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Old November 30th, 2009, 11:23 AM   #3201
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So nice to see Air Pacific launching scheduled flights to HK, I saw their Charter flight (747-200) once in Kai Tak nearly 20 years ago.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 05:52 PM   #3202
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Opinion : Hong Kong carrier must wake up to high-speed rail challenge
30 November 2009
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The report ("Airlines lose ground to high-speed trains", November 23) should be an eye-opener for Cathay Pacific Airways, which still has its business head firmly stuck in the sand.

The future of domestic continental travel worldwide will be railways which have returned to reinvent themselves.

Not only have Chinese airlines begun to realise that good high-speed rail links will impact on their businesses but so too has continental Europe, where rapidly expanding rail routes - including services through the Channel Tunnel to Britain - are quickly changing passengers' travel patterns and taking people away from flying. And this is rightly so with the world now at long last waking up to the damage caused to our planet's environment by the inefficient burning of fossil fuels to power road vehicles and aircraft.

When the price of oil soon returns to more than US$100 a barrel, Cathay's controlling shareholder, Swire Pacific, and the Airport Authority, now planning an unneeded third runway, will perhaps wake up and accept that continuous airline expansion is a dead cause.

Cathay needs to change its old-style colonial mentality at management level.

What the company needs is a visionary leader like Sir Richard Branson, who a decade ago foresaw that the future of travel is the railway and diversified the Virgin airline corporation into railways within Britain, now operating successful Virgin Trains.

The Pearl River Delta is the perfect area for a network of high-speed trains to be introduced. The SAR government's decision to back the high-speed link to the mainland's new main rail hub at Shibi, in spite of the high capital cost, is the right decision.

What is also needed is for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, if this is ever built, to also include a rail deck on it rather than a highway only.

Far better to have a single high-speed electric train carrying 1,000 or more passengers in comfort than the same number of people riding in a hundred or more gas-guzzling buses or SUV's spewing out their filthy exhaust emissions.

Mark my words: railways are the future and the aviation buffs in Hong Kong have got their sums all wrong.

P. A. Crush, Sha Tin
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Old November 30th, 2009, 05:53 PM   #3203
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So nice to see Air Pacific launching scheduled flights to HK, I saw their Charter flight (747-200) once in Kai Tak nearly 20 years ago.
Yes - this is a new direct service to Fiji!
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 12:34 PM   #3204
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False hijack alarm on Kingfisher flight
2 December 2009
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Pilots of a Mumbai-bound Kingfisher flight from Hong Kong accidentally set off a hijack alarm while approaching the Mumbai airport on Tuesday evening. Sources said the aircraft was 10 miles from the airport when the alarm went off and the reason was a failure of the aircraft's radiotelephony system.

However, according to a spokesperson for Kingfisher Airlines, the false alarm went off after the aircraft had landed at the airport. Also the cockpit crew of Kingfisher's flight IT 072 later clarified to Air Traffic Control (ATC) that the hijack alarm was false, triggered accidentally while switching frequencies for communication with ATC.

All aircraft have a special Squawk code frequency that is equivalent to a ship's SOS code at 121.5 MHz. According to a Kingfisher official, the hijack alarm code was triggered because its frequency is very close between two other frequencies in use.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 04:05 PM   #3205
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 08:12 AM   #3206
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AirAsia ups KL-HK flight frequency
3 December 2009
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BUDGET carrier AirAsia Bhd will increase its Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong flights to three times a day, from two, effective January 21 next year. In a statement issued yesterday, AirAsia said the route sees an average load factor of 75 per cent. In conjunction with the increased frequency, it is offering promotional all-in fares from RM129 (HK$398) one-way on the sector. Bookings can be made from today to Monday for travel from January 21 to October 30 next year.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 10:52 AM   #3207
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HK-Baoan airport line may threaten ecologically sensitive area
10 October 2009
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A planned rail link between Hong Kong and Shenzhen airports may stop in the ecologically sensitive area of Sheung Pak Nai.

That possibility was raised yesterday at a symposium on high-speed rail by Qi Zhenming, deputy general manager of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Dedicated Passenger Line Company.

Sheung Pak Nai is an area rich in mangroves and mudflats.

An official later clarified anonymously that the government had tentatively explored the area as a site to house the link's emergency rescue station, but it was only one of the proposed options and planning of the alignment was not yet finished.

The 50-kilometre line will link Chek Lap Kok to Shenzhen's Baoan airport via Qianhai . Authorities are studying if a spur line should be built at the same time to connect the link to West Rail.

Matthew Sin Kar-wah of Green Power feared any project in Sheung Pak Nai would harm its ecology and wildlife.

"The area has a special scientific interest. A rare sea grass grows in the mudflats and the mangroves attract birds and gulls," he said.

The Transport and Housing Bureau said authorities were still working on an alignment.

The link was found technically viable by a study last year, but its progress has been halted since Shenzhen officials said in May that construction costs could top HK$50 billion. Hong Kong officials are also pushing ahead a high-speed link to Guangzhou.
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Old December 6th, 2009, 06:16 PM   #3208
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Old December 8th, 2009, 09:02 AM   #3209
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HK Airport Plans To Invest HK$100 Bln In Expansion - Report
3 December 2009

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong's airport authority plans to invest nearly HK$100 billion in building a third runway and expanding one of the two terminals at the city's international airport, the Apple Daily reported Friday, citing an unnamed source.

The report cited the source as saying the airport operator plans to consult the public and conduct an environmental feasibility study before it begins construction work as early as 2012.

It expects to complete construction in 2020, the report said.

Newspaper Web site: http://www.atnext.com.hk
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Old December 8th, 2009, 01:14 PM   #3210
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Opinion : Hong Kong carrier must wake up to high-speed rail challenge
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I am not against the high speed rail project at all, but I am not a fool that fails to see the high speed rail cannot take over all Hong Kong-China passenger traffic. Air travel to destinations such as Shanghai and those further north will be just as competitive as the high speed rail. Do not forget that the transfer between intercontiental destinations and Mainland Chinese destinations will still be faster via air travel.

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Old December 8th, 2009, 04:44 PM   #3211
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I am not against the high speed rail project at all, but I am not a fool that fails to see the high speed rail cannot take over all the Hong Kong-China passenger traffic. Air travel to destinations such as Shanghai and those further north will be just as competitive as the high speed rail. Do not forget that the transfer between intercontiental destinations and Mainland Chinese destinations will still be faster via air travel.
I don't see this as an imminent threat within 800 km of Hong Kong.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 10:31 PM   #3212
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I am not against the high speed rail project at all, but I am not a fool that fails to see the high speed rail cannot take over all Hong Kong-China passenger traffic. Air travel to destinations such as Shanghai and those further north will be just as competitive as the high speed rail. Do not forget that the transfer between intercontiental destinations and Mainland Chinese destinations will still be faster via air travel.
Perhaps Shanghai will be too far away, but a load of destinations within Southern China will be well within reach of Hong Kong: all of Guangdong and much of Fujian, Hunan, Guangxi, and Guizhou will no longer make sense to have direct flights to HK. As for transfers between long haul and Southern China destinations, there is a good case for a rail link between HKIA and Tuen Mun, which would connect to the HSR system and eliminate connecting flights. Further liberalization of Taiwan - Mainland flights will reduce demand for transfers anyway, so few passengers may lose at all.
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Old December 11th, 2009, 06:26 PM   #3213
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Old December 12th, 2009, 09:40 PM   #3214
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HK Nov air cargo throughput rises 18.8 pct yr/yr

HONG KONG, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Air cargo throughput via Hong Kong in November rose 18.8 percent from a year earlier, rising for a second straight month and signalling that global trade flows are continuously picking up, data from Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd showed on Wednesday.

Cargo exports from the city in November increased 18 percent from a year earlier, and imports were up 29.1 percent.

For the first 11 months of 2009, the cargo exports fell 15.3 percent from the year-ago period, and imports were down 6.8 percent during the period.

Year-on-year change in air cargo via Hong Kong:

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 Nov   Oct   Sept   Aug    Jul   Jun    May    Apr    Mar
 18.8  1.7   -4.3   -6.2   -8.4  -14.4  -18.6  -22.5  -21.1
Hong Kong is a re-export centre for trade between Asia and the rest of the world.

Air cargo volumes through Hong Kong in November totalled 241,157 tonnes.

A breakdown of air cargo handled by Hactl in November:


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              Tonnage    Yr/Yr        Tonnage   Yr/Yr
            (tonnes)  growth (pct)  (tonnes)  growth (pct)
Export          139,994    18.0      1,106,250   -15.3
Import           60,530    29.1        559,328    -6.8
Transshipment    40,633     8.1        425,551    -7.4
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Total           241,157    18.8      2,091,129   -11.6
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Old December 14th, 2009, 05:29 PM   #3215
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Old December 16th, 2009, 12:03 PM   #3216
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HKIA Opens New Passenger Concourse to Enhance Service

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To ensure the same level of service for the growing number of passengers flying on smaller aircraft, the Airport Authority has invested over HK$1 billion in the construction of a new North Satellite Concourse (NSC). The new concourse, which will be soft-opened on 17 December, will ensure that Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) continues to meet its performance pledge of embarking and disembarking more than 90% of its passengers by air bridges. The NSC is designed to serve more than five million passengers a year at the initial stage.




Situated to the north of the Terminal 1 (T1), the NSC is a two-storey facility equipped with 10 frontal stands (gate numbers: 501 to 510) for narrow-bodied aircraft. Passengers using the new concourse depart as normal, completing their check-in, immigration and security procedures in either T1 or T2 before proceeding to a designated area at T1 to board a shuttle bus for the concourse. Waiting area of the concourse houses 10 retail and two catering outlets. Departing passengers may also take the shuttle to T1 at any time. Shuttle buses to and from the NSC will run every four minutes.




Passengers deplaning from an arriving flight at the facility will take a shuttle bus to T1 to clear customs and immigration, while transfer passengers will board a shuttle for their connecting flight at T1 or go to the NSC’s transfer area if their next flight departs from the same concourse.








Howard Eng, Executive Director, Airport Operations of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “HKIA is dedicated to providing top-notch service and facilities to enhance its competitiveness as a regional and international aviation centre. With the new satellite concourse, less than 10 flights will need to be parked at remote bays every day compared to the current 40 to 50. This means more passengers can embark or disembark their aircraft in a pleasant, weatherproof environment, sparing them the inconvenience of being exposed to hot or rainy weather.”




The NSC has a floor area of 20,000 square metres and is one of the core projects of the $4.5 billion near-term airfield and terminal enhancement programme that was launched in 2006.








Other highlights of the programme that have been completed include the reconfiguration of the Departures Immigration halls to increase HKIA’s security screening capacity by over 40%, and the expansion of the transfer area to cater for the continued growth of transit and transfer passengers. HKIA also intends to complete the upgrade of its baggage handling system and consolidate the two Arrivals Immigration halls into one single, spacious area in the near future. The entire programme will be concluded by 2011.

To cater for the airport’s projected mid-term growth, HKIA is also studying a midfield expansion project that would provide additional aircraft stands, related apron facilities and another passenger concourse to handle anticipated traffic demand up to the year 2020. The preliminary study will be completed next year.

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Old December 16th, 2009, 05:34 PM   #3217
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it is great to let the main terminal for the wide-body aircraft, because they need tobe more time in the gate, i think it is a nice idea looking to the future =)
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Old December 16th, 2009, 06:02 PM   #3218
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The terminal looks great! I just wish there was some sort of a train to get to the terminal instead of buses. ! cant imagine whats that like during heavy traffic!
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Old December 16th, 2009, 06:15 PM   #3219
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The terminal looks great! I just wish there was some sort of a train to get to the terminal instead of buses. ! cant imagine whats that like during heavy traffic!
Will see how busy it actually gets given it's all narrow-bodied aircraft.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 07:59 PM   #3220
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There are 2 bus services: Departure shuttle bus & Arrivals bus. Departure bus transports passengers between the NSC & the main terminal every 4 minutes, and it is free for all, which means you can go there and have a look even you are not depart from the NSC, which is a good news for aviation geeks, because the NSC is the closest passengers buildings to the runway, even closer than the view deck on T2, and its glass wall is excellent for photo shooting. Arrival bus only runs on demand, it only transfers arrival passengers from NSC to T1 and it is a one way only service.
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