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Old April 21st, 2011, 06:51 PM   #3801
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HKIA is about to develop the area between the 2 runways.

"Airport Authority Unveils Phase 1 Midfield Development

(HONG KONG, 25 January 2011) – Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) today unveiled phase 1 of its midfield development project and celebrated the on-time, on-budget completion of a HK$4.5 billion facility enhancement project for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

The $7 billion phase 1 development of the midfield includes the building of a new midfield concourse with 20 aircraft parking stands, a new cross-field taxiway and the extension of the existing automated people mover (APM) to the midfield concourse.

Construction will start in the third quarter of this year and the project is expected to generate 2,000 job opportunities. Phase 1 development is targeted for completion by the end of 2015.

The midfield area is located to the west of Terminal 1 and between the two existing runways. It is the last piece of land on the airport island available for large-scale development.

Officiating at the ceremony, the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Eva Cheng, said, "HKIA has always been providing world-class services for passengers and cargo, thanks to AA for making timely investments in improving facilities to enhance the handling capacity of the airport. On the software front, the government will continue to pursue a progressive liberalisation policy on air services, encouraging airlines to add more services so as to strengthen the international network and transit role of the airport."

Ms Cheng also mentioned that AA would launch a public consultation exercise on the HKIA Master Plan 2030 in the first half of this year. She said that such consultation, the focus of work this year, was important to Hong Kong"s status as an aviation centre and Hong Kong's long-term economic development. She called on members of the public and the aviation industry to provide valuable comments on the strategic developments of the airport in the next 20 years.

The Chairman of the AA, Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, said, "Equipping HKIA with sufficient handling capacity is key to strengthening Hong Kong's competitiveness as a leading regional and international aviation centre, and a preferred gateway to the Mainland. To meet future demand, the new midfield concourse with 20 aircraft parking stands will ultimately enable about 10 million passengers a year to embark and disembark aircraft using air bridges at this concourse."

In phase 1 works, eleven of the 20 aircraft parking stands to be built at the midfield are bridge-served, inclusive of some stands equipped with three air bridges designed for superjumbo aircraft A380. The remaining nine stands are operational stands not being connected to the midfield concourse with air bridges in phase 1 works.

"Moving ahead, the upcoming midfield development project, together with our long-term development blueprint, HKIA Master Plan 2030, will become the most important corporate projects of the AA. They will position HKIA for future challenges and opportunities," Dr Cheung added.

As part of the AA's continuing green efforts, a series of environmental initiatives are also being incorporated into the design of the midfield development project. The floor-to-ceiling fašade in the new passenger concourse will use high-performance glazing that will reflect over 40% of solar heat, thereby reducing the use of air conditioning; north-facing skylights will maximise natural lighting in the centre of the building; low-energy lighting with daylight sensors will reduce energy consumption; and low-polluting recycled water-cooled chillers for air conditioning will also be adopted to reduce power consumption. Furthermore, recycled asphalt from runway resurfacing will be used to construct the apron of the midfield.

Commenting on the adoption of these green features, Chief Executive Officer of the AA Stanley Hui Hon-chung said, "Sustainable development has always been an integral aspect of the airport's operations and development. The design of the midfield concourse will follow HK BEAM PLUS, a recognised method for assessing the environmental performance of buildings."

Since the fiscal year of 2003/2004, the AA has been investing an average of $2 billion a year to enhance and expand HKIA's facilities. Started in 2006, the $4.5 billion facility enhancement project covered expansion and improvements at Terminal 1 and the airfield. Major upgrades at Terminal 1 included merging the original two arrivals immigration halls into one, reconfiguring the departures immigration halls, doubling the baggage handling system capacity to 16,000 bags per hour, and increasing the number of facilities such as airline transfer desks, immigration counters and security channels.

On the airfield, the North Satellite Concourse commenced operations last year with two storeys and ten bridge-served stands for small aircraft. Ten additional freighter stands and an associated taxi lane were also constructed. "






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Hong Kong's daily flights hit new high


A total of 1,003 flight movements were handled at the Hong Kong International Airport on Friday, recording the first one-thousand-plus movements in a single day, also setting a new daily record, said the city's Civil Aviation Department (CAD) on Saturday.

The new figure, breaking the previous single-day record of 983 flight movements set on March 31, exceeded the daily average of 891 movements by 12.57 percent.

On the same day, 521 flight movements operated through the Hong Kong Flight Information Region, making up a total of 1,524 flights handled by the CAD, which showed a strong growth in air traffic operation, said the CAD.

Boosted by robust economy in the region, flight movements were on an increasing trend, with 80,242 aircraft movements recorded in the first quarter this year, up 14 percent from 2010, said the department.

"The Civil Aviation Department is encouraged by this new movement record, and our staff are committed to providing a safe and efficient service to the traveling public," a spokesman of the department said.

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Old April 26th, 2011, 05:39 PM   #3803
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Old April 28th, 2011, 07:46 PM   #3804
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New airport exhibitions offer colourful glimpse of Hong Kong culture
Thursday, April 21, 2011
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The "Glimpse of Hong Kong" exhibition series, another joint venture of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and Airport Authority Hong Kong (Airport Authority), opened today (April 21) at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Officiating at the opening ceremony were the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mrs Betty Fung, and the Executive Director, Airport Operations of Airport Authority, Mr Howard Eng.

Comprising five thematic exhibitions, namely "Memories We Share - Hong Kong in the 1960s-70s", "Theatre Art of Cantonese Opera", "The Art of Cantonese Opera", "Bits of Old Hong Kong" and "Tea through the Ages", this new exhibition series will enable visitors to get a sense of Hong Kong's history and cultural heritage.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mrs Fung noted that the LCSD has been making efforts to bring art and culture to the community by partnering with various organisations to display museums' collections in new districts and venues.

"The Airport Authority is our first and most important partner. In fact, our collaboration with the Airport Authority dates back to 2001 when the LCSD had just been established. On this occasion an array of artefacts including relics reflecting Hong Kong's history, sculpture, contemporary ceramics, works of art and traditional festivities have been put on display at the airport, which will help both locals and visitors get acquainted with local art and culture, and help enhance the cultural image of Hong Kong.

"The 'Glimpse of Hong Kong' exhibition series includes five thematic exhibitions spread across different locations in the airport. Among them, two exhibitions feature the development and theatrical arts of Cantonese opera, which has been listed in the international representative list of intangible cultural heritage. Another two exhibitions - 'Bits of Old Hong Kong' and 'Memories We Share - Hong Kong in the 1960s-70s' enable viewers to reminisce on the life of old Hong Kong while last but not least, 'Tea through the Ages' showcases the culture of Chinese tea drinking. Visitors will not only be able to appreciate the museum's collection through this exhibition but can also take part in tea demonstrations, which will give them a unique experience of Hong Kong culture," Mrs Fung said.

The "Memories We Share - Hong Kong in the 1960s-70s" exhibition is on display in the airport's Check-in Hall. By highlighting memorable facets of the era, the rich photographic displays of items on fashion, transportation, entertainment, social ambience, housing and wining and dining will enable locals to recall their fond memories of the past while also taking visitors back to this pivotal time in Hong Kong history.

The "Theatre Art of Cantonese Opera" exhibition highlights the theatrical arts of Cantonese opera, which are essential for the characterisation and atmosphere of live stage performance. Complemented by performance video clips, a total of 17 magnificent and glittering opera costumes, headgear, footwear, props and hair accessories were selected from the collections of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum to illustrate the art of traditional Cantonese opera.

The "Art of Cantonese Opera" exhibition is mounted at Gate 36, Terminal 1, HKIA to echo the "Theatre Art of Cantonese Opera" exhibition at Gate 35 opposite. With a rich display of text, graphics and historical photos featuring filmographies, famous protagonists, stage properties, scripts, and music instruments, the exhibition provides passengers with a chance to appreciate the different roles of characters, basic performance techniques, costumes, song books, classical repertoire and famous protagonists in Cantonese opera.

The "Tea through the Ages" exhibition is on display in the airport's E1 Transfer Hall, Level 5, Terminal 1, HKIA. Eighteen items of tea ware of various dynasties selected from the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware are on display to introduce Chinese tea drinking culture and the varied methods of tea-making practised in China. The exhibition will be supplemented by regular tea-making demonstrations organised by the Airport Authority with a view to sharing the joy of tea drinking with passengers.

The "Bits of Old Hong Kong" exhibition, which has been very well received since its inception last year, has been relocated to Gate 41 in the Departures Hall, Terminal 1 so that it can be viewed by more passengers. The exhibition displays photographs selected from the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of History and features clothing, trade, transportation, and bits and pieces of daily life in Hong Kong in the early 20th century. It also traces urban development and the transformation of social life in the territory and gives visitors an insight into how the unique characteristics of Hong Kong developed over time.
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Qantas: To Recommence Service To Tokyo
15 April 2011

SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) said Friday it will recommence direct services from Sydney to Tokyo on Tuesday following Japan's devastating earthquake, tsunami and related nuclear fallout in March.

The airline said it has been working with the Australian government and industry and health experts including nuclear safety experts to monitor the situation in Japan.

"Together with the advice of these authorities and our own assessments, Qantas is now satisfied that infrastructure services have returned to normal in Tokyo and our crew will now be able to undertake appropriate rest breaks," Qantas said.

Flights between Perth and Tokyo will still be suspended from May 10, the airline said.

Qantas had been diverting Tokyo flights to Hong Kong to allow flight crew to rest there instead of in Japan.
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HK resident jailed for acting as check-in facilitator
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
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A Hong Kong resident who acted as a check-in facilitator for a Mainland visitor was jailed for 19 months after appearing in the District Court on May 9.

The 35-year-old male defendant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to obtain services by deception.

In May 2009, a Mainlander who intended to board a flight for Canada was intercepted by Hong Kong Immigration investigators. He was found to be using a forged Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passport and a boarding pass in the name of the defendant.

The HKSAR passport was confirmed as a forgery after forensic examination.

The defendant was subsequently located for questioning. He admitted that he had accepted an offer from a middleman of HK$4,000 as monetary reward for going to the airport, procuring a boarding pass and transferring the boarding pass to the middleman. He was aware that the boarding pass would be used by a Mainlander for boarding a flight.

Under the Theft Ordinance, people who, by any deception, dishonestly obtain services from another shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable, upon conviction, to imprisonment for 10 years.
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Hong Kong Observatory to resume normal air monitoring and airport Health Desk service to be suspended
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
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Starting tomorrow (May 12), the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) will revert to normal air sampling and radiological analysis on a weekly basis, while the Health Desk service at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for passengers arriving from Japan will be suspended, a Government spokesman announced today (May 11).

The HKO will continue to release radiation monitoring data on its website, the spokesman said. These include hourly data from the Observatory's network of 10 radiation monitoring stations that measure environmental gamma radiation in real-time, as well as results of radiological analysis of other samples, including sea water, land soil and rain.

The HKO will closely monitor the situation in Fukushima, as well as radiation levels in other places, to determine if intensive monitoring will need to be resumed, the spokesman emphasised.

Since the Fukushima incident in March this year, the HKO has stepped up its radiation monitoring, the spokesman said. Specifically, the frequency of collection and analysis of air samples at King's Park and Yuen Ng Fan was increased from once a week to once every day. Additional samples of sea water, land soil and rain were also collected for analysis.

From late March to mid April, the artificial radionuclides iodine-131 and caesium-137 were found in the air samples in very minute amounts that posed no health threat to the public. In the past four weeks since April 14, no artificial radionuclides have been detected in the air samples at Yuen Ng Fan and King's Park.

In view of the situation, the HKO will revert to normal air sampling and radiological analysis from tomorrow. Daily air sampling at Yuen Ng Fan will revert to weekly monitoring, while daily sampling at King's Park will continue. If no further artificial radionuclides are detected in two weeks' time, sampling at King's Park will also revert to the normal weekly sampling.

As for the HKIA Health Desk for passengers arriving from Japan, the spokesman said that taking into consideration the significant drop in usage of the Health Desk service and the fact there has been no case of radiological contamination since its operation commenced on March 16, the Health Desk service will be suspended from 0000 hours on May 12.

Should travellers from Japan have any concerns about possible radiological exposure, they are advised to seek assistance at the Accident and Emergency Department of public hospitals, the spokesman added.
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China Cargo Airlines Launched Shanghai-HK Express

SHANGHAI, May 13, SinoCast -- China Cargo Airlines Limited under China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited. (600115.SH) officially launched its Shanghai-Hong Kong two-way cargo express on May 12.

This is its first international (regional) cargo express, marking a significant step towards international (regional) cargo market.

The express is arranged as: 7 lines from Shanghai every day at an interval around 1 hour, the earliest one departure at 7:55 and the latest at 17:00; 3 from Hong Kong every day at an interval around 1 hour, the earliest one departure at 8:05 and the latest at 11:15.

According to China Cargo Airlines, the express provides services for high-end customers in Shanghai & Hong Kong air cargo market. It will try the best to keep delivery time within 24 hours and provide designated line, high-end service commitment and freight compensation.

So far, China Cargo Airlines has open 9 domestic cargo expresses. It also plans to launch international cargo expresses.
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Aerosvit to launch Kyiv– Hong Kong service in W11

As per 23MAY11 GDS timetable and inventory display, Ukraine’s Aerosvit starting 30OCT11 launches its 3rd long-haul destination for Winter 2011 season, where it’ll begin 3 weekly Kyiv– Hong Kong service.

Boeing 767-300ER aircraft operates this service, becoming the First Eastern European carrier (excluding Russia) offering nonstop service to Hong Kong.

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VV187 KBP2225 – 1515+1HKG 763 257
VV188 HKG0245 – 0805KBP 763 247 01NOV11-


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Budget airlines race to grow while Chek Lap Kok allows
23 May 2011
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Young and low-cost carriers are racing to expand in what they call the "next five golden years" - before the two existing runways at the Chek Lap Kok airport run out of capacity.

The need is particularly pressing for Hong Kong Airlines, the city's third local-based carrier, which is not just aiming for a public listing towards the end of this year but also plans to overtake Dragonair in 2013 and Cathay Pacific in a decade.

"We need a lot of room for growth," airline president Yang Jianhong said. "And we have to do it while we still can."

The government said runway capacity would not be filled until 2020, while the International Air Transport Association projected it would be reached in 2017. A third runway is still being planned and could be realised by 2023 at the earliest, stymying the airport's growth for up to six years.

An industry insider said the hold on growth could do most harm to budget airlines that rely on a high frequency and turnover rate model to minimise costs and maximise income. "If they can no longer maximise their fleet, they are likely to lose money with the cheap fares they offer," the source said.

Spring Airlines, a Shanghai-based budget carrier that entered the Hong Kong market in September by launching a HK$99 one-way ticket between Hong Kong and Shanghai, said it was aware of the problem. The company is debating if it should switch from Airbus A320s to larger aircraft. "Big aircraft can carry more passengers, of course, but are also more energy-consuming. Since most of our routes are within a journey of five hours, they may not suit our business," airline spokesman Zhang Wuan said.

Usually when an airport runs out of capacity, airlines cope by switching to bigger planes and trimming flight schedules to focus on more profitable routes.

Zhang said that while the company wanted to expand in Hong Kong, it could also develop other markets if growth was impossible.

"The mainland alone is a pretty big market for us so it is not like we will suffer much [if we can't expand in HK]. Instead I think it will be a bigger loss for Hong Kong and its people because they will have fewer choices."

Hong Kong Airlines, meanwhile, is intent on expansion. Backed by parent company Hainan Airlines, the low-cost carrier has its sights on being the market's premium budget airline. It said it would strive to add three long-haul routes a year and surpass Dragonair's existing capacity of 31 aircraft next year.

"The saturation of runway capacity will have more of an impact on us than well-established airlines like Cathay Pacific, because young airlines like ours need ample room to grow, while the growth rate of a mature airline should be much smaller in proportion," Yang said.
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Hong Kong Airport April Passengers Up 8.5% On Year At 4.51 Mln
23 May 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Passenger traffic at Hong Kong's airport rose 8.5% in April from a year earlier, driven by demand from local residents and visitors, Airport Authority Hong Kong said Sunday.

The authority, which operates Hong Kong's international airport, said the airport handled 4.51 million passengers in April, up from 4.15 million.

Cargo throughput dropped 6.5% to 330,000 metric tons from 353,000 tons.

It said passenger traffic within Southeast Asia was particularly strong, while the decline in cargo traffic was due to a drop in exports.

"Despite the current slowdown, the industry is cautiously optimistic of the future of air cargo in the (latter) part of the year, which is the usual peak time for air cargo," Airport Authority Hong Kong Chief Executive Stanley Hui said in a statement.
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Aviation passenger fuel surcharges adjusted
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) today (May 24) gave approval for passenger fuel surcharges levied by three airlines to be increased for the period from June 1, 2011, to June 30, 2011.

The new maximum levels of fuel surcharges will be $236 for short-haul flights and $1,124 for long-haul flights, representing increases of 6% and 9% from the current maximum levels for short- and long-haul flights, respectively. The applicable surcharge levels are based on the ticket issue date. (These airlines and their newly approved fuel surcharge levels are listed in the Annex.)

Passenger fuel surcharges seek to allow airlines to partially recover the increase in operational costs due to fluctuations in aviation fuel prices. As the aeronautical authority in Hong Kong, the CAD considers and approves fuel surcharge applications from the airlines in accordance with bilateral air services agreements.

Passenger fuel surcharges are reviewed regularly by the CAD. The last review was done at the end of April when the maximum surcharge levels approved by the CAD were $222 for short-haul flights and $1,030 for long-haul flights.

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LCQ14: Complaints against airlines
Wednesday, May 18, 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 (May 18):

Question:

Disputes often arise between flight passengers and airlines over various issues of flight or passenger transport services, including passengers having booked their tickets but were denied boarding due to overbooking by airlines; passengers stranded on airplanes due to tarmac delay; problem of compensation for passengers in respect of loss of checked baggage by airlines; airlines not issuing timely notices of flight delays to passengers; passengers having to pay fines for cancellation of pre-booked tickets. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) whether the Consumer Council and relevant government departments had, in the past three years, received the types of complaints mentioned above; if they had, of the number of such complaints, together with a breakdown by the types of disputes mentioned above;

(b) of the existing mechanisms in place to handle such complaints; the policy bureaux and government departments which are responsible for administering the mechanisms; and the policy bureaux and government departments which are responsible for regulating the operation of airlines; and

(c) as it has been reported that the Department of Transportation of the United States will, in view of the common disputes mentioned above, implement in August this year a new set of rules, and one of the rules stipulates that fare advertisements by airlines must state the "full fares" which include taxes and fuel surcharges, so as to enhance the protection for the interests of flight passengers and avoid confusion over the ticket prices and other extra charges, whether the Government will consider making reference to such new requirements, so as to protect the interests of consumers on the one hand, and promote free competition among airlines to ensure that the operating environment for the aviation industry achieves an appropriate balance on the other; if it will, of the specific plans; if not, the reasons for that?

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(a) The numbers of relevant complaints received by the Consumer Council (CC) during the period from January 2008 to April 2011 are set out below:

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Denied boarding          10     5     7     0
due to oversale of 
air tickets

Passengers stranded       0     0     0     0
on arrival aircraft 
due to tarmac delay

Compensation for loss    19     6     7     4
of checked baggage 

Departure delay*         45    30    21     2

Fines for cancellation   12     5    13    13
of reservation
* The relevant figures include all the complaints related to departure delay. CC does not have the breakdown of the number of complaints into departure delay where passengers were not given notice by the airlines.

From 2009 to 2010, the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) received two complaints related to denied boarding due to oversale of tickets. CAD also received a complaint related to departure delay without notification in 2009.

(b) Passengers having consumer disputes with airlines may lodge a complaint with CC. CC generally helps the passengers and airlines discuss and resolve the disputes through mediation. Separately, when CAD receives complaints related to safety standards and flight operations, it will follow them up with the airlines concerned.

Airline operations regulation includes safety standards, flight operations, aviation security, public health, labour, taxation and consumer protection, etc. For instance, in respect of safety standards and flight operations, the Transport and Housing Bureau is the relevant policy bureau whereas CAD is the regulatory department. Other bureaux and departments/organisations are involved in different respects.

(c) In the United States, from time to time, arrival aircraft (in particular domestic flights) are stranded on the tarmac for long hours while passengers are not provided with water and food, nor are they informed of the causes of delay. In addition, the sale of air tickets through the Internet has become more common but the transparency of various service fees (e.g. carry-on and checked baggage fees and booking fees, etc.) and taxes is insufficient, rendering it difficult for passengers to know the total costs of the journey. In response to the above and other common problems such as oversale of air tickets and post-purchase price increases, the Department of Transportation (DoT) of the United States will implement a new set of rules, which include requiring airlines to state the "full fare" inclusive of taxes and fuel surcharges in their fare advertisements, requiring airlines to provide tarmac delay contingency plans, provide tarmac delay data to DoT and passengers, establish service standards for passenger services, improve the transparency of fee information, and increasing the compensation payable to passengers for denied boarding due to airlines' oversale of air tickets, etc. These rules have been introduced primarily to respond to the situation of the United States, and enhance the protection afforded to passengers through revising the existing rules and expanding their applicability.

There is no evidence of such problems in Hong Kong as shown by the number of complaints mentioned in part (a) above. At this stage, Government does not consider it necessary to implement the relevant rules in Hong Kong.
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Third runway consultation to begin
27 May 2011
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Public consultation on a controversial HK$80 billion third runway at Hong Kong International Airport is set to get under way next week.

The start of the consultation - confirmed by people with a knowledge of the situation - will see battle lines drawn for a fresh clash between conservationists and proponents of big-spending capital projects to fire economic development.

Chinese white dolphins, pollution, project costs and a reclamation area of up to 650 hectares - the second-largest in Hong Kong history - are expected to be some of the major issues fought over.

A 2030 master plan for the airport is expected to be tabled at the Executive Council on Tuesday, followed by a public consultation seeking views on a third runway.

With the airport's capacity expected to reach saturation in the next decade, there have been mounting calls for expansion over the past year. A think tank headed by former government officials, as well as various senior aviation industry officials have all said a third runway was necessary if Hong Kong was to stay ahead of competition in the region.

However, while the community has questioned the need for the project, which will cost even more than the controversial HK$66.9 billion high-speed rail line to Guangzhou, a person familiar with the plan said the costs would only be discussed if the project secured the support of the majority of Hong Kong people.

Funding could come in many forms, such as a direct injection by the government, or government loan resembling the case of Disneyland, issuance of retail bonds, or by imposing a surcharge on passengers.

Sensitive to the controversy that such projects provoke, executives and officials began lobbying with fishermen and councillors from the five most affected districts six months ago. Sources said the authorities even contacted groups such as Roundtable, the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Clubs and the 30s Group - some of whom protested against the high-speed rail project - in a bid to smooth the path.

However, environmentalists warned that even if the runway had majority support, chances are that it would not pass an environmental impact assessment.
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MIAT Mongolian Airlines launches direct route between Hong Kong and Mongolia
Thursday, June 2, 2011
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MIAT Mongolian Airlines today (June 2) celebrated the start of its inaugural service between Hong Kong and Mongolia.

Initially the airline will concentrate on its passenger service in Hong Kong, operating two flights per week on a Boeing 737-800 jet with a seat capacity of 162 passengers per flight. MIAT Mongolian Airlines' Hong Kong office will focus on marketing and sales, and work to develop a good relationship with business partners in the region. In the short term, the airline is planning to launch cargo services into and out of Hong Kong to serve regional and international market needs.

Headquartered at Chingis Khaan International Airport in Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, MIAT Mongolian Airlines is the country's national flag carrier. It has been in business more than 24 years and operates scheduled and charter services from Mongolia to major cities in Europe and Asia.

General Manager of MIAT Mongolian Airlines, Mr Namsraijav Enkhsaikhan, said, "With its strategic position, Hong Kong is the right place for us to expand regionally, as we consider it as a main gateway to the Pearl River Delta, southeast Asia and the Pacific region."

Mr Enkhsaikhan added, "The unique advantage of Hong Kong is its international connectivity. To enhance our service and to meet our customers' needs, we will extend our route network through further interline and special prorate agreements, as well as code share agreements, with key players in the region. With a further increase in traffic, we plan to introduce wide-bodied aircraft for our flight service to Hong Kong."

Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion, Mr Andrew Davis, extended his warm welcome to MIAT Mongolian Airlines in launching its service from Ulaanbaatar to Hong Kong. He said, "Hong Kong is renowned as an international transportation and logistics hub with a world-class airport – the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). According to the Airport Authority Hong Kong, we have continued to see strong growth in flight movements and passenger volume. In April 2011, flight movements surged 12.1 percent from a year earlier to 27 685 flights while passenger trips increased 8.5 percent to 4.5 million. Over the past 12 months, the airport has handled 51.8 million passengers and more than 4.1 million tonnes of cargo, representing increases of 10.7 percent and 12.8 percent respectively."

"On one hand, the huge volume of passenger and cargo traffic at the HKIA provides a huge opportunity for MIAT Mongolian Airlines to further develop its business. On the other, the business presence of MIAT Mongolian Airlines will further enhance Hong Kong's image as an international aviation hub and Asia's world city. We wish the airline every success in its business in our city and look forward to providing further assistance when it expands," Mr Davis added.

Starting a business in Hong Kong, for companies large and small, has been further facilitated with the launch of the Government's electronic incorporation service in March 2011. The time required for company incorporation and business registration has now been significantly reduced from four to one working day.

About MIAT Mongolian Airlines

Established in 1956, MIAT Mongolian Airlines is the national flag carrier of Mongolia. The airline commenced its first direct flight service between Hong Kong and Mongolia on June 2, 2011 and is operating two flights per week. For more information, please visit www.miat.com.

About Invest Hong Kong

Invest Hong Kong is the department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government established in July 2000 to take responsibility for Foreign Direct Investment and support overseas and Mainland businesses to set up or expand in Hong Kong. It provides free advice and customised services to help businesses succeed in Hong Kong's vibrant economy. As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, Invest Hong Kong has completed over 2 100 investment projects creating over 26 000 new jobs in the first year of operation or expansion and HK$57 billion of investment. For more information, please visit www.investhk.gov.hk.

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