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Old June 14th, 2008, 05:46 AM   #2521
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Continental cuts flights to and from Guam
13 June 2008

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - Continental Airlines has announced it is cutting flights to and from Guam.

The airline is blaming rising fuel costs in part for its decision to end nonstop flights linking Guam with Hong Kong and Bali, Indonesia. Flights between Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, and Manila, Philippines, will also end.

Continental Micronesia Chief Executive Officer Mark Erwin says the cuts also reflect lower customer demand in these markets.

Customers booked on canceled and suspended flights will be contacted by Continental to arrange alternate flights or ticket refunds.

Continental says the company has offered voluntary layoff packages to Guam employees.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 07:08 AM   #2522
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HKIA Reports Healthy Growth in May

(HONG KONG, 15 June 2008) — Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded steady growth in May 2008, with passenger volume increasing 8.3% over May 2007, to 4.1 million. Cargo throughput rose 6.7%, to 314,000 tonnes, and aircraft movements grew 4.3%, to 25,810.

The growth in passenger numbers was mainly attributable to increase in travel by Hong Kong residents and transfer traffic to and from South East Asia and North America. Transshipments to and from North America and the Chinese Mainland as well as imports from South East Asia and exports to Europe were the key drivers for cargo growth.

“May’s performance was encouraging, but high fuel prices are a major continuing concern for the aviation industry. There are already signs of some airlines slowing down their expansion, or reducing their operation to contain costs,” said Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong. “The commencement of direct, weekend charter flights across the Taiwan Strait from July will have an impact on the number of passengers transferring through Hong Kong between Taiwan and the Chinese Mainland in the short to medium term.”

“In addition, the Sichuan earthquake may reduce Mainland people’s desire to travel, both internationally and to Hong Kong. We will continue to monitor the market closely in the coming months,” added Mr Hui.

For the 12 months ended 31 May 2008, passenger and cargo throughput reached 49.3 million and 3.9 million tonnes, representing year-on-year increases of 8.0% and 7.3%, respectively. Air traffic movements grew 5.6%, to 301,335.
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Old June 17th, 2008, 09:05 AM   #2523
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Exercises, bad weather causing flight delays
15 June 2008
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The civil aviation chief admits that bad weather and military exercises contribute to delays in flights from Hong Kong to some mainland cities.

Speaking on a radio programme, Director General of Civil Aviation Norman Lo Shung-man agreed that the delay of flights to and from Hong Kong had become much worse and was especially bad on routes to Beijing and Shanghai.

Mr Lo said flights to Shanghai and Beijing were always affected by bad weather, which limited the number of flights. He said military exercises also delayed civilian flights.

In the past two years, more than 200 flights from Hong Kong into the mainland have been delayed The delays can be from 35 to 47 minutes, according to Civil Aviation Department data.

Mr Lo said better overall co-ordination would improve the flow of flights. Part of the solution was to recruit more air-traffic controllers and the number of positions would increase from 22 to 27.

He said the department had agreed with mainland airports and Macau to optimise air traffic with moves like standardising flying procedures and the time between flights.

With airspace improvements, flight numbers into and out of Hong Kong could exceed 100 flights an hour, he said. But for Hong Kong to remain a major aviation hub amid tough competition, the flow of people and goods was as logistically important as achieving greater flight numbers.

Mr Lo said studies also indicated it was time a third runway was built at Chek Lap Kok. The Airport Authority was now researching the issue and a report was expected in two years.
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Old June 17th, 2008, 03:54 PM   #2524
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Virgin Atlantic To Start Twice Daily London-Hong Kong Svc
10 June 2008
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LONDON (Dow Jones)--Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. said on Tuesday that it's to increase its frequency between London Heathrow and Hong Kong from a daily flight to twice a day.

The extra services will lead to the creation of 100 new cabin crew roles, Virgin Atlantic said.
Good news. That will replace the lost Oasis service. It's not as cheap of course but it will be more sustainable in the long run. London to Hong Kong will go back to having 11 daily non-stop services:

Cathay Pacific = 4 daily
British Airways = 3 daily
Virgin Atlantic = 2 daily
Air New Zealand = 1 daily
Qantas = 1 daily
Total = 11 daily
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Old June 20th, 2008, 04:21 AM   #2525
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Fliers to take hit as airlines up surcharge
Hong Kong Standard
Thursday, June 19, 2008

More airlines are likely to seek increases in fuel surcharges when applications are accepted next month, the Civil Aviation Department said yesterday.

The department's director general Norman Lo Shung-man said the cost of fuel has surged more than 50 percent in the past six months.

"Oil has gone up to as much as US$140 (HK$1,092) a barrel, while aviation fuel has hit US$170. Some are predicting the price of oil could reach US$200 this year," Lo said.

Last month the department approved the applications of 11 airlines seeking to increase the fuel surcharge by as much as 37 percent when the price of aviation fuel was US$159 a barrel.

Lo, speaking at a media reception yesterday, said most airlines had asked for even higher surcharges than those approved by his department.

The fuel surcharge is reviewed every two months. Lo said suggestions for a monthly review were not viable.

To help airlines save on fuel, Lo said a new route has been designed to shorten approach time to the airport by as much as seven minutes.

He added airlines have been thinking of different ways to save fuel by consolidating routes, rerouting and applying less paint on the planes so they will weigh less.

"Airlines will only provide services on profitable routes," Lo said, adding that he fears Hong Kong's development as an aviation hub could be affected if the total number of aircraft movements is reduced.

Lo said the airport currently handles an average of 55 flights per hour. This is expected to increase to 56 in October, 58 next year and 68 in 2015.

A spokeswoman for Cathay Pacific Airways, meanwhile, said the airline has been considering ways to shorten routes by using the mainland's air corridor.

She added that more new planes, which use less fuel, will also be used. These include the Boeing 777-300ER, of which eight out of 23 in total have already arrived. Each of the planes, she said, use around 22 percent less fuel than a Boeing 747.

Cathay, she added, will also seek destinations where oil prices are lower to save on return costs.

A Dragonair spokeswoman said the company is conducting a review of its overall network and will relocate resources to routes and services which provide better profitability.

Hong Kong Express, on the other hand, will carry less fuel, cutlery and magazines to lighten the load.

In other developments, Lo said Hong Kong will only be slightly affected by the agreement between Beijing and Taiwan for direct flights across the Taiwan Strait.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 02:58 PM   #2526
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 07:28 PM   #2527
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 05:40 AM   #2529
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Finnair reshuffles flights in attempt to meet high fuel costs
1 July 2008
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Finnish airline Finnair said on Tuesday it would review its timetables and increase the number of flights between Europe and Asia, aiming to boost sales to offset high fuel costs.

Starting in October, Finnair said it would increase the number of flights to Hongkong and New York and adjust its timetables for flights to and from Bangkok, Delhi and Mumbai to better serve passengers transferring in Helsinki from other European cities.

"By increasing the number of onward connections, Finnair aims to increase passenger sales and load factors to meet the growing pressure caused by rising fuel prices," the company said in a statement.

Finnair also said it would discontinue its flights to Guangzhou at the beginning of the winter period.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 05:43 AM   #2530
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JAL to launch Haneda-Hong Kong charter service Tuesday

TOKYO, July 1 Asia in Focus - JAPAN AIRLINES CORP. (TSE:9205) will launch a scheduled chartered service between Tokyo's Haneda airport and Hong Kong, starting today. The move comes in response to a June 2007 deregulation permitting late-night and early-morning international flights at Haneda, Japan's major domestic hub.

* JAL will offer one round trip per day on the route, with a Japan-bound flight leaving Hong Kong late at night and arriving in Tokyo early in the morning.

* This convenient timetable has gotten the airline off to a good start, with roughly 90 per cent of seats for July flights already booked.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 07:46 PM   #2533
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Hundreds reach for the sky, but first have to show they can reach 2.08m
6 July 2008
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Confidence, good looks and fluency in English and Cantonese were only the start for hundreds of Hong Kong men and women keen to join Virgin Atlantic yesterday.

They also had to pass the "reach test" and raise their arms to 2.08 metres to indicate their ability to access overhead lockers.

And all this for a HK$14,000 monthly salary for flight staff - including spending allowances - although they can earn more on extra flights.

Some job seekers arrived at the Tsim Sha Tsui hotel as early as 6am to secure one of 840 interview slots, which will eventually winnow out 100 workers to service additional flights planned between Hong Kong and London.

The doors opened at 8.30am, and each candidate was given a time to return for an interview.

Virgin Atlantic plans to increase the number of flights between Hong Kong and London's Heathrow Airport to twice daily in December.

The airline currently flies once daily between London, Hong Kong and Sydney.

The recruitment drive drew many former employees of failed Oasis Hong Kong Airlines and former employees of Cathay Pacific.

About 700 people lost their jobs when Oasis collapsed in April.

Many job seekers were hoping that a foreign airline would pay higher salaries and better benefits than locally based ones.

A Mr Cheung, 29, worked at Cathay Pacific for eight years before taking a pay cut to join Hong Kong Express. About 20 people from Hong Kong Express sought jobs with Virgin Atlantic.

"Cathay Pacific believes that you have to give the customer what they want," Mr Cheung said. "I didn't like the company culture. It was very focused on cutting costs and was not receptive to suggestions from staff. It made me depressed to be there."

Ms Mak, 25, a former flight attendant with Oasis, said being a flight attendant allowed her to go to school part-time. She wanted to be a stewardess, but would consider returning to her previous job at Hong Kong Disneyland if Virgin Atlantic did not hire her. Job seekers also sat an English written test and were interviewed.
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Old July 8th, 2008, 04:48 AM   #2534
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Good to hear that Finnair is going to expand their business in HK.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 06:30 AM   #2535
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More Hong Kong tourists coming to Langkawi
9 July 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: Hong Kong has increased the number of direct charter flights to Langkawi to accommodate the tourist traffic that will be flocking to the country.

Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Mirza Mohd Taiyab said a projected revenue of RM9 million was expected from the 18 charter flights operated by Hong Kong Airlines.

This is an increase of seven flights compared with the 11 last year during the same period.

Each flight is scheduled to arrive between July 14 and Aug 27, with 168 passengers each directly to Langkawi, making up an estimated 3,000 tourists.

To increase arrivals from Hong Kong, Tourism Malaysia is working hand in hand with Hong Kong travel agency EGL Tours by offering special group tours which include a five-day/four-night return flight and accommodation packages at selected spots in Langkawi.

Last year, the country recorded 13,386 tourists arrivals from Hong Kong with each tourist spending an average of RM2,000.

"This year, we're expecting the number to double, and with the increase in room rates, the average expenditure per head would be between RM2,500 and RM3,000," said Mirza after launching the Hong Kong Express direct charter flights at Saloma Bistro yesterday.

Also present were Matta president Ngiam Foon, David Tham, the executive director of Option Tours and Travel Sdn Bhd, and Sammy Ng, the assistant operations manager of EGL Tours. Option and EGL Tours are two of the biggest agencies responsible for bringing in Hong Kong tourists.

Mirza said charter flights were an alternative solution for those travelling during peak season as commercial flights were usually fully booked.

He said since Langkawi was the most preferred destination for Hong Kong tourists, more commercial and charter flights were expected to be re-directed towards the route.

Malaysia Airlines, for example, will re-direct seven of its Hong Kong-Kuala Lumpur flights to fly straight to Langkawi, and on to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, every Friday from this Friday to Aug 22.

Besides Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific has two charter flights to Langkawi on July 30 and Aug 3. Other destinations include Kuantan, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak.

China Airlines is providing 23 charter flights direct from Taipei to Kuantan beginning June 16 to Sept 12, while FinnAir has nine flights scheduled fortnightly between November and March next year, bringing in an expected 2,043 tourists directly from Finland to Penang.

Mirza said besides Hong Kong, Russia and the Middle Eastern countries would also provide charter flights.

"There are 32 extra flights from Saudi Arabia this month and next month, while MAS will carry an additional 2,626 seats on its 35 flights from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur."
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HKIA Reconfigures Departures Immigration Hall to Meet Growing Demand

(HONG KONG, 9 July 2008) – To meet increasing demand for passenger services, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has begun reconfiguring the North and South Departures Immigration halls in Terminal 1 (T1). During and upon completion of the reconfiguration, travellers will clear security before completing immigration formalities.

Scheduled for completion by the third quarter of 2009, the HK$90 million project will increase the number of security channels from 18 to 32, ensuring the Airport Authority continues to provide quality service.

Henry Ma, the Airport Authority's General Manager, Terminal, said, "HKIA will soon serve 50 million passengers each year. In preparation, we're upgrading our facilities and expanding our passenger handling capacity, all with the goal of delivering top-quality service to our customers."

"During reconfiguration, the Departure Immigration halls will include an additional security channel. We're also deploying extra staff to ensure the smooth flow of passengers," added Mr Ma.

The expansion of the Departure Immigration halls is part of a HK$4.5 billion enhancement programme that began in 2006 and will be completed in phases by 2011. In T1, the programme will consolidate the two Arrivals Immigration halls into a single, more spacious hall; add new transfer desks, immigration counters and security channels for arriving and transit passengers; and expand the airport's baggage handling capacity.

Two-thirds of the programme's $4.5 billion budget is being invested in the airfield. Ten new cargo stands have been built, the airport's two runways have been resurfaced and two rapid exit taxiways have come into operation. A new North Satellite Concourse is under construction and will enter service by 2009.
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It is so sad to see the Oasis' 747 being grounded.
I wonder who is paying the parking fee or no one does.
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HK Gov't Gazette:
Permission Granted for Dragonair for Routes to and from HK to Busan/Jeju/Saipan/Guam
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HKIA Records 5% Passenger Growth in June

(HONG KONG, 13 July 2008) ─ Passenger throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reached 4.1 million in June 2008, representing a 5% rise over June 2007. Cargo traffic increased 2.4% to 312,000 tonnes and air traffic movements went up 2.7% to 24,825.

While visitor traffic experienced a slowdown in June, growth in travel by Hong Kong residents and transfer/transit passengers was relatively more encouraging. Import/export cargo momentum showed signs of slowing down in June and the overall 2.4% growth was mainly driven by transshipment to and from the Chinese Mainland and North America. The slower growth in air cargo was largely in line with the reduction in foreign trade between China and its trading partners in the month.

“High fuel prices and volatilities in the financial market will likely continue. There is an increasing tendency for the airlines to meet the fuel cost increase challenge through both route and capacity rationalistion and fare increases, including fuel surcharges. Demand for air travel would be put to test in the higher fare environment,” said Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong. “Higher cost of airfreight will also drive less time sensitive shipments to sea freight. Given the latest market outlook, both passenger traffic and cargo volume will likely see lower growth this year,” added Mr Hui.

For the first half of 2008, passenger volume, cargo traffic and aircraft movements rose by 7.3%, 6.8% and 4.6% over the same period last year, to 24.4 million, 1.8 million tonnes and 149,890, respectively. For the 12 months ended 30 June 2008, HKIA handled 49.5 million passengers, 3.9 million tonnes of cargo and 301,980 air traffic movements, representing year-on-year increases of 7.8%, 7% and 5.4%, respectively.
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