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REDEFINING US-ASEAN TIES
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March - April 2010
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The United States is facing daunting prospects in the Asia-Pacific region, a huge market for US goods, while China’s influence is growing as it makes rapid trade inroads in the region. The implications for the US and its need to redefine its ties with Asean are explored in our exclusive interviews with Ernest Z. Bower, Senior Adviser & Director - Southeast Asia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Founding Partner, Brooks Bower Asia LLC and former President of the US-Asean Business Council, and Demetrios Marantis, Deputy United States Trade Representative for Asia.

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VIENNA AIRPORT EUROPEAN HUB FOREVER

Interview with Herbert Kaufmann,
Speaker of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG
(Vienna International Airport)

Q: Where does Vienna Airport stand in terms of traffic growth among major airports in Europe?

A: The aviation branch has not remained untouched by economic developments and Vienna International Airport is also unable to detach from these trends. However, with a decline of 8.3 percent in the number of passengers for 2009, Flughafen Wien AG exceeded its own forecast. A total of 18,114,103 passengers were handled at Vienna International Airport during the past year. For 2010, Flughafen Wien AG is forecasting growth of 2 percent in the number of passengers. In January 2010 the number of passengers rose by 4.1 percent year-on-year to 1,202,594.

Q: How did VIE respond to the impact of global economic downturn and what is its growth strategy – passenger traffic and cargo – going forward? How does VIE compete for growing traffic from Central and Eastern Europe?

A: The airport is well equipped to meet the coming challenges – with four strong advantages over competitors: an ideal geographic position as a hub for Eastern Europe and the Middle East; high quality service standards as the most punctual transfer airport in Europe with a minimum connecting time of 25 minutes that is unmatched in European comparison; an attractive tariff model for airlines with a transfer incentive system and guaranteed infrastructure capacity for the future. The tariff adjustments and incentive programmes developed by Vienna International Airport are designed to transfer part of the occupancy risk from the airlines to the company and, in doing so, support key strategic intercontinental destinations as well as traffic to Eastern and Central Europe. With the geographical good location Vienna has the advantage of shorter distances by road to a number of cities in Eastern Europe. Also the short delivery and acceptance times make the cargo transfer at VIE, to and from the CEE countries, very popular. The new services in the second half of 2009 helped to recover the previous lost ground.

Q: Does VIE run or manage other airports or does it have a plan to do so in future?

A: Flughafen Wien AG currently holds investments in Malta, Košice and Friedrichshafen Airports. This successful participation is demonstrated by Malta Airport, which has steadily expanded its role as an important regional business and tourism hub since the entry of Flughafen Wien AG. Malta takes the 4th place in the Airport Service Quality Survey 2009 (ACI) ranking of the best European airports.

Q: What s VIE´s contribution to Austria´s economy?

A: The Flughafen Wien Group currently employs a workforce of more than 4,000, and in total 18,000 men and women work at the over 230 companies that are located at the airport. That makes Vienna International Airport the largest employer in the eastern region of Austria as well as a driver for the employment market in the entire region. An additional 52,500 jobs in Austria are indirectly related to the airport.

The Flughafen Wien Group currently employs a workforce of more than 4,000, and in total 18,000 men and women work at the over 230 companies that are located at the airport. That makes Vienna International Airport the largest employer in the eastern region of Austria as well as a driver for the employment market in the entire region. An additional 52,500 jobs in Austria are indirectly related to the airport.

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