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Hammers edge out Toffees in FA Cup thriller

first_imgThere are another three FA Cup third round replays taking place later tonight, but they’re unlikely to match last night’s drama at Upton Park.West Ham came out on-top of an epic penalty shoot-out against 10-man Everton to secure their progress to the fourth-round.Both sides held the lead during the game, which finished dead-locked 2-all after extra-time and there were 20 penalties taken during the shoot-out before Hammers goalkeeper, Adrían scored the decisive goal to help his side to a 9-8 win. West Hams win sets up a fourth-round trip to Bristol City, who beat Doncaster 2-0.Fulham also needed spot-kicks to win their tie, as they got past Wolves, and will now play Sunderland.Chesterfield’s 2-0 win over Scunthorpe earned them a game with Derby.Tonights’ replay action will see Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich host Southampton while Tottenham face Burnley in an all Premier League clash.The other game features Bradford against Millwall.last_img read more

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Sydney Airport makeover to transform NSW aviation

first_imgAiming to increase traffic flow, Sydney Airport has released plans to divide its space into two airline alliance-based precincts that would integrate international, domestic and regional services under the single roof.Hoping for completion date of 2019 and awaiting necessary 2014 Master Plan approval, the proposed plan would see the Qantas Group operating under the current domestic terminals T2 and T3 while Virgin Australia and its international alliance members would operate from current international terminal T1.The Airport said in a statement to its shareholders that the makeover would provide better use of its current facilities, improve aircraft parking space as well as allow room for future terminal enhancements.Meanwhile other carriers including Tiger Airways, Rex, AeroPelican and Brindabella would undergo consultation to decide which terminal they would operate out of.Jumping on board with new plans, Qantas and Virgin Australia signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to progress the proposal.Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather explained that the integration has the potential “transform aviation in NSW”.“First, it would improve Sydney Airport’s attractiveness as a global hub and deliver a better passenger experience every day,” Ms Mather said.“Second, as Sydney Airport invests in its future it would bring with growth in tourism and business travel which would lead to job creation and contribution.”She added that the improvements would reduce aircraft turnaround times, eliminate towed main runway crossings, reduce aircraft emissions as well as minimise operating disruptions.Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce and Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti concurred noting that the changes would significant benefits to travellers.“As passenger numbers grow over the next decade, it is vital that airlines and airports work closely together to deliver a seamless travel experience,” Mr Joyce said.While Mr Borghetti said Virgin believes “there is potential in Sydney Airport’s proposal” and is keen to see how it “supports the growth of Virgin Australia and its alliance partners”.Tourism Australia has also backed Sydney Airport’s decision to unite its split its operations based on airline alliances, claiming it would help achieve 2020 growth plans.The Group’s managing director Andrew McEvoy said in an online statement the new division expected to provide more seamless travel for holiday-makers, the plan would help Sydney Airport grow sustainably.“Sydney Airport has a vital role to play for Australian tourism as both the largest international air gateway to our country along with the busiest domestic air facility,” Mr McEvoy said. “All our international air gateways are critical, but the industry does acknowledge the key role Sydney Airport plays in catering for more flyers and greater onward connections than any other Australian airport.“Together with the recently announced Rydges hotel development for the international terminal at Sydney, this is continued evidence that Sydney Airport share our growth vision and, with it, the need for significant supporting infrastructure investment and realigning the use of existing terminal resources.”Earlier this year Tourism Australia released a 2020 plan which would see Australian tourism double existing overnight visitor expenditure to $140 billion per annum.The airport changes would also see Qantas receive a new engineering complex while Virgin Australia will welcome a new hangar. Proposed Virgin Australia and alliance precinct Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jcenter_img Qantas Group proposed precinctlast_img read more

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