Q1 intl traffic growth offsets weak domestic demand at Sydney Airport

International traffic growth of over five per cent has offset flat domestic passenger numbers at Sydney Airport for the first quarter of 2017.

Figures released by Sydney Airport on Thursday show international passenger numbers through Australia’s busiest airport increased by 5.7 per cent in the first quarter compared to the first quarter of 2016, while domestic passenger numbers were essentially flat, growing by a scant 0.2 per cent.

“We are pleased that international passenger growth in the first quarter of 2017 has remained strong at 5.7 per cent versus the prior corresponding period,” Sydney Airport managing director and CEO Kerrie Mather said in a statement.

“In addition to the full year impact of services that commenced last year, over 620,000 annualised new international seats have already been announced in 2017. The additional services have been focused on Asia, with new and increased capacity to China, Vietnam, Korea, Indonesia and Hong Kong.”

For the month of March domestic passenger numbers did show modest growth, up 1.4 per cent on March 2016 (to 2,301,000), while international passenger numbers were up by 2.3 per cent (to 1,206,000), despite Easter falling in March in 2016 as opposed to April this year.

The airport also notes that domestic traffic in March “was also impacted by some service interruptions associated with Cyclone Debbie”.


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Abidjan ‘’immortalise’’ Papa Wemba un an après sa mort

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Commémoration de l`an de la mort de Papa Wemba : Une place inaugurée en son nom à Anoumabo
Abidjan le 24 avril 2017. À l`occasion de I`an un du décès de Papa Wemba, une place à été inaugurée à Anoumabo en présence de membres de sa famille.

L’artiste congolais Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba plus connu sous le nom de Papa Wemba, décédé, il y’a un an à Abidjan a été honoré , lundi soir , à travers une Place baptisée en son nom , a constaté APA sur place dans la capitale économique ivoirienne.

« Papa Wemba est un immortel (…) fait partie de notre patrimoine culturel », a expliqué le lead vocal du groupe ivoirien Magic System, Salif Traoré, dit A’Salfo, Commissaire général du Festival des musiques urbaines d’Anoumabo (FEMUA), la dernière scène de la star de la Rumba congolaise Papa Wemba.

Le site situé dans le village d’Anoumabo, en plein cœur de la commune de Marcory (commune au Sud d’Abidjan), qui accueille chaque année le FEMUA a été baptisé «Place Papa Wemba » au cours d’une cérémonie symbolisée par le dépôt de gerbe de fleurs par les ministres ivoirien et congolais de la culture, des membres du groupe Magic System et des membres de sa famille au pied d’un mur où est placardé un grand poster de l’artiste.

Commentant la mort de la tête d’affiche de la 9ème édition du FEMUA, A’Salfo a souligné « que le temps s’est arrêté…une situation qui permet de dire que la mort à des scénarios que la vie ignore ».

« La douleur que nous avons vécue est inexplicable », se rappelle le Commissaire du FEMUA, avec beaucoup d’émotions, marquant quelques secondes de pause, en pleurs lors de son mot à l’occasion de cette journée d’hommage avec pour intermèdes des titres à succès du « Roi » Papa Wemba.

« Il nous a toujours encouragé à aller de l’avant. Il a exhorté la nouvelle génération à se professionnaliser .Il nous appartient d’assurer cet héritage qu’il nous a légué », a ajouté M. Traoré qui a expliqué la présence de ‘’Viva la Musica’ venu du Congo « pour achever le concert de Papa Wemba tombé à la 20ème minute » de sa prestation lors du FEMUA 9.

Le ministre ivoirien de la Culture et de la francophonie a exhorté les artistes de continuer à pérenniser le souvenir de ce grand homme par la production d’œuvres de qualité quand son homologue, Sylvain Maurice Mashéké, ministre de la Culture et des Arts de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) a salué le peuple ivoirien pour cette «marque de reconnaissance et de sollicitude ».

Une parade de la Société des ‘’ambianceurs’’ et des personnes élégantes (SAPE), concept promu par Papa Wemba , a également marqué cette cérémonie d’hommage à l’artiste qui va se poursuivre par un concert de l’Ivoirienne Nash en compagnie du groupe Viva La Musica.

Papa Wemba a trouvé la mort à la suite d’un malaise qui l’a affaissé en pleine prestation lors de la 9ème édition du Festival des musiques urbaines d’Anoumabo (FEMUA).

La 10 ème édition pour sa part s’ouvre officiellement, mardi, avec pour thème ‘’l’Afrique face aux défis du réchauffement climatique’’. Tiken Jah de Fakoly, Singuila, Salif Keita, Black M. sont entre autres attendus à ce FEMUA 10.



Source : http://news.abidjan.net

Anzac Square fills for Brisbane dawn service

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Bird calls and drum rolls. These are the sounds that welcomed Anzac Day to Brisbane.

Families, veterans and other locals gathered in a darkened Anzac Square to commemorate the occasion, with the solemn service beginning at 4.28am.

Thousands stood silently at the Shrine of Remembrance as the muffled sound of drummers moving up Adelaide Street mixed with waking wildlife.

Among them was Nate Fealy, of Albany Creek, who spent 15 years in the military including stints in Afghanistan, Timor and Papua New Guinea before departing as a corporal in 2009.

The stoic 39-year-old said attending the dawn service wasn’t immediately emotional – but it was a way to reconnect with past comrades.

“It comes later on during the day sometimes,” he said, medals displayed proudly on his chest.

“Today is just all about being here for the rest of your mates.”

Children were hoisted onto parents’ shoulders as the ceremony, also attended by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, got under way.

“This occasion engenders huge emotional effect nationally and individually – and rightly so,” Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey told the packed square.

Schoolgirls in the crowd rubbed their eyes as he recounted how the war’s initial recruits hoped for adventure and the glory of battle.

“(Eventually) the war’s grim reality was plain for everyone to see,” he told the large crowd.

As is tradition, the service concluded with the playing of the last post bugle call and the intonation: “Lest we forget”.

Mercifully, the birds waited their turn this time.

Meanwhile, the centenary of the successful charge by Australian cavalry in the World War One Battle of Beersheba has been honoured at dawn service on the Gold Coast.

A company of 12 light horseman led veterans into the service at Currumbin’s Elephant Rock on the city’s southern coast.

An estimated crowd of 15,000, including former prime minister Tony Abbott, gathered in the shadow of the rock, which was lit red for the service.

The service, one of the biggest regional services in Queensland, began with a didgeridoo being played on the base of the rock.

A lone piper then took over from the top of the rock where Australian and New Zealand flags flew at half mast.

The service has also honoured the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign in Papua New Guinea and the bombing of Darwin.

The service will conclude with the annual burial at sea where the ashes of 34 servicemen and their family members will be scattered on the waves by local rowers from the Currumbin Vikings surf lifesaving club.



Source : Brisbane Times

Australia and New Zealand envoys honor Anzac Day, aim to boost ties with Turkey

The Envoys of New Zealand and Australia to Ankara stressed the significance of ANZAC Day for their respective countries, saying that it keeps national consciousness and identity alive and it, in many ways, defined who they are as people.

On April 25, 1915, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed on the shores of Gallipoli in Turkey where Aussies and Kiwis fought together for the first time during World War I. Even though the Gallipoli campaign was not a military success, it left behind a powerful legacy, creating what is known as the “Anzac legend.” Therefore, April 25 is commemorated as Anzac Day by both Australia and New Zealand. As this year marks the 102nd anniversary of the Gallipoli War, Australian Ambassador to Ankara James Larsen spoke about the significance of Anzac Day, saying that it is very much a core part of Australia’s national history, asserting that “It [the Gallipoli War] defined who we are as a nation in many ways, in the sense of our soldiers going overseas to war for almost the first time in Australian uniform, fighting under the Australian flag for almost the first time.”

New Zealand Ambassador to Ankara Jonathan Andrew Curr also underlined the significance of Anzac Day for New Zealand’s national awareness and identity, emphasizing that it is a day that marks the founding of the Anzac relationship. “Anzac Day also marks service in the Second World War, Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, Bosnia and Afghanistan, as well as our many other peacekeeping operations.” Ambassador Curr said.

Regarding the impact of Anzac Day on bilateral relations, New Zealand Ambassador Curr said Anzac commemorations have a tremendously positive influence on bilateral relations, noting: “Despite the conflict on the Gallipoli Peninsula over a century ago, a strong friendship has grown out of reconciliation between our two nations.” The ambassador went on to say, “[The] Gallipoli [War] is widely regarded by both sides as the foundation of our friendship and it has brought two countries that are both very different and far away from each, closer together in a special way. It is also an example for the world of how reconciliation and friendship can arise out of conflict,” he added.

From the Australian perspective, Ambassador Larsen says that Anzac commemorations are milestone events for bilateral relations. “When I came here [to Turkey], I was astonished by how deeply felt and profoundly influenced our Turkish perceptions are by the Battle of Gallipoli and how much our Australian relationship is often perceived through the prism of the shared Gallipoli experience. I think one of the reasons for this is, if you look at the archives and see the letters that the soldiers sent home. …In these letters, they talk about the admiration the Australian soldiers had for their Turkish foes and the decency the Turks showed to the Australians,” Larsen said.

Commenting on the future of Turkish-Australian relations Ambassador Larsen said Australia is here for the long-term in terms of its strong and friendly relationship with Turkey and the Turkish people. “So, our ambition is to look at the positive aspects of our relationship and foster these relations to allow our countries to continue to be more productive, more collaborative and build on [the relationship] we have. One area in which we would like to do more business. I want to encourage more Australian businesses to look at Turkey and, of course, Turkish businesses to look at Australia for opportunities,” Larsen said “If you look at the strengths of the Australian economy, they are very conducive to what we would like to do in Turkey especially in the mining, agriculture and education sectors,” he added.

“In education, we would love to see more Australians come to Turkish universities and more Turks come to Australian universities. Australia is a superpower in the mining sector. I think there is vast potential for the resources industry in Turkey over time, so, we would be very happy to share investment, knowledge, expertise, and two-way opportunities. In agriculture, Australia and Turkey are very similar large countries with a vast agriculture sector. We can collaborate much more with business partnerships regarding the types of animals we choose in agriculture, the type of crops we cultivate, the technology we use, and water supply. There is lots we can do,” Ambassador Larsen concluded.

Regarding the future of Turkey-New Zealand relations, New Zealand Ambassador Curr underlined that there is a lot that can be done. “We are interested in enhancing cooperation in the economic sphere and New Zealand will host a meeting of the New Zealand-Turkey Joint Economic Commission later this year. The potential for closer cooperation is enormous. There is so much more we could do if there were freer trade between New Zealand and Turkey, especially in regards to agricultural goods. We hope that it will be possible to work with Turkey for the establishment of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in the future,” he said. “We consult regularly on foreign policy issues. We value Turkey’s views on the surrounding region, especially the Middle East, and we share our views on the Asia-Pacific region. We plan to hold political consultations later this year,” he added.

“We work cooperatively on international issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis. As a responsible member of the international community, we want to help Turkey deal with this burden, through support for the U.N. organizations working here and through bilateral mechanisms. We have been working on an agreement to fund the construction of a school in [Turkey’s] Şanlıurfa province to help meet educational needs there. We also stand with Turkey in the fight against terrorism, and are both part of the coalition against Daesh,” Ambassador Curr concluded.


Source : dailysabah.com

Istanbul New Airport Aims to highlight city’s character as transfer hub, hot destination

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As well as its non-negligible economic impact on the Turkish economy, Istanbul New Airport is an ambitious project that offers a memorable travel experience with various entertainment facilities such as concerts, speed city tours, retail shops and hotels

Imagine you have a more than 10-hour or even 20-hour layover in an airport. Would you prefer to wait in the crowded and hectic airport premises with limited entertainment facilities such as restaurants and shops and lay down on the hard chairs in the waiting halls or gates or would you rather discover the city you are passing through and wander around its monuments and streets?

The reply most people would give to this question would be to choose the latter, since they may find it a little bit boring to wait for several hours in a closed area. But the reply also begs another question. How can someone seize the layover time to indulge in an adventure in the transfer city? Probably by their own means, searching landmarks, must-see points and maybe a place to crash and spend the night in the city center close to the airport, if the layover extends through the night. Despite the labor, a long transfer period can turn into a fun memory.

Still, passengers may not have the opportunity to seize the time or may be too lazy to arrange the transportation to hit downtown or go to the places listed as the city’s monuments.

In this case, one can resort to the facilities in the airport. Many transfer passengers also enjoy an airport city right at the heart of the airport, surrounded by malls, hotels, and restaurants or an airport terminal that can turn into a music hall where passengers can indulge in beautiful melodies. This is the portrait of an airport that strives to cater to the needs of its passengers and give them some quality time.

Now, imagine an airport that offers its passengers and transfer passengers a breath of fresh air in one of the most beautiful cities the world has seen: Istanbul.

That is what the Istanbul New Airport administration is preparing for once the airport starts serving visitors.

The airport’s administration plans to offer passengers with a long enough layover time a speedy Istanbul tour in an attempt to provide passengers a memorable travel experience and to emphasize the city’s character as a destination in addition to a transfer hub.

A destination to experience

It was 2015 when Turkey initiated the construction of one of the largest infrastructure projects in the entire history of the Republic. Istanbul New Airport, also known as the Third Airport, has set out to become one of the largest airports in the world and the biggest air transfer hub in Europe, once finished.

Aiming to become both a destination, an arrival point, and a transfer hub, Istanbul New Airport strives to offer passengers unique experiences, both inside and outside the airport, which will change the perception of aviation services.

Speaking to Daily Sabah, Hüseyin Keskin, chairman of Istanbul Grand Airport (IGA), explained both the entertainment and security services at the airport.

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“We will build an airport where we can offer our passengers facilities or opportunities according to their gender, age, demographic background, needs or pleasures, income level, time and morale at the time of travelling,” Keskin said.

Keskin said that transfer passengers waiting for their next flight can enjoy shopping in a vast area of duty-free and retail stores within the premises of the airport, as well as listening to a nice concert. The IGA chairman also highlighted that a project to provide an Istanbul tour for transfer passengers is on the table.

Easy pass, convenient travel

Keskin said 3.5 billion people, which is half of the current world population, are estimated to be candidates for the use of Istanbul New Airport during the first 25 years that IGA will operate the airport. He declared, “Only the fast and effective integration of technology can enable a perfect journey for so many people.”

Keskin explained that instead of giant and alarming security check systems, the third airport in Istanbul will install smart security units that can scan people in groups and monitor suspicious or dangerous faces from designated centers. “This system,” the IGA chairman said, “will secure swift and efficient security checks and boost passenger satisfaction.”

Moreover, Keskin also expressed that machines and equipment that can recognize and process mobile signs, faces and voices or with other personal data will be used at the check-in and baggage claim points.

Another convenience the Istanbul New Airport offers is that of speedy passenger flow simplified through visible and easily recognizable processes, dynamically composed routes and decreased and easier walking distances, Keskin noted, adding that the administration is planning an airport that will eliminate the crowds that overwhelm passengers.

A transfer hub to surpass its counterparts

All the listed convenience and entertainment facilities explained above aim to offer passengers arriving in Istanbul or transferring somewhere else a pleasant and unforgettable travel experience that reinforces Istanbul’s character as a center of world aviation and further reinforces the city’s character as a transfer hub and destination.
Highlighting Istanbul’s position as “the West of the East and the East of the West,” CEO of Turkish Airlines (THY) Bilal Ekşi stated that 66 percent of world air traffic passes over Istanbul and there are 41 countries and 78 cities (excluding Turkish cities) in a three-hour radius to Turkey, 53 countries and 118 cities in a four-hour flight radius and 66 countries and 143 cities in a five-hour flight radius, emphasizing the city’s connectivity to the surrounding regions, hence its significant potential as a transfer hub with high connectivity.

According to the THY CEO, the airliner offers services to these destinations in narrow-body aircraft, which are important for carrying transfer passengers and can fly short distances. These narrow-body aircraft serve a large region, taking off from Istanbul. They can fly to 200 destinations out of 242 international destinations to more than 60 capitals and THY’s narrow-body aircraft can fly to the entirety of Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, North and Eastern Africa, which means that, as Ekşi confirms, THY can fly to most of the destinations many airliners serve with wide-body aircraft from Istanbul at more reasonable prices.

In addition to providing cost advantages, Ekşi stated that these aircraft offer passengers the opportunity to fly at different hours of the day and do not confine them to a single frequency.

Ekşi also remarked that when Istanbul New Airport becomes operational, the problem of frequency for many airliners that cannot fly to or from Istanbul due to shortage of slots will be able to fly to or from Istanbul, which will bring new airliners into Turkish aviation.

Ekşi also stressed that Istanbul New Airport will upgrade Istanbul’s aviation services, which already offer flights to the greatest number of countries.

Istanbul New Airport Aims to highlight city's character as transfer hub, hot destination

When asked about how the airliner could contribute to the competition with other rising airports in the region, Ekşi said that THY foresees a significant increase in the frequency of flights to important world capitals and destinations where they carry a vast number of passengers. Another important contributor, according to Ekşi, will be the quality time the new airport will present to its passengers, which in return gains both the airport and the company a competitive edge over their rivals.

Emphasizing that IGA wants to strongly reveal Istanbul’s character not only as a transfer hub, but also as a destination, IGA Chairman Keskin noted that the number of airliners carrying passengers from long distance intercontinental destinations are limited, except when it comes to THY.

Only three airline companies from Eastern and Southeastern Asia directly fly to Istanbul and there are no airliners flying from Africa to Istanbul, Keskin said, adding that no airline company flies directly to Istanbul from India, China and Japan, which are among the world’s prominent countries in terms of population and economic growth. Therefore, Keskin firmly believes increasing connectivity with the aforementioned regions will improve Turkey’s position in civic aviation.

Istanbul New Airport Aims to highlight city's character as transfer hub, hot destination

Keskin opines that one of the vital advantages of Istanbul New Airport over its rivals in Europe, such as Amsterdam’s Schiphol, London’s Heathrow, and Frankfurt Airport in Germany, is the fact that Istanbul has scheduled flights during the night, as opposed to many European airports, which are either closed or offer limited service at night.

Economic impact of aviation

Successful and dense hub airports with high rates of efficiency play a special role in an economy by underpinning a country’s connectivity to long haul destinations around the world.

A 2011 report prepared for Heathrow Airport outlines that London Heathrow is Britain’s gateway to the global economy, handling around 69.5 million passengers per year. The report reveals that more than 4 million long haul passengers a year arrive at Heathrow to visit Britain, which composes 80 percent of all the long haul passengers coming to the country. Moreover, in the same year, it was reported that Heathrow provided 220,000 jobs and contributed 11.1 billion pounds to the British economy, 6.1 billion pounds of which is contributed by long haul passengers, while 1.6 billion pounds was provided by stop-over passengers (See Table 1).

The activities in Schiphol Amsterdam constitute a vital engine driving the Netherlands’ economy and generates employment. The aviation sector contributes more than 26 billion euros every year to the GDP (gross domestic product) of the Netherlands. The Schiphol site hosts about 500 companies providing employment for nearly 65,000 workers.

Furthermore, according a report prepared by the International Airport Transport Association (IATA) the air transport industry is estimated to have supported a $9.7 billion gross value added contribution to GDP in Turkey in 2014.

“Spending by foreign tourists supported a further $39 billion gross value added contribution to the country’s GDP. This means that 6 percent of the country’s GDP is supported by the air transport sector and foreign tourists arriving by air,” the report demonstrated.

The figures provide a general framework of the importance of aviation to the economies of countries with a developed aviation sector. Connectivity, which measures access to the global network of air transport hubs in major airports and designates the combination of arrival points and frequency, secures significant economic gains.

The studies measuring the contribution of connectivity to the economic growth prove that connectivity has a statistically significant relation to a country’s GDP. Another study by IATA (2006) shows that a 10 percent increase in connectivity yields a 1.1 percent increase in GDP, which increases business investments (0.6 percent) and total factor productivity (0.9 percent).

All these figures and statistical data compels one to ask the question how Istanbul New Airport will increase the city’s and its own connectivity and bring economic gains.

With regards to connectivity, both the airport administration and Turkey’s flagship carrier THY particularly aim to increase and diversify the frequency at the airport, the timing and the capacity of flights.

IGA Chairman Keskin said Istanbul New Airport will provide flights to more than 350 destinations around the world, which makes it one of the biggest hubs in the world. The airport will also serve almost 100 airline companies. Once all the phases are completed, the daily take-off/landing average will be likely around 3,500 and it will have a capacity for 347 narrow-body and 266 wide-body planes in addition to six runways and 143 boarding bridges, the chairman stated.

These flight facilities will in turn contribute to the macroeconomic data of the Turkish economy to a considerable extent. Istanbul New Airport is expected to provide employment for 225,000 people by 2025, as an economic impact analysis report prepared by the Center for Economic and Foreign Policy Studies reveals.

Furthermore, an additional household income will be created, of around $3.8-4.4 billion, and its contribution to Turkey’s national economy will reach up to 4.2-4.9 percent of the national income. This percentage may seem challenging and unachievable for some, yet there is the concrete example of Amsterdam Schiphol. The studies prove that the contribution of Schiphol Airport constitutes more than 90 percent of the Netherlands’ aviation sector in the country’s economy, meaning that about 3 percent and 3.4 percent of the GNP (Gross National Product) is composed of the aviation industry.

With all the promises and excitement, Turkey now waits for the grand opening of the first phase of Istanbul New Airport, the first phase of which is planned to be operational by 2018.


Source : dailysabah.com

Diamond trader arrested for staging multi-million euro raid

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A diamond merchant has been arrested for allegedly staging a multi-million-euro raid in order to claim the insurance money.

The 50-year-old man was kidnapped at gunpoint and locked in his office in Amstelveen together with his son by three men last November, in a case that featured on the police appeal show Opsporing Verzocht. The trio made off with diamonds worth millions of euros in the jeweller’s car.

Police arrested the alleged kidnappers, a 23-year-old man from Houten, a 32-year-old man from Rotterdam and a 38-year-old woman from Huizen, on the basis of tips from the public.

The dealer was arrested on April 18 after police recovered jewels in a raid on his home and wholesale business.

The insurance company, which had already paid out a chunk of the compensation claim, is pressing fraud charges.

Source : DutchNews.nl

Hypotéky lámali na začiatku roka rekordy

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Ku koncu februára schválili banky vyše 206-tisíc nových úverov.Autor: SHUTTERSTOCK

V prvom štvrťroku tohto roka bol dopyt na realitnom trhu enormný. Mnohí si chceli ešte vybaviť hypotéky podľa starých pravidiel. „Niektorí záujemcovia o kúpu to nechávali na poslednú chvíľu,“ hovorí generálna sekretárka Národnej asociácie realitných kancelárií Slovenska Zuzana Jakabíková.

Záujem sa podľa nej výrazne zvýšil hlavne v marci. Upozorňuje, že viacero z marcových ponúk na úvery banky prehodnocujú a znižujú percentuálnu výšku úveru napríklad na 70 percent z ceny nehnuteľnosti. Problematické sú podľa nej hlavne staršie byty, ktorých ceny sú v porovnaní s novostavbami privysoké. „Banky môžu zvažovať ich trhovú hodnotu,“ hovorí. Ich cena v dlhodobom horizonte totiž rásť nebude, skôr môže klesnúť, dodáva, menej rizikové sú preto novostavby.

Ku koncu februára schválili banky vyše 206-tisíc nových úverov. Teda medziročne o 6,2 percenta viac, uviedla Národná banka Slovenska (NBS). V rovnakom období minulého roka uzatvorili banky niečo vyše 194-tisíc nových zmlúv. Dvestotisícovú hranicu prekonali v septembri. Celková výška nesplatených istín z hypotekárnych úverov predstavovala podľa NBS na konci februára tohto roka 5,55 miliardy eur.

„Niektorí klienti, ktorí si plánovali týmto spôsobom financovať svoje bývanie, sa vplyvom informácií o zmene podmienok rozhodli požiadať o úver skôr,“ vysvetľuje hovorkyňa ČSOB Anna Jamborová. Zvýšený záujem o hypotekárne úvery však podľa nej pokračoval aj v úvode tohto roka. Vo februári tohto roka zaznamenala banka nárast počtu hypoték o viac ako štvrtinu oproti minuloročnému februáru, dodáva.

Nové pravidlá sa podľa Jamborovej dotknú najviac ľudí, čo nemajú nasporené peniaze na dofinancovanie nehnuteľnosti. „Jedným z riešení môže byť napríklad to, že budú siahať po lacnejšej nehnuteľnosti,“ hovorí. Alebo sa zadlžovať na dlhšie obdobie či hľadať spoludlžníka, dodáva. Niektorí klienti tiež môžu podľa nej uprednostniť nájom bytu pred jeho kúpou.

Zníženie záujmu o hypotéky v najbližšom období hovorkyňa UniCredit Bank Zuzana Ďuďáková neočakáva. „Nároky na výšku príjmu žiadateľa o hypotéku sa budú ešte zvyšovať,“ hovorí. Otázne zostáva, koľko ľudí splní nové prísnejšie pravidlá, dodáva. Predpokladá, že sa zníži záujem o chaty a pozemky. Takéto nehnuteľnosti je možné použiť ako zabezpečenie úveru len pri dobe splatnosti osem rokov.

Predaj hypoték vo VÚB banke sa vlani podľa vedúcej úverových produktov banky Angeliky Farkašovej takmer zdvojnásobil. A to aj napriek rastu cien nehnuteľností. „V tomto trende pokračujeme aj od začiatku roku 2017,“ hovorí. Zvýšila sa aj výška poskytnutých hypotekárnych úverov – v úvode roka sa priemerne pohybovala na úrovni 72 000 eur, čo je medziročne o 2¤300 eur viac, vysvetľuje.

Nové pravidlá sa podľa nej dotknú najviac mladých ľudí a ľudí s nízkym príjmom. „Práve tých, ktorí si nestihli alebo nevedia našetriť dostatok vlastných zdrojov potrebných na financovanie vlastného bývania,“ hovorí Farkašová. Hypotéku tak budú nútení kombinovať so spotrebným úverom, prípadne so stavebným sporením, dodáva.



Several prospective bidders to conduct due diligence of Merkur

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Naklo, 24 April – The bankruptcy administrator of hardware group Merkur has received several non-binding bids for the outright stake in the retail arm Merkur trgovina. The interested parties will now conduct due diligence before submitting binding bids, was told by administrator Simona Goriup.

While Goriup would not disclose any details beyond saying she expected the sale could be wrapped up in June, media reports suggest several Slovenian bidders had come forward.

Web portal Siol.net said that several major Merkur suppliers and creditors had incorporated a company, MMTN Investicije, to carry out the purchase.

The business newspaper Finance said that other interested parties include Avrigo, a major transport company, Ahac, a retailer, and Coma, a company specialising in the supply of water and sewage equipment.

The bankruptcy administrator had tried to sell Merkur by soliciting binding bids, but failed to receive a single offer.

Merkur trgovina is the retail operation of Merkur, which was sliced up as part of the bankruptcy procedure to allow the stores to continue operating.

While binding bids are sought for the retail operation, Heta Asset Resolution, the Austrian bad bank, has been soliciting bids for the Merkur shopping centres and real estate.


Source : Slovenia Times