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Old April 16th, 2015, 05:50 AM   #261
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Visited Hongkong 2 years ago and I must say their airport is one of the largest, busiest and yet clean airport I've seen.
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Opponents of third runway are losing the argument and public support
Albert Cheng says to galvanise the Hong Kong people, activists must focus on the real reason the airport plan won't work - airspace issues
17 April 2015
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Since the Executive Council's decision last month to bypass the legislature to fund a third runway at Chek Lap Kok, concern groups have tried various tactics to derail the project. Their actions have so far failed to gain traction.

Several grass-roots bodies have launched signature campaigns. Others have demonstrated at Hong Kong International Airport. Yet, there is no sign of the protests snowballing into a mass movement similar to the one in January 2010, against the local section of the express rail link to Guangzhou, when legislators who voted in favour of the scheme had to be escorted by police to safety amid a sea of angry protesters.

The absence of popular support stems from the groups' failure to articulate why the runway is unacceptable. The arguments put forward by their leaders simply do not resonate with citizens.

In a recent newspaper article, activist Eddie Chu Hoi-dick said: "The overwhelming majority of Hong Kong citizens, while paying attention to the third runway controversy, have no intention at all to reflect on their way of life, which involves taking more and more frequent flights."

To follow through on his logic, the best solution to airport congestion is to fly less. This anti-development attitude may be popular within a small circle of "progressive" youths. Yet, it borders on the ridiculous and can hardly serve to galvanise support for their campaign.

Other activists insist it is unfair for the public to foot the bill. They argue that the airline companies should pay because they stand to benefit most. Taxes aside, airliners have to pay various fees and charges to park and use the airport facilities. It is unheard of for them to also be held financially responsible for the construction of terminals and runways.

If they were made to pay, would they then be given access to the new runway according to the amount of their respective contribution? Such ill-considered reasons against the third runway will only give more ammunition to those in support.

It is almost a foregone conclusion that Hong Kong needs a third runway in the long run and to build a new terminal immediately to provide more parking space. These facilities are indispensable for our future overall interests.

The crux of the issue is that the existing runways' capacity has yet to be maximised, due to the poor management of both the Airport Authority and the Civil Aviation Department.

It is far more than a matter of hardware. Issues like airspace congestion and lack of aviation-related specialists have yet to be resolved. Any attempt to build a third runway is doomed to be a waste of time, money and human resources, if such software problems persist.

A clear and credible articulation of the reasons for action is a prerequisite to mobilise people. The same applies to those who want the plan to go ahead. If the government and Airport Authority want a popular mandate, they need to redouble their efforts.

On Tuesday, Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung met the mainland's civil aviation chief in Beijing, during which the latter expressed support for the third runway. Cheung said the authorities in Macau, Hong Kong and the mainland would continue to work together to enact the airspace management agreement signed in 2007.

He did not furnish any details. He is effectively asking people to put blind faith in the authorities to come up with a consensus that will work for Hong Kong.

If the official parties were sincere about resolving the issue, they would have allowed Hong Kong greater access to the airspace in the Pearl River Delta, so we could handle more flights now. Presumably, the mainland authorities are procrastinating because they want to gain better leverage on our right to negotiate bilateral air services agreements, which is enshrined in the Basic Law.
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Old May 11th, 2015, 02:16 PM   #263
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T2 to 'close for four years'
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Monday, May 11, 2015



Hong Kong International Airport's Terminal 2 which has been in operation for 13 years will be completely shut down for four years from 2019 as part of expansion work in preparation for the third runway.

The HK$2.8 billion Terminal 2 started operation in February 2002, serving 27 airlines.

An Airport Authority spokesman told Sing Tao Daily, sister paper of The Standard, that Terminal 2 is 90 percent full, with at least 80 shops and 20 restaurants. "It is nearly completely rented out."

But a source close to the authority said it will be "totally closed for expansion work for four years to carry out improvement work" if construction for the third runway starts as planned next year.

The expansion will include restructuring the main building of Terminal 2, and constructing two additional annex buildings.

According to the third runway system design announced earlier, Terminal 2 will be modified and expanded for providing a full-service processing terminal and construction of an associated road network.

The services will include handling arrivals, departures and transfers. And the two new annex buildings will be reserved for coach staging, car parking, loading and unloading bays, and a limousine lounge.
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Party flags up air traffic issues over third runway
14 May 2015
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The third runway project at Chek Lap Kok airport should not go ahead unless questions involving airspace and financing plans are clarified, the Civic Party told the government yesterday.

Pilot Jeremy Tam Man-ho, a party member, also said he had told aviation officials that Hong Kong must “not cut a single inch of airspace” to the mainland when authorities implement a plan forged in 2007 to coordinate regional airspace.

He also warned it would be unconstitutional if air traffic controllers across the border were given the power to control flights in Hong Kong.

To achieve the handling capacity of 102 flights an hour when the three-runway system was completed in 2023, Shenzhen would have to cede some of its airspace for departing aircraft to turn north straight away rather than south.

“Why does Hong Kong need to control some of Shenzhen’s airspace?” he asked after a meeting with officials.

“It’s just as unreasonable for our police officers to enforce laws in Shenzhen.”

Tam urged the government to study how many flights the airport could handle in an hour if the airspace issue could not be resolved. He also wanted the government to pledge it would not underwrite the project.

Legislator Kwok Ka-ki, who also attended the meeting, said the government failed to address questions they raised and stressed the Airport Authority must not be allowed to carry out any “irreversible” decisions.

The government had proposed allowing the authority to carry out reclamation works on the foreshore and seabed to the north of the airport for construction of the third runway, with interested parties able to submit a written objection to the director of lands before July 8.
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Pilot Jeremy Tam Man-ho, a party member, also said he had told aviation officials that Hong Kong must “not cut a single inch of airspace” to the mainland when authorities implement a plan forged in 2007 to coordinate regional airspace.

He also warned it would be unconstitutional if air traffic controllers across the border were given the power to control flights in Hong Kong.

Interesting point he raised, so exactly has jurisdiction of airspace around and over HK ? The Central government or HK ? The same issue arises with waters around HK. So if primary jurisdiction lies with the HK authority then in theory they could authorise the passage of foreign military aircraf and ships into the area overa nd above the objections of the central government?

This divisive them and us mentality don't give them an inch literally while expecting unconditional help when the boot is on the other foot. The confronational first policy won't pay any real dividends in the long run.

Matters of foreign policy including matters of defense come under the central government. Just how much say would the PLAAF have in the airspace around HK?
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Old May 18th, 2015, 01:50 PM   #266
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Pilot Jeremy Tam Man-ho, a party member, also said he had told aviation officials that Hong Kong must “not cut a single inch of airspace” to the mainland when authorities implement a plan forged in 2007 to coordinate regional airspace.

He also warned it would be unconstitutional if air traffic controllers across the border were given the power to control flights in Hong Kong.

Interesting point he raised, so exactly has jurisdiction of airspace around and over HK ? The Central government or HK ? The same issue arises with waters around HK. So if primary jurisdiction lies with the HK authority then in theory they could authorise the passage of foreign military aircraf and ships into the area overa nd above the objections of the central government?

This divisive them and us mentality don't give them an inch literally while expecting unconditional help when the boot is on the other foot. The confronational first policy won't pay any real dividends in the long run.

Matters of foreign policy including matters of defense come under the central government. Just how much say would the PLAAF have in the airspace around HK?
Civilian air traffic control is not a national defense or foreign policy matter. Hong Kong airspace is separately managed, and looking at how mainland Chinese cities' airspace are being mismanaged and tightly controlled by the military, it is no wonder why we should not give an inch of space to them.
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$180 passenger fee for third runway likely to be lowered
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Departing travelers from Hong Kong International Airport may now expect to pay less than the HK$180 first proposed to help meet the cost of a third runway.

"We are studying how to reduce the tax rate, and the result will be coming soon," outgoing Airport Authority chairman Vincent Lo Hong-sui said about the fee, which will be on top of the departure tax, at his farewell media party yesterday.

Lo takes over from Jack So Chak-kwong as chairman of the Trade Development Council on June 1.

The present cost for construction of the third runway is HK$141.5 billion, but taxpayers will not have to pitch in next year when construction begins.

The project will be funded by bank loans and bonds, the airport's operational surplus and dividends as well as the construction fee for airlines and passengers.
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Designs unveiled for Hong Kong's largest shopping complex, to be built beside Terminal 2 at Chek Lap Kok airport
19 May 2015
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Outgoing Airport Authority board chairman Vincent Lo Hong-sui yesterday unveiled preliminary designs for the city's largest shopping complex, to be built next to Terminal 2.

Lo said contracts for the mall's first phase of development would be put up for tender later this year. Phase one consists of a hotel and retail centre with two million square feet of floor space over five hectares of land. The site, to be called the North Commercial District, is between Terminal 2 and AsiaWorld-Expo.

"The shopping mall will not simply be duty-free stores or outlets. It will feature local shops and elements such as dai pai dong, where tourists and local families can spend a whole day," said Lo, who will take up a new position as chairman of the Trade Development Council next month.

He pledged the 14-hectare shopping complex, expected to be complete in three years, would entertain both local families and tourists brought in via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

He said the project would be unaffected by the decision on whether to build a third runway at the airport.

He was asked if the mall would sell baby milk formula, to which he replied it would be left to businesses to decide.

Three designs entered the final round of selections for the mall plan, and all featured a local theme, incorporating elements such as local symbols like the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island. One design featured a green rooftop while another incorporated tenement buildings.

The mall project was at the centre of a row in November 2013 when Lo tendered his resignation as chairman of the authority's infrastructure planning committee after its management insisted the depot for the driverless electric train that will service a third runway should be located under the shopping complex.

Lo argued the depot would reduce the project's value by billions of dollars, while the authority's former chairman Marvin Cheung Kin-tung said moving the depot would cost even more as it would delay the opening of the third runway by a year.
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Outgoing Airport Authority board chairman Vincent Lo Hong-sui yesterday unveiled preliminary designs for the city's largest shopping complex, to be built next to Terminal 2.

Lo said contracts for the mall's first phase of development would be put up for tender later this year. Phase one consists of a hotel and retail centre with two million square feet of floor space over five hectares of land. The site, to be called the North Commercial District, is between Terminal 2 and AsiaWorld-Expo.

"The shopping mall will not simply be duty-free stores or outlets. It will feature local shops and elements such as dai pai dong, where tourists and local families can spend a whole day," said Lo, who will take up a new position as chairman of the Trade Development Council next month.

He pledged the 14-hectare shopping complex, expected to be complete in three years, would entertain both local families and tourists brought in via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

He said the project would be unaffected by the decision on whether to build a third runway at the airport.

He was asked if the mall would sell baby milk formula, to which he replied it would be left to businesses to decide.

Three designs entered the final round of selections for the mall plan, and all featured a local theme, incorporating elements such as local symbols like the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island. One design featured a green rooftop while another incorporated tenement buildings.

The mall project was at the centre of a row in November 2013 when Lo tendered his resignation as chairman of the authority's infrastructure planning committee after its management insisted the depot for the driverless electric train that will service a third runway should be located under the shopping complex.

Lo argued the depot would reduce the project's value by billions of dollars, while the authority's former chairman Marvin Cheung Kin-tung said moving the depot would cost even more as it would delay the opening of the third runway by a year.
With the developments at other airports a project of this kind was inevitable.
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Runway judicial review accepted
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Friday, May 22, 2015



The High Court has accepted an application for a judicial review on the government's plan to build a third runway at the Chek Lap Kok airport.

The application was jointly submitted by a member of the Land Justice League and a Tung Chung resident.

They are seeking to overturn a decision by the Environmental Protection Department in November to approve an environmental impact assessment report and issue a permit for the expansion project.

Land Justice League member Tam Kai-hei and Ho Loy earlier filed an application urging the court to quash the director of the Environmental Protection Department's decision to approve an impact assessment report and issue a permit for the project.

They also named the Airport Authority as an interested party.

Tam welcomed the High Court decision.

"We hope the Airport Authority will stop going ahead with the third runway project until a ruling is handed down," Tam said.
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New airport chief comes out fighting
30 May 2015
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Third runway vital for Hong Kong, says Jack So, as he vows to get the public on his side

Incoming Airport Authority chairman Jack So Chak-kwong has vowed to win public support for the controversial HK$141.5 billion third runway, while warning that Hong Kong will lose its status as an air transport hub if it is not built.

So, 70, will leave the Trade Development Council at the end of the month after almost eight years as chairman.

He admitted yesterday there were challenges surrounding the runway project, but these were not reasons to abandon it.

“I don’t understand why people are objecting to the building of the third runway. They talk about the environmental impact and they talk about the flight paths. They talk about the [cost of] HK$140 billion, how do you find the money and is it too much,” he said in interview with the South China Morning Post.

“All these are challenges that we have to overcome. But it does not mean these are reasons why we have to abandon the project.”

The Executive Council approved the runway in March, with construction possibly starting as early as next year despite unresolved issues about regional airspace.

So recalled facing a similar challenge when he became chairman and chief executive of the MTR Corporation in 1995.

“At that time I remember my first job was to fight for the airport railway. There were lots of objections to the airport railway, lots of objections to the Chek Lap Kok airport. Can you imagine if we were still at Kai Tak today?”

He said those opposed to the third runway should give valid reasons, adding that “even if it is reduced to HK$1 billion, they will still say it is too expensive”.

Asked what would happen if the runway was not built, he said: “Flights will go elsewhere, tourists and business investors will go to other cities. And Hong Kong will not just lose its lustre as an air transport hub but also the potential, the impetus, the locomotion to move forward its economy.”

The runway is expected to increase capacity from 68 aircraft movements an hour to 102.
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IATA chief says no need for surcharge to build third runway in Hong Kong
11 June 2015
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Hong Kong's airport authority does not need to charge users for building the third runway and should not do so for political reasons, said the International Air Transport Association's director general Tony Tyler, as a new financing plan for the project is due to be unveiled.

Tyler, former chief executive of Cathay Pacific Airways and a long-time resident of Hong Kong, commended Hong Kong government's efforts on the third runway project in his annual speech at IATA's annual general meeting in Miami this week but warned the proposed HK$180 levy per passenger could cost Hong Kong the growth the runway was built for.

“The politics in Hong Kong is a very powerful force these days. I guess it would be seen as controversial to take the very sort of liberal model I'm proposing but it is the best the model,” Tyler told the South China Morning Post in an interview.

IATA in March said its research showed Hong Kong airport - with its pre-tax profit of HK$7.8 billion in 2014 - should have no problem funding the HK$150 billion Third Runway project itself by borrowing, instead of slapping extra charges on passengers before the runway would get built, which IATA said is against the “user pay principle”.

“User pay means you pay when you use it. Today's airlines pay for tomorrow's project…present users pay for something they are not using - that is not the user pay principle,” Tyler said.

The Hong Kong Airport Authority in May said it may reveal a new financing plan in a month with “significant cuts” to the proposed levy but said it would not scrap it.

“The government, I think, is trying to balance a lot of different opinions. When I have talked to people in Hong Kong - and I'm not quoting government people here - but generally people are saying, it's the sort of atmosphere where we have to be seeing as 'spreading the pain evenly'," he said. “I do think it would be best if they could take the position of what the economic says and keep the place competitive,” he said.

“Hong Kong airport is one of the most profitable in the world.…They can borrow money, and they can borrow money cheaply, especially in today's environment, and later whoever is using the new runway can pay for it. And there would be so much growth in traffic that it won't be necessary to put up charges even then,” he added.
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Writ filed for review over third runway
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A Tung Chung advocate yesterday applied for judicial review over the construction of the third airport runway.

Tung Chung Future's community development officer, Wong Chun-yeung, 21, filed the writ to the High Court.

Wong said the Executive Council approval of the Airport Authority's three- runway system in March is unconstitutional.

Departing passengers will be charged HK$180 from next year and airlines 15 percent more to help fund the third runway, whose budget has ballooned to HK$141.5 billion.

The third runway may be completed by 2023 if construction begins next year.

Green Sense founder Roy Tam Hoi- pong, who accompanied Wong in filing the writ, said afterwards that there were three grounds behind the judicial review.

The first was about the distinction between Hong Kong and mainland airspace, as the third runway would share airspace with Shenzhen and violate Article 130 of Basic Law, which states Hong Kong "shall be responsible on its own for matters of routine business and technical management of civil aviation."

The second and third rationales concern contraventions of Article 64 of the Basic Law, which states that taxation and public expenditure should be approved by the Legislative Council.
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Notice the new terminal in the background almost completed.
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DHL; Airport Expansion Plan is Timely for Hong Kong to Remain Competitive
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2015 AUG 4 (VerticalNews) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at China Weekly News -- DHL, the world's leading logistics company, supports Airport Authority of Hong Kong to commence the third runway project, no later than next year, so as to let Hong Kong stay ahead in Greater China's vibrant air cargo market, fuelled particularly by the surging demand of e-commerce and high-value perishables.

The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reported yet another record year for cargo throughput in 2014/2015 by handling 4.4 million tonnes of cargo[1] which saw the airport as the world's busiest air cargo hub for five consecutive years since 2010. The cargo throughput in HKIA increased by almost 6 per cent annually during the period.

The latest DHL Global Connectedness Index ("GCI"), which measures a region's international flow relative to the size of its domestic economy, also revealed that Hong Kong is ranked 11th globally[2] and continues to lead the world in depth of global connectedness, mainly driven by strong flows from mainland China. Cross-border flows between Hong Kong and mainland China remain robust and are ranked among the world's top 3 largest flows in terms of merchandise trade and tourist flows. Hong Kong retains its strong standing as the export gateway for mainland China.

"Our Central Asia Hub in Hong Kong boasts of the region's largest throughput. This large volume can be attributed to the surging exports from mainland China and the Pearl River Delta, as well as growing demand and rising consumption across Asia Pacific. In response to rising customer demand, we are continuously expanding our Asia air network to boost our connectivity and shorten transit times -- we have launched a new intra-Asia flight that connects Bangkok, Hanoi and Hong Kong five times per week and increased the frequency of a service connecting Penang, Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong from five to six days per week, thereby increasing capacity on the route by 20 percent," said Jerry Hsu, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific.

"We are positive about the future of HKIA based on the Airport Authority's forecast of 8.9 million tonnes of cargo going through the airport by 2030[3]. The investment of more than HK$140 billion[4] (EUR16 billion) in the expansion of HKIA is a substantial commitment for the future of the logistics industry in Hong Kong. As one of the four-pillar industries in the city, we think that it is a rational and necessary investment to help boost the economic growth in Hong Kong," said Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.
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Hong Kong International Airport Midfield Concourse Making Good Progress
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(HONG KONG, 14 August 2015) – Jack So Chak-kwong, Chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), recently visited the Midfield Concourse of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) where he was briefed on the facility’s progress.

The Midfield Concourse is located to the west of Terminal 1 and between the two existing runways, which construction began in 2011. According to the current progress, it would commence operation at the end of this year. The development includes a five-storey Midfield Concourse with 20 parking stands, and an extended automated people mover system that connects to Terminal 1. Upon opening of the Midfield Concourse, HKIA will be able to serve an additional 10 million passengers every year and increase the ratio of passengers served by frontal stands.

Mr So said, “The Midfield Concourse can help meet HKIA’s increasing aviation demand in medium term. However, as the current two-runway system will meet its practical maximum capacity in one or two years, the airport urgently needs a Three-runway System to cater for its long-term need of passenger and cargo growth, as well as maintain Hong Kong’s status as an international and regional aviation hub.”
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Hidden agenda for runway bond
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

How the airport's third runway should be financed has been a cause for concern ever since the Executive Council gave the HK$141.5-billion project the green light early this year.

The main bone of contention was the construction fee to be levied on passengers.

Now, transport chief Anthony Cheung Bing-leung is saying the fee will be reduced from the HK$180 originally proposed, and charged in accordance to the different types of flights and seats.

That's a sensible approach. Even though the changes were somewhat expected, they should be welcome as they're being made in response to a public outcry that the HK$180 fee would be too expensive and unfair for short-haul and budget passengers.

The most eye-catching new scheme calls for retail bonds to be issued, which hadn't been part of the original plan.
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