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Old October 20th, 2008, 09:38 PM   #2641
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HK Airport Introduces Self-service Airline Check-in Kiosks
October 20, 2008 21:39 PM

HONG KONG, Oct 20 (Bernama) -- Passengers of Hong Kong International Airport can now complete their airline check-in process in as little as one minute by using one of the 42 "Self check-in" kiosks available at Terminal 1, the Airport Authority Hong Kong announced Monday.

The self check-in system is part of the authority's ongoing efforts to enhance passenger flow and to accommodate the worldwide trend of increasing passenger demand for self-help service, China's XINHUA news agency quoted the authority as saying in an statement.

Using the kiosks requires just three steps: scan a valid travel/ ticketing document or input e-ticket number; select a seat if one has not already been assigned; check accuracy and print a boarding pass.

Passengers carrying only hand luggage can then proceed directly to immigration, while those with check-in luggage may drop their bag(s) at the Bag Drop Counter located just steps away from the kiosks.

At present, six airlines have started using the kiosks for passenger check-in in the airport, including Air Canada, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Dragonair and Northwest Airlines. These airlines handle about half of the originating passengers at the airport.

"We plan to expand this service to passengers checking in at off-airport locations like Airport Express Line stations and convention centers," said Wong Yiu-fai, an official with the Airport Authority Hong Kong.

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Old October 21st, 2008, 04:22 AM   #2642
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Old October 21st, 2008, 05:09 AM   #2643
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Fears of more airline firings
Hong Kong Standard
Monday, October 20, 2008

Fears of massive layoffs are hitting the aviation sector amid rumors that 100 or more crew members have been sacked during the economic turmoil.

The Staff and Workers Union of Hong Kong Civil Airlines said at least eight flight attendants from Hong Kong Airlines were sacked over the weekend.

Ip Wai-ming, Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker and deputy general secretary of the union, said some were sacked for the second time this year as they were former employees of Oasis made redundant when the company was liquidated.

"Eight is just the number of sacked employees seeking our assistance. Rumors have spread that the exact number is more than 100, though this could not be confirmed," Ip said.

The sacked employees were not told the reason for their dismissal, and some received seven days' wages in lieu of notice.

It is thought their jobs may have been cut as a result of the merger of Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express, Ip said.

Cathay Pacific yesterday said it has no plans to lay off workers, though it admits there has been a freeze on the hiring of office staff.

The carrier recruited 1,400 flight attendants this year and will consider its turnover figures in determining recruitment plans for next year.

Meanwhile, the airport handled 3.6 million passengers and 317,000 tonnes of cargo last month, 4.7 percent and 7.5 percent down from a year ago.

Airport Authority chief executive Stanley Hui Hon-chung said the industry faces an uncertain future.

"The National Day Golden Week holiday brought fewer visitors to Hong Kong by air this year than in 2007, showing a continuing decline in traffic," Hui said. "Given the very difficult operating environment and shrinking demand in the economic slowdown, airlines are expected to further scale back their operations or put their expansion plans on hold."

Meanwhile, HSBC (0005) Asia chief executive Sandy Flockhart said it does not rule out further layoffs, as the financial tsunami looks set to have a longer and deeper impact than previously expected.

"The impact is going to come more severely to Hong Kong," Flockhart warned. "There is going to be a slowdown - you can see it happening now." In September, HSBC cut about 100 backoffice staff in Hong Kong from its global banking and markets division.

Standard Chartered (2888) said it has no plans to lay off staff in Hong Kong "at the moment."

About 1,500 BEP workers protested outside their closed factories in Shenzhen yesterday, demanding payment of their August and September salaries.

The Shenzhen government has promised to investigate and refer the case to a labor tribunal for hearing on Friday.
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Old October 21st, 2008, 12:06 PM   #2644
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Grand China Airlines wins approval to buy stake in Hong Kong Airlines
20 October 2008

BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - The National Development and Reform Commission said it has granted approval to Grand China Airlines' planned stake purchase in Hong Kong Airlines, formerly CR Airways. The commission did not provide further details. Grand China Air agreed to take 60 pct of the Hong Kong carrier at the end of 2005 but later cut the stake purchase to 45 pct as Hong Kong government raised concerns about a Hong Kong airline under mainland control. Grand China Air is the parent of the mainland's fourth-biggest carrier Hainan Airlines Co Ltd. Investor George Soros holds 18.64 pct of the parent company.
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 04:45 AM   #2645
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Two city airlines cut jobs in crisis
Cathay also freezes recruitment as impact of 'financial tsunami' grows

20 October 2008
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An airline workers' union has warned that more layoffs are on the way after it received requests for help from eight flight attendants sacked by two local carriers.

The number of passengers and amount of cargo handled at Hong Kong International Airport stood at 3.6 million and 317,000 tonnes in September, down 4.7 per cent and 7.5 per cent respectively from the same month last year.

Airport Authority chief executive Stanley Hui Hon-chung said the steep decline in both passengers and air cargo reflected the troubled global economy.

"The US, Europe and the biggest trading partners with Hong Kong and China saw a significant drop in air-cargo traffic to and from Hong Kong in the month," he said.

The comment came as the Staff and Workers Union of Hong Kong Civil Airlines yesterday confirmed that eight flight attendants from Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express Airways had sought the union's help.

"The company sacked the eight on Saturday," union general secretary Chan Po-choi said.

"They asked the company why they had been terminated, but no reply was given.

"This is only the beginning, and we believe more layoffs will come. When the economy worsens, all companies want to cut operation costs.

"We know that many business-class ticket bookings have been cancelled recently. It seems the industry is now getting a taste of the power of the financial tsunami."

Hong Kong Express general manager Pauline Kee Ching-wan declined to comment yesterday.

Mr Chan said some affected flight attendants were former Oasis employees - which meant they had been sacked twice in less than six months.

"Oasis only closed down in April," he said.

"We hosted recruitment events for their staff and Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express Airways took part in the event and hired some workers."

The starting pay for flight attendants hired by the two companies is HK$7,800 a month and they get a HK$320 allowance per return flight. Mr Chan said some staff told the union that they had to undergo a six-month probation and were only given seven days' notice of termination.

"The employment terms offered by these companies seems to be the worst among all airline companies in Hong Kong," he said.

Established in 2001 and 2004 respectively, sister airlines Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express Airways fly new Boeing 737-800 aircraft between Hong Kong and more than 30 cities in Asia.

The union demanded that the companies accept their social responsibilities and not shift operational difficulties on to employees.

"The companies should adopt other measures such as restructuring operations to cut costs instead of sacking workers," Mr Chan said.

Cathay Pacific chief executive Tony Tyler told staff via the company's intranet on Saturday that the global financial crisis was having an increasingly serious impact.

He said traffic figures showed a decline in passenger numbers and cargo for September, and the first half of October did not look good.

"There is now an urgent need for us to deal with the consequences {hellip} of what Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen this week described as a financial tsunami," he said.

"We will begin by suspending all recruitment at both Cathay Pacific and Dragonair.

"This suspension applies to recruitment for all vacancies.

"It is certainly going to be a difficult time for the airline, but there is no change to our intention to keep the team together."
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 10:32 AM   #2646
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 01:18 PM   #2647
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 08:34 PM   #2648
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SATS to acquire Menzies Aviation Hong Kong


Oct 22, 2008 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- SPASF | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- Singapore Airport Terminal Services, a ground-handling subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of Menzies Aviation Hong Kong for approximately HKD18 million.
Menzies Aviation Hong Kong (MAHK) is owned by Menzies Aviation, a provider of ground handling of airfreight for freight forwarders and airlines. The purchase consideration was based on the net asset value of MAHK, on a cash-free and debt-free basis.

The acquisition of MAHK is expected to provide Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) with a ground and ramp handling business that complements its existing cargo operations at the Hong Kong International Airport through its joint venture company, Asia Airfreight Terminal.

Clement Woon, president and CEO of SATS, said: "This acquisition is line with our plan to focus on our customers and to increase presence in locations that will create new service opportunities with them."

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Old October 22nd, 2008, 08:36 PM   #2649
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Air routes incentive plan extended


A new-destination incentive arrangement for airlines will be improved and extended to December 31 next year, to encourage the launch of new air routes, the Transport & Housing Bureau says.

It is part of the changes the Airport Authority proposes the Scheme of Airport Charges will implement. The arrangement's one-year extension will allow the authority to continue offering airlines a rebate on landing charges for flights between Hong Kong and a new destination.

Other changes include specifying the parking charge for aircraft parked in areas other than a parking stand at $80 per 15-minute parking unit, and using the highest maximum take-off weight of the relevant aircraft type known to the authority to calculate the landing charge should an airline fail to provide the concerned aircraft's flight manual.

The bureau said today the changes will have positive economic implications. Airlines will be encouraged to introduce new routes which enhance Hong Kong's connectivity, benefiting the civil aviation and tourism industries and strengthening the city's position as an international hub in the region.

The Board of Airline Representatives in Hong Kong supported the changes, which will be gazetted on October 24 and effective on January 1 next year.
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 08:38 PM   #2650
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Hong Kong International Airport posts -4.7% fall in September traffic; CEO expects “difficult times” in months ahead – 21/10/08


HONG KONG. Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 3.6 million passengers in September, a drop of -4.7% from the same month last year. Air traffic movements edged down -0.4% to 24,570.

The main reduction in passenger traffic came from visitors while travel by Hong Kong residents and transfer/transit passenger number decreased slightly.

Airport Authority Hong Kong CEO Stanley Hui Hon-chung said: “The steep decline in traffic volumes clearly reflected a very troubled global economy as a result of the financial tsunami, which has affected all countries in the world. The US and Europe, the biggest trading partners with Hong Kong and China, saw a significant drop in air cargo traffic to and from Hong Kong in the month.

“Meanwhile the National Day Golden Week holiday also brought fewer visitors to Hong Kong by air this year than 2007, showing a continuing decline in traffic between Hong Kong and Mainland China as well. Given the very difficult operating environment and shrinking demand in the economic slowdown, airlines are expected to further scale back their operations or put on hold their expansion plans. The aviation industry is expected to face even more difficult times in the coming months,” Hui added.

Air traffic figures for the first nine months of 2008 recorded mild growth over the same period last year. Passenger volume rose +3.7% to 36.7 million, while air traffic movements grew +3.1% to 225,715.

On a rolling 12-month basis ended 30 September, HKIA handled a total of 49.1 million passengers and 302,225 aircraft movements, up by +4.9% and +3.8% respectively over the corresponding period last year.
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When a carrier docks in HK requires the approval from the PLA, what about an aircraft lands in HKIA in an non-emergency situation?? Interesting.
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HK Airlines to halt mainland routes
23 October 2008
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Hong Kong Airlines will suspend three mainland routes as early as Sunday to stem losses amid weakening travel demand, according to a source.

The carrier would halt flights to Xian, Chengdu and Chongqing when the winter schedule began because bookings for those routes were lukewarm, sources said, adding the Xian route would return next summer.

Travel agents said quotes for the three routes were available until October 31 but the airline had yet to update prices for next month.

"We can't book tickets for our clients on those routes from November due to the lack of new information," said a travel agent.

Although Xian, Chengdu and Chongqing were popular destinations, travellers from the United States and Europe usually fly there via Beijing and Shanghai instead of Hong Kong as more airlines were using mainland cities as gateways, an industry veteran said.

Foreign carriers such as Lufthansa, Continental Airlines and Northwest Airlines have increased their presence in Beijing and Shanghai in recent months. Connections at the two mainland cities were also more convenient because of their more frequent schedules to other domestic cities, he said.

Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express Airways, both partly owned by the mainland's HNA Group, had ended passenger flights to Xiamen and Nanchang because of insufficient demand.

After the reshuffle, the two airlines would operate 13 mainland routes, including Shanghai, Haikou, Guilin and Hangzhou, although all but Haikou were loss-making, a source said.

The two airlines had no plans to merge because some of their aviation rights would be forfeited if they combined, the source added.

The source said they were struggling to obtain credit as banks no longer considered receivables from travel agencies as eligible collateral.

As such, the airlines were relying on shareholders' loans to fund operating expenses such as fuel costs and wages but the amount was capped at HK$2 million, he added.
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Dragonair launches daily flight to Hanoi
27 October 2008
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Hong Kong-based Dragonair, a sister airline of Cathay Pacific, has launched daily return flights to Hanoi, the airline said Monday.

The first flight to the southern Chinese city took off from Noi Bai's international airport Sunday. The route is the eighth new destination launched by Dragonair since it became part of the Cathay Pacific group in September 2006, it said in a statement.

"We believe our new service will further strengthen business and tourism ties between our home city, Hong Kong, and this vibrant country with its fast-growing economy and rapidly expanding tourism market," said Dragonair General Manager of Operations, Captain Peter Sanderson.

Dragonair operates a fleet of 32 passenger aircraft and five freighters, serving 34 regional destinations, including 20 cities in mainland China.
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Virgin Atlantic Launches Second Daily Service To Hong Kong
28 October 2008
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Virgin Atlantic said today that it has launched a second daily long-haul service between London Heathrow and Hong Kong.

The new flights, which will be daily from 4 December this year, will complement the airline's existing daily programme to Hong Kong, which connects to Virgin Atlantic's flights to Sydney.

Virgin Atlantic first launched flights between London and Hong Kong in February 1994 and has since carried over 2.3m passengers on the route.

The new second daily service will double the airline's capacity between London and Hong Kong, offering passengers more choice and flexibility when travelling to the Far East and Australia.

The new flight will be operated on an Airbus A340-600. From October 28, flight VS238 will operate three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and then operate daily from December 4. VS238 will depart London Heathrow Terminal 3 at 16.00, arriving in Hong Kong at 12.30pm the following afternoon.

Flight VS239 will operate between Hong Kong and London Heathrow on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from October 29, and then operate daily from December 5. VS239 will depart Hong Kong at 14.15, arriving at London Heathrow at 19.20 the same day.
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