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Old April 1st, 2011, 06:11 PM   #3781
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Old April 1st, 2011, 09:40 PM   #3782
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Daily flight movements hit new record
Friday, April 1, 2011
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A total of 983 flight movements were handled at the Hong Kong International Airport yesterday (March 31), setting a new daily record, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) said today (April 1).

The 983 flight movements broke the previous single-day record of 973 flight movements set on December 17 last year and exceeded the daily average of 891 movements by 10.3%. Moreover, 510 flight movements also operated through the Hong Kong Flight Information Region on that day, making up a total of 1,493 flights handled by CAD within the 24-hour period. The strong growth was registered in air traffic operating both at the Hong Kong International Airport and through the Hong Kong Flight Information Region.

Buoyed by the robust economy in the region, flight movements are on an increasing trend. During the past 12 months (April 2010 - March 2011), 317,860 aircraft movements were handled at the Hong Kong International Airport and 167,431 aircraft movements operated through the Hong Kong Flight Information Region. They represented respective annual increases of 12.95% and 14.86%.

From March 27, CAD raised the declared runway capacity for dual runway operations to 61 movements per hour to cater for the increasing demand. By end of this year, it will be further increased to 62 movements per hour.

"The Civil Aviation Department is encouraged by this new movement record and its smooth air traffic operation. The steady growth in air traffic will strengthen Hong Kong's status as an international and regional aviation hub. As always, our Air Traffic Control staff are committed to providing a safe and efficient service to the travelling public," the spokesman said.
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 11:17 AM   #3783
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SEAIR appears to have dumped its 2nd daily HKG flight and shifted it to Macau.
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 07:58 PM   #3784
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SEAIR appears to have dumped its 2nd daily HKG flight and shifted it to Macau.
I recall a discussion about how they've partnered with Tiger and are actually not flying their planes on some of the frequencies that they've advertised.
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 10:37 PM   #3785
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As far as I know Tiger crews operate their own aircraft into Manila, while the 2 A319's are leased to SEAIR and do all the flying to/from Clark. 2xSIN,1xHKG,1xMFM
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 04:45 PM   #3786
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As far as I know Tiger crews operate their own aircraft into Manila, while the 2 A319's are leased to SEAIR and do all the flying to/from Clark. 2xSIN,1xHKG,1xMFM
I still don't see a 2nd flight being added per the Macau airport website. Has this been announced?

http://www.macau-airport.gov.mo/site..._departure.php
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HKIA Wins Skytrax's World's Best Airport Award 2011


Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) was honoured once again at a ceremony held in Copenhagen on 30 March as the World's Best Airport in the annual passenger survey by Skytrax, a London-based air transport research organisation. This is the eighth time that HKIA has won the award since 2001. The airport also won the awards for Best Airport Asia and Best Airport Dining in the same survey.

According to Skytrax, the awards were based on 11.38 million online survey questionnaires collected between June 2010 and March 2011 from air passengers representing over 100 nationalities, covering more than 240 airports worldwide. The World's Best Airport survey evaluated travel experiences across 39 different airport service and product factors, including check-in, arrivals, transfers and departure at the gate. HKIA was noted in particular for the overall ambience of its terminals, ease of use, signage, airport dining, good shopping facilities and connectivity to the downtown area.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), said, "Maintaining customer service excellence at HKIA remains our top priority as we receive more and more passengers and airlines at this airport, reaching 51 million passengers in 2010. We are very honoured to receive the World's Best Airport award, which is a recognition by the global flying public that HKIA has continued to meet and exceed passengers' expectations."

Expressing his gratitude to the 65,000 members of the HKIA community for their efforts over the years, Mr Hui added, "As we continue enhancing HKIA's facilities to serve its ever-growing air traffic demand, we will also continue working hand-in-hand with our business partners to further invest in both our facilities and people to give an even better airport experience for the passengers."

Howard Eng, AA's Executive Director, Airport Operations, received the Skytrax awards on behalf of HKIA at the award presentation ceremony. Singapore's Changi and Korea's Incheon airports won second and third place in the World's Best Airport survey.

HKIA has won nearly 40 best airport awards from various international and regional organisations since opening in 1998.

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Old April 6th, 2011, 12:31 PM   #3789
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BA adds its voice to chorus calling for third runway
30 March 2011
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British Airways chairman Martin Broughton says Hong Kong could lose passenger and cargo traffic to rival cities if it does not build a third runway.

He said he was "surprised that consultation has been held back" on the development of the third runway.

Broughton, who was speaking during a brief visit to Hong Kong to mark the 75th anniversary of British Airways' first flight to the city, indicated Hong Kong was facing a regional threat from cities such as Shanghai.

Drawing a comparison with the failed attempt to build a third runway at London's Heathrow, Broughton said he felt "great frustration" towards Britain's government, which "can't see beyond the few voters that were important for them to do the right thing for UK PLC".

He said restricting capacity and imposing hefty passenger departure taxes had made Heathrow uncompetitive. "I would hate to see the same mistake here," he said.

The seven-year wrangle over plans to develop a third runway at Heathrow ended in May when the project was scrapped soon after the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government took office.

Broughton said Heathrow had already lost direct air links to 20 destinations. This had reduced its connectivity and made it less attractive.

The London gateway was also one of only two of the world's top 30 international airports to see a drop in passenger traffic last year, according to preliminary figures from the Airports Council International.

The global airports body said Heathrow handled 65.9 million passengers last year, down 0.2 per cent, making it the world's fourth-busiest airport. Atlanta was the busiest, handling 89.3 million travellers, followed by Beijing with 73.9 million and Chicago with 66.7 million.

By comparison, Hong Kong was the world's busiest cargo airport, handling 4.1 million tonnes last year, up 23.2 per cent year on year. Chek Lap Kok was also the 11th-busiest passenger airport in 2010 following a 10.6 per cent increase in the number of travellers to 50.4 million.

"I would hate to see it [Hong Kong] fall behind," Broughton said, but threats from airports including those in Shanghai, Seoul, Bangkok and Singapore were growing.

Broughton, who was chairman of Liverpool Football Club until the end of last year, said he had not raised his concerns with the Airport Authority or Hong Kong government officials because "it wasn't on my agenda". He was questioned about a third runway during a British Chamber of Commerce lunch on Monday.

Exporters, freight forwarders, airlines and their global representative body, and some legislators, have urged a third runway be built.

Broughton said he hoped Hong Kong would be more pragmatic in its thinking on the airport's development and the benefits of that expansion to its economy than people in Britain were over Heathrow.

British Airways, which started operations to Hong Kong in March 1936 using a nine-seat propellerdriven aircraft which took eight days and made 24 stops, has two daily flights to Heathrow. Broughton said there were no plans to reintroduce a third daily service.

Support for a third runway also came this week from Brian Cusson, president for North Asia of US transport giant United Parcel Service. Speaking on Monday after announcing a four-times-a-week non-stop Boeing 747-400 freighter flight between Hong Kong and Cologne, Cusson said: "We would love to see that."

He noted that UPS still needed traffic rights for the Cologne route but was confident about air cargo growth between Hong Kong and Europe.
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Old April 7th, 2011, 06:16 PM   #3790
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HK March air cargo throughput up 4.4 pct yr/yr - Hactl

April 7 (Reuters) - Air cargo throughput via Hong Kong in March rose 4.4 percent from a year earlier, data from Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) showed.

Cargo exports and imports from the city in March increased by 4.3 percent and 0.8 perecent, respectively from a year earlier.

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

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 4.4   -9.1  8.2  7.4  5.6   15.4
Exports to Japan in March registered a year-on-year drop of 18.3 percent, while imports from Japan in March showed a significant year-on-year decrease of 22.6 percent, Hactl said.

"The quake and the subsequent tsunami crisis in Japan are bringing supply chain disruptions, which will likely affect the aviation industry amid its recovery trajectory," Hactl Executive Director Lilian Chan said in a statement.

Hong Kong is a re-export centre for trade between Asia and the rest of the world.

Air cargo volumes through Hong Kong in March totalled 254,819 tonnes.

A breakdown of air cargo handled by Hactl in March and the first three months of 2011:

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Export         137,037       4.3        335,099      -1.0
Import          64,227       0.8        175,588       0.6
Transshipment   53,555       9.3        139,035      12.4 
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Total          254,819       4.4        649,722       2.0
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Old April 8th, 2011, 05:35 AM   #3791
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In Transit Luxury
8 April 2011
China Daily - Hong Kong Edition

In between the long hours of flying, why not stretch your legs and immerse yourself in five-star luxury at the Regal Airport Hotel.

Everything happens for a reason - this is even truer for one of the Regal hotels to base itself adjacent to the Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world's busiest airports which saw nearly 140,000 passengers on a daily basis.

The Regal Airport Hotel is the only hotel directly connected to the passenger terminal of the airport by an enclosed and air-conditioned linking bridge, which takes only around two minutes' walk.

The instant accessibility has made the hotel's biggest virtue rather obvious, that it offers just a perfect alternative for the hectic business travelers to avoid rushing all the time, but instead to take a deep breath and refresh themselves body and soul.

The hotel's award-winning OM Spa, ranked by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the world's Best Airport Facilities, uses quality custom blended spa oils, salts and scrub products which are handmade by the Lemongrass House in Phuket. A series of massages including body scrub, herbal wraps, facials and a selection of fresh water baths are available to rejuvenate guests from the fatigue.

Guests can also enjoy the massages privately, as the hotel provides a number of rooms and suites equipped with spa facilities.

With a total of 1,171 guestrooms, 24-hour service in check-in, business center, spa and gym etc, the hotel displays the capability to sustain a fast turnover of guests, who stay in the hotel for an average 1.5 days.

"Everything has to be fast and efficient. I'm not the first hotelier to say that, but it is even more demanding for an airport hotel, simply because many of the guests we tend to are in transit," said Mr Jan Kirstein, General Manager of the hotel.

"Nothing can be wrong. In a normal business hotel, guests are staying longer, which might allow the staff to correct anything if things go wrong. We are, on the contrary, more 'exposed' so to speak," he added.

With nearly 30 years of experience in the industry and having worked from Europe to North Africa, Middle East and then East Asia, Mr Kirstein recalled that traditionally, hoteliers might spend 90 percent of their time being exposed to the guests, and nowadays hoteliers - especially in business hotels - might contribute only 10 percent of their time on the staff and the guests alike.

Mr Kirstein is trying to strike a balance between administration and guest as well as employee contact. Much of his time has been occupied by walking around the hotel and see what the staff are doing and how he can support them, and forget that he has hundreds of emails piled up in his inbox.

The ultimate goal, and the most challenging part possibly for every hotel, is to maintain good services consistently.

"If you're managing a hotel with nearly 1,200 rooms and more than 500 staff, and with the flow of guests moving extremely fast, not to mention issues that frequently haunt you, whether it is the technical issues, human resources issues, engineering, services and marketing issues, you name it. At the end of the day you have to concentrate on your staff and your guests," said Mr Kirstein.

One of the keys to offer consistent service, he perceives, is that the staff work with an attitude of "I can fix anything anytime for the guests." Whoever encounters a problem has to bear the responsibility and owns it if there is a complaint lodged or a request proposed.

However, what is tough is also fun for the hotelier, in that the airport brings along a mixture of guests with different needs - the same case in many other hotels in Hong Kong, but even more extreme in an airport hotel, which see people of diversified nationalities who come to Hong Kong with different goals.

The hotel per se features 30 diversified meeting venues including Hong Kong's largest pillar-free hotel grand ballroom which occupies 1,000 square meters with a capacity of 1,500 guests for cocktail party and 80 tables for banquet style.

The AsiaWorld-Expo Convention Centre, which provides immense spaces for exhibitions, meetings, conventions and concerts, is only one minute's drive via the Airport Express Line (AEL) or five minutes' walk through the direct footpath connection. With 23 minutes, the AEL can take guests to the financial and shopping district of Central.

With convenient transportation network, the nearby Hong Kong Disneyland, Ngong Ping 360 with the famous Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery are easily accessible as well.

On March 30, the Regal Airport Hotel was awarded the Best Airport Hotel in the World and in Asia-Pacific 2011 by Skytrax, which focuses on airline reviews. Before that, the hotel has been awarded Best Airport Hotel in the World for the third consecutive year by Business Traveller UK Magazine, and the Best Airport Hotel in Asia-Pacific for the tenth consecutive year by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Magazine, among others.

"To obtain consistency, one can never be complacent with his business," said Mr Kirstein.
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Old April 13th, 2011, 10:17 AM   #3792
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Let memories fly at airport display
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lots of people go to the airport, fly to a distant city and while there visit a museum. But how about changing the order: go to the airport, visit a museum and then fly somewhere?

That's what you can do up to the end of the year at Hong Kong International Airport, where the Museum of History and the Airport Authority have collaborated to put on an exhibition entitled "Memories We Share - Hong Kong in the 1960s and 1970s."

The display shows a series of photographs, many in color, of housing estate playgrounds, department stores, streets and other scenes. In most cases they look familiar, yet there is nearly always something different. The clothes and hairstyles are strange, and while there is little sign of poverty, there is far less evidence of the dazzling wealth that we see around us in much of Hong Kong today.

For the young who weren't born yet, the exhibition will be an eye-opener, showing just how far Hong Kong has come in just a few decades. The 1960s and 70s transformed this city from a place of third world migrants to a first world community.

For those who can remember those times, it will bring back memories, perhaps of a simpler age.

The exhibition is between aisles F and G in the check-in area of Terminal One - a good reason to turn up for your flight early!

Bernard Charnwut Chan, chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, sees culture from all perspectives.
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LCQ12: Aviation passenger fuel surcharges
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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Following is a question by the Hon Paul Tse Wai-chun and a written reply by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Ms Eva Cheng, at the Legislative Council meeting today (April 13):

Question:

Traders selling general commodities will not and cannot levy surcharges for rising prices of raw materials, yet the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has all along allowed airlines, in selling air tickets, to collect from passengers through registered travel agents (travel agencies) aviation passenger fuel surcharges (fuel surcharges) which are not specified in advance in advertisements or airfares. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the number of applications from airlines for increasing fuel surcharges approved by CAD in the past two years, and the respective average increases in fuel surcharges for short-haul and long-haul flights during the period;

(b) whether CAD had rejected or queried in writing applications from airlines for increasing fuel surcharges in the past three years; if it had, of the details of each case being rejected and queried in writing; if not, the reasons for not rejecting or querying any application;

(c) whether it will revise the present practice by requiring airlines to include fuel cost in airfares, so that passengers know clearly the actual airfares in advance, so as to safeguard the rights and interests of consumers; and

(d) given that some members of the trade have pointed out that fuel surcharges are actually part of the airfares, and according to a recent court case of the Federal Court of Australia (Leonie's Travel v Qantas Airways Limited), such charges should be included in calculating the commissions payable to travel agencies, whether CAD will consider requiring airlines to adopt such principle for calculating commissions as one of the conditions for allowing them to levy fuel surcharges; if it will, when it will implement such an arrangement; if not, of the reasons for that?

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(a) According to the bilateral air services agreements (ASAs) that Hong Kong has entered into with its aviation partners, the tariffs to be charged by the airlines for scheduled air services shall be those approved by the aeronautical authorities of both Contracting Parties and shall be established at reasonable levels, due regard being had to all relevant factors. Passenger fuel surcharges (fuel surcharges) are part of aviation tariffs which allow airlines to partially recover the increase in operating costs due to fluctuations in aviation fuel prices. The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) considers and approves fuel surcharge applications from the airlines in accordance with the ASAs.

In the past, CAD approved the airlines' fuel surcharge applications on a bi-monthly basis. Since October 2009, the applications have been approved on a monthly basis. The fuel surcharges approved every time will come into effect the next month. From April 2009 to March 2011, CAD approved in 21 rounds a total of 1,157 fuel surcharge applications, of which 752 cases involved increases, 212 cases involved reductions and the remaining 193 cases involved no change.

The average fuel surcharge levels that the airlines are allowed to levy in April 2011 (per coupon) are $189 and $820 for short-haul and long-haul flights respectively. Compared with the corresponding levels in May 2009 (short-haul and long-haul levels being $51 and $239 respectively), they are $138 and $581 higher respectively.

(b) From April 2008 to March 2011, CAD made 16 written enquiries to the airlines, requesting more information in relation to their fuel surcharge applications. During the same period, the approved fuel surcharge levels for 80 applications were lower than those originally applied for. Since the relevant applications generally contain the airlines' commercially sensitive information, it is not appropriate for the Government to disclose the details.

(c) Levying fuel surcharges on top of airfares is a general international practice. CAD has no intention of requiring the airlines to include fuel surcharges in the airfares. At present, CAD approves fuel surcharge applications and announces the results on a monthly basis. It also publishes the approved fuel surcharge levels of individual airlines on its web page which are available to passengers. Moreover, passengers may enquire about the airfares and the fuel surcharges with relevant airlines or travel agents before they buy the air tickets.

(d) The Australian court judgment referred to in the question concerns a contractual dispute between an airline and a travel agent on the calculation of commission, and is not related to tariff applications under an air services agreement. As the mechanism and remuneration arrangements concerning the sale of tickets are a commercial matter between the airlines and the travel agents, it should be determined by the airlines and the travel agents. Hence, CAD will not require the airlines to pay a commission to the travel agents on the passenger fuel surcharges, as a condition for approving fuel surcharges.
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Flight movements at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in March rose 15.5% year on year to a monthly high of 28,140. A new single-day record of 971 flight movements was also set on 31 March, breaking the previous record made on 20 April 2008.

HKIA also handled a total of 4.2 million passengers and 369,000 tonnes of cargo during the month, representing increases of 1.8% and 6.2% respectively compared to March 2010.

The growth in passenger traffic was mainly driven by Hong Kong resident travel, which registered an increase of 6% over the same period last year. Passenger traffic to/ from South East Asia and the Mainland also performed particularly well.

The growth in cargo tonnage was attributed primarily to the respective 7% and 8% growth in exports and transshipments, while imports grew by 4% in March. Cargo to and from North America continued its strong momentum with double-digit year-on-year growth.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said the strong increase in flight movements was attributable to airlines increasing flights on the back of robust economy of the region, while the moderate growth in passenger traffic reflected partly the high growth rate in March last year and the immediate aftermath of the recent earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan, which has led airlines to reduce flights to Japan quickly.

"Airlines around the world will continue to reduce flights to Japan until the nuclear threat is cleared. In the case of Hong Kong based airlines, we have seen capacity being redeployed from Japan to other destinations in the region, which is why we continue to see reasonable increase in flight movements at HKIA. The situation with Japan may persist for a while, but we remain cautiously optimistic that the aviation market in general will continue to grow," he added.

In the first quarter of 2011, passenger traffic registered a yearly 4.6% increase, reaching 12.5 million. Cargo volume rose 4.3% to 944,000 tonnes, while flight movements jumped 14.0% to 79,845.

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^ Surprised it was 31 March. I guess people decided to take an early Ching Ming break?
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HKO launches Aviation-weather Disaster Risk Reduction website and meteorological data programme
Monday, April 18, 2011
Government Press Release

The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today (April 18) launched the "Aviation-weather Disaster Risk Reduction" (ADRR) website and the "Meteorological Data Collection Programme".

The ADRR website (adrr.caem.wmo.int) is specially designed to serve the aviation community, and developed by the Hong Kong Observatory as a regional World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Pilot Project. The website seeks to assist the aviation community in the planning of airport operations and to reduce risk and disruption due to bad weather, thus enhancing aviation safety.

To further mitigate risks due to windshear or turbulence, the Observatory also launched the "Meteorological Data Collection Programme", a collaborative programme undertaken with the Government Flying Service (GFS) to investigate windshear, turbulence and other meteorological phenomena. A weather observation system has been installed on a fixed wing GFS aircraft for measuring wind and other meteorological elements at high resolution and accuracy. This is the first aircraft in the Asia/Pacific region for collection of high resolution weather data on a regular basis.

Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Observatory (Aviation Weather Services), Ms Sharon Lau, said, "The launch of the website and the Meteorological Data Collection Programme will contribute much to reducing risk and disruption due to bad weather, which is crucial to aviation safety. These two projects, which involve international and local collaboration, have demonstrated the importance of close partnership with aviation partners, which is the key to achieving a higher standard of aviation weather services."

Welcoming the launch of the ADRR website, the Chief of the Aeronautical Meteorological Unit of the WMO, Dr Herbert Puempel, commended the Observatory's efforts in providing an enhanced range of forecasting and warning products. He said that the sharing of such forecasting products serves to facilitate the development of similar products by other aeronautical meteorological service providers, thereby enhancing aviation safety across the region.

A representative for Cathay Pacific Airways, Mr Morgan Ng, said, "The website provides very useful information to airlines in the timely planning of airport operations, such as diversion to other airports and disruption management due to tropical cyclones. We highly appreciate the efforts of WMO and HKO and their contributions to aviation safety."

Chief Pilot (Operations) of the GFS, Captain West Wu, said, "The website is also very useful to the GFS. We always make reference to it before conducting search and rescue operations, especially during tropical cyclone situations." Captain Wu added that aviation safety is very important and the GFS is delighted to be part of the collaborative effort to study windshear and turbulence.
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