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Old July 16th, 2011, 07:11 AM   #3841
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Hactl announces tonnage throughput for the first half of 2010
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(6 July 2011, Hong Kong) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) today released its tonnage figures for June, the second quarter and the first half of 2011.

A total of 220,726 tonnes were handled in June, down 10.3% year-on-year. Tonnage throughput for the second quarter and for the first half of the year was 674,750 tonnes and 1,325,095 tonnes, representing a year-on-year decrease of 10.4% and 4.7% respectively. Total tonnage volume in the first half of 2011 recorded a year-on-year growth of 32.0% and 3.7% comparing to the figures in 2009 and 2008 respectively.

Import volume for June registered a 16.0% decline on a year-on-year basis to 54,630 tonnes. Aggregate import volume for the second quarter was 169,481 tonnes, down 11.5%. Cumulative import tonnage for the first half of the year was 344,871 tonnes, down 5.8% against the same period last year. Import volume from China for the first half of the year reported a year-on-year decrease of 6.3%. Import volume from Europe and the USA recorded a slight growth of 4.4% and 1.8% against the same period last year, while import volume from Middle East reported a strong year-on-year increase of 23.8%. Import volume from Japan fell drastically by 21.2% due to the tsunami crisis that occurred in March.

Export volume was 117,756 tonnes for June and 360,826 tonnes for the second quarter, representing a drop of 12.2% and 12.9% year-on-year for the respective periods. Cumulative export tonnage for the first half of the year was 695,939 tonnes, down 7.6% against the same period last year. Export volume to China for the first half of year is rather stable, representing a slight increase of 1.4%. Export volume to Europe and the USA recorded a fall of 12.8% and 10.1% year-on-year respectively due to slowdown in economic recovery in 2011 and the high base effect in 2010, while export volume to Japan dropped by 19.2% year-on-year because of the recent disaster. Encouraging growth was recorded in export cargoes to Africa, registering an increase of 22.8% year-on-year respectively.

The transshipment volume was 48,340 tonnes for June, and 144,443 tonnes for the second quarter, representing a year-on-year increase of 3.0% and drop of 1.8% for the respective periods. Total transshipment volume for the first six months was 284,285 tonnes, up 5.0% year-on-year.

Lilian Chan, Executive Director of Hactl said, “Taking into account the extra high-base effect from the first half of 2010 backed by the post-financial tsunami trade volume recovery, the performance in the first half of 2011 actually showed an expected milder growth pertaining to the slowdown in economic recovery. With 2011 first half volume exceeding 2008 pre-crisis volume, we are hopeful that cargo volume can regain its normal growth trajectory in the second half of the year. Nevertheless, we will remain cautious on the world’s economic development and ensure that our high quality service provision will always support our customers’ growth momentum.”

The summary of the export, import and transshipment volumes is tabulated as follows:
http://www.hactl.com/en/mediactr/press20110706.htm
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Old July 21st, 2011, 02:55 PM   #3843
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Hactl welcomes another new customer – Tianjin Airlines

(15 July 2011, Hong Kong) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) is pleased to announce that Tianjin Airlines has appointed Hactl as its cargo ground handler at Hong Kong International Airport to support its new service between Hong Kong and Tianjin.

Established in 2009, Tianjin Airlines is a regional carrier based in Tianjin Binhai International Airport under Hainan Airlines Group. The airline just launched its new scheduled passenger and cargo services between Tianjin and Hong Kong. Appointed by Tianjin Airlines, Hactl provides physical cargo handling and air cargo documentation handling services to its daily scheduled passenger flight using Embraer 190 aircraft. The inaugural flight was successfully handled on 15 July 2011.

Lilian Chan, Executive Director of Hactl, said, “We are very delighted to extend our warmest welcome to Tianjin Airlines as our new customer, and we congratulate the carrier on the launch of its new route to Hong Kong. The addition of Tianjin Airlines to our expanding customer base further consolidate our partnership with the Hainan Airlines Group, at the same time reinforcing our market leader position in the industry. Leveraging on our 35 years of market expertise and dedication to service excellence, we are ready to provide the highest level of cargo solution to support Tianjin Airlines’ business growth in Hong Kong. ”

Frederic Xu, Cargo General Manager of Tianjin Airlines, said, “We are happy to have Hactl as our partner for the provision of physical cargo handling and air cargo documentation handling services. With a proven record of efficiency and reliability, we believe Hactl’s excellent services will support our air cargo business development and ensure that we enjoy the highest quality and professional services at the Hong Kong International Airport. We are committed to establishing a long-term and successful business relationship with Hactl.”
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 08:46 PM   #3844
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Speech by DGCA at new CAD Headquarters Topping-out Ceremony
Monday, July 11, 2011
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Following is the speech by the Director-General of Civil Aviation, Mr Norman Lo, at the new Civil Aviation Department Headquarters Topping-out Ceremony today (July 11):

Good afternoon, Eva (Cheng), distinguished guests, colleagues, media friends, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for coming to this topping-out ceremony of our new CAD Building.

As a start, please allow me to provide you with some background information on the CAD Building project. In addition to our role as the safety regulator of the aviation industry, we also provide air traffic management service to aircraft operating within Hong Kong airspace. In the past six months, we handled a daily average of 900 aircraft movements at our International Airport and about 500 flights that overflew Hong Kong without landing. When compared with the traffic figures in the year 1998 when the airport was relocated to CLK, the traffic throughput today has been doubled for airport flight movements and one and a half times more for overflying traffic.

In anticipation of the traffic growth due to rapid economic development in the region and to meet the projected traffic demand, the CAD considered all options available and concluded that it was necessary to build a larger Air Traffic Control Centre and to replace the existing ageing air traffic control system with a new state-of-the-art system that can provide more control and management functionalities and controller workstations. The idea of pursuing an integrated new CAD Building with the new Air Traffic Control Centre was therefore mooted in 2005. With the support of the Government and the industry, the site that we are now standing on was secured from the Airport Authority. After many rounds of meetings and presentations, the funding of the project was eventually approved by the LegCo Finance Committee in 2008.

As for our building requirements, we have asked for specific design criteria and provisions that reflect our concepts on sustainability, environment-friendly initiatives and aviation education for youth. You will be pleased to note that our new air traffic control system will have the processing capacity and functionality to cope with the anticipated traffic demand even beyond the year 2030. Sufficient floor areas have been reserved in our new building for further enhancement of our air traffic control service when such needs arise. With our new building, the CAD will also be able to provide one stop shop service to our industry partners and the public. With additional manpower resources, we will be able to take more active roles in organising aviation-related activities, such as hosting international meetings, conferences and regional training programmes. All of these have the objective of promoting Hong Kong as a regional centre of aviation.

On this occasion of topping-out our new building today, I am pleased to inform you that construction is making very good progress. The construction of the new Air Traffic Control Centre is expected to be completed in November this year so that installation of the new system can take place followed by testing, operational evaluation and transition training for our controllers. The remaining offices will be ready for occupation by the end of next year. Full commissioning of the entire new headquarters is expected to take place in 2013.

I wish to take this opportunity to convey my sincere thanks to the Director of Architectural Services and her team for their professional advice and quality oversight in the design and construction of the building. My thanks also go to the Dragages team for their co-operation and quality service right from day one of the project. Last but not least, my appreciation goes to all my hardworking colleagues, in particular members of the project team who have worked relentlessly by turning ideas to reality. Year 2011 is a special year as it marks the centenary of aviation development in Hong Kong. And for today's ceremony, I am sure it will also make a mark on aviation development for the next 100 years. On behalf of my colleagues, thank you for gracing us with the honour of your presence.

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Old July 26th, 2011, 05:59 PM   #3845
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Why was the hill at the south end of the Chek Lap Kok island left undisturbed? It could have served as valuable land on a busy airport.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 01:18 PM   #3848
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Why was the hill at the south end of the Chek Lap Kok island left undisturbed? It could have served as valuable land on a busy airport.
It was part of the original island before the airport reclamation, now preserved as a park.
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Old July 28th, 2011, 08:49 PM   #3849
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Airlines to lower fuel surcharges
Shanghai Daily
Jul 28, 2011

SHENZHEN Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways will reduce fuel surcharges on routes linking the Chinese mainland with Hong Kong starting next month to keep pace with the moderated global oil price.

"The burden on airlines will be eased in the second half of this year as Singapore jet fuel price declined sharply in June and July after touching a peak in April and China began exempting import tariff on jet fuel," said Zhang Hongbo, an analyst at Citic Securities Co.

Shenzhen Air, a subsidiary of Air China, will cut fuel surcharges to 179 yuan (US$27.80) per capita from the previous 200 yuan, while Cathay Pacific and its affiliate Dragonair will cut surcharges by 70 US cents to US$27.6, according to online travel agency Ctrip.com.

In addition, Dragonair will also reduce fuel surcharges on routes linking Hong Kong with India, Bangladesh and Nepal by US$3.50 to US$133.60 per capita, and Cathay Pacific will reduce surcharges on routes linking Hong Kong with Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe to US$133.60, Ctrip.com said.

Asiana Airlines will cut fuel surcharges to HK$215 on routes connecting Hong Kong with South Korea and Japan, and HK$1,042 on long-distance flight routes.
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Old July 29th, 2011, 06:30 PM   #3850
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Qantas passengers 'stranded' at Hong Kong
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QANTAS passengers were reportedly forced to sleep in Hong Kong airport after their Melbourne-bound plane reported mechanical problems.

A passenger onboard Flight QF30 from London to Melbourne told The Advertiser last night that the plane was delayed in Hong Kong for 15 hours on Thursday night after making a scheduled stopover.

The man from Adelaide, and who did not want to be named, said passengers were told they could not complete their journey to Australia due to an unspecified mechanical fault.

He said passengers were told accommodation could not be found and that people had to sleep on the ground or across chairs.

"It was chaotic,'' said the passenger, who contacted The Advertiser last night.

"We didn't hear anything for quite a few hours and then we were told the plane could not be rectified that evening and that another plane was being flown up from Australia to fly everybody back.

"We were told the airline was unable to get accommodation for anyone because of some conferences or something.

"We were told we would just have to sleep in the lounge itself."

He said there was room for about 70 people in the Qantas Business lounge, while the remaining passengers slept in the terminal.

"Having to spend the night in the (Qantas) lounge was uncomfortable but eventually we were told another plane had arrived,'' he said.

''The pilot was very apologetic and very professional. They said safety comes first ... all the passengers were grateful that despite the inconvenience that he did the right thing."

He said the replacement flight arrived at Melbourne airport at 7pm last night.

Passengers due to fly to Adelaide last night, have been provided accommodation in Melbourne and will arrive in Adelaide this morning.

The fault on the Boeing 747 is the latest in a string of mechanical issues on Qantas aircraft and comes amid tension as international pilots threaten industrial action.

A pilot due to fly the same Hong Kong to Melbourne route was stood down by the airline yesterday afternoon after he threatened to strike.

On July 25, 2008, a plane on route QF30 was forced to return to Hong Kong when a burst oxygen cylinder blew a hole in the plane's fuselage.

Qantas were unavailable to comment on the latest incident last night.
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Old August 1st, 2011, 05:52 PM   #3851
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Pilot reportedly stood down in overtime stoush
Saturday 30 July 2011

A veteran Qantas captain who refused to work extra time on an international flight has allegedly become the first pilot in 45 years to be stood down by the airline.

The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) says Captain Steve Anderson was stood down over extra hours on a flight from Hong Kong to Melbourne.

The union is currently conducting what it calls a low-impact industrial campaign against the airline, calling for better conditions for workers employed within Qantas subsidiaries, including Jetstar.

The union says Mr Anderson was stood down because AIPA informed Qantas he would not extend his tour of duty on the flight, which was due to take off on Friday evening.

But Qantas says the veteran pilot has not been stood down at all.

"He indicated to Qantas he was not prepared to work as required, so was replaced for that trip only," Qantas said in a statement.

Qantas says the pilot will be able to return to work when he chooses.

Under workplace laws, Mr Anderson informed Qantas of his plans three days ago that he was not prepared to work beyond his regular hours.

"Work to rule is pretty simple, it just meant that I was going to sign on at exactly the time I was meant to sign on," he said.

It is part of union action over pay and conditions at Qantas.

Qantas says as the pilot informed the airline he was not prepared to work as expected on the flight to Melbourne, Qantas informed him he was not required on the flight.

If there was an emergency mid-flight and the plane was diverted, Mr Anderson's action would have made him unavailable to fly further.

"This means if the flight is delayed or diverted due to weather, medical emergencies, mechanical issues or air traffic control instructions, he may not continue flying," a Qantas spokesman said.

"Qantas is not prepared to risk passengers being delayed getting to Melbourne because the captain wants to take industrial action." Mr Anderson will now be a passenger on the Melbourne-bound flight he was supposed to fly.

Qantas says it does not want any industrial action to delay passengers.

"Ultimately this is an issue about customer care and Qantas was not prepared to pay Captain Anderson his full and very extensive wages to perform partial duties," Qantas said.

The incident is the latest development in the long-haul pilots' low-key industrial action against Qantas, which began on June 22 and which the union says will now continue for at least three more weeks.

Other action taken by AIPA members has included a Qantas captain holding a two-minute meeting with himself at London Heathrow airport last Sunday.

One pilot, believed to be Mr Anderson, also refused to wear his cap during a flight.

Pilots are playing announcements to Qantas passengers about the dispute.

Low-key action AIPA says it has opted to carry out low-key industrial action to minimise disruption.

It says pilots will also, in the near future, stop responding to text messages from Qantas confirming they are ready to sign on for work and stop using a Qantas flight operations website set up for pilots.

The union is demanding that all Qantas jets be flown by a Qantas pilot or a pilot on conditions equal to the Qantas pilot agreement.

It has called for pilots flying on Qantas affiliates such as Jetstar and New Zealand-based subsidiary Jetconnect to have the same wages and conditions as Qantas pilots.

But a Qantas spokesman said: "The pilots' union is trying to force all Qantas subsidiaries, including Jetstar, to pay the same premium pay and conditions as Qantas." "The union is also demanding pay increases and free flights on top of already heavily discounted airfares.

"If Qantas was to give the unions what they want, it would drive up airfares, cost jobs and make Qantas airlines and routes unprofitable." ABC/AAP
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As HK Aviation and HKG share a lot of the same discussion, the old HKG thread has been closed and archived. This thread will be renamed back to the HKG thread to match the Aviation forum thread structure.
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Environmental Experts Share Views on Mitigating Aviation Emissions
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(HONG KONG, 3 August 2011) – Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) today hosted a panel discussion presented by international experts, local airlines and Non-government Organisations (NGOs) with interest in environmental issues to stimulate discussion on the opportunities and issues to more effectively manage aviation emissions.

Overseas aviation experts from the International Air Transport Association and Airports Council International shared the industry's best practices in managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Cathay Pacific and AAHK presented ongoing programmes that mitigate aviation emissions. The discussions were delivered alongside the release of an analysis on local air quality in Tung Chung and Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and views expressed from Civic Exchange and WWF.

Over 70 participants from the aviation industry, government departments, major corporations, green groups, think tanks, political parties, business chambers attended the discussion to share their expert knowledge on greenhouse gas emissions, and more importantly, their experience in emissions management as well as the development of mitigating measures.

Welcoming the panel, AAHK Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung said, "GHG emission is an important issue that the aviation industry is committed to tackling. Over the years, the industry has implemented many strategies to reduce carbon emissions. As an international and regional aviation hub, HKIA has placed a great focus on operating one of the greenest airports in the world, and is firmly dedicated to achieving ongoing improvements in environmental performance."

"Through sharing and discussion among international experts, local airlines and NGOs, we aim to put the issue of aviation emissions in the right perspective and map a clear way forward to enhance our ongoing efforts to mitigate the industry's GHG emissions. The knowledge and expertise shared by the international experts and local NGOs will enable us to analyse and address the issue more effectively," added Mr Hui.

Although the aviation industry produces approximately 2% of the world's man-made emissions of carbon dioxide according to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global aviation industry has invested a great deal of effort and set ambitious emission reduction targets to mitigate its impact on the environment.

AAHK is committed to environmental protection. As one of the pioneers in driving an airport-wide emission reduction programme, HKIA has incorporated a diverse range of green initiatives into its daily operations and development processes. For instance, it signed the Aviation Industry Commitment to Action on Climate Change in 2008, and completed the first airport-wide carbon audit in 2009. Last year AAHK and about 40 business partners operating on the airport island joined together and pledged to reduce carbon intensity by 25% from 2008 levels by 2015.

In addition, HKIA has also planned to replace its traditional lighting with 81,000 LEDs by 2013 in passenger terminal buildings, which is estimated to save approximately 12.5 million KWH and reduce over 7,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. The airport will also upgrade the fixed ground power and pre-conditioned air systems at aircraft stands to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency. Given that both of these two systems use ground power, the measures can help alleviate the greenhouse effect by reducing aircraft's carbon emissions by as much as 85%.
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Hactl announces July tonnage throughput

(3 August 2011, Hong Kong) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) announced today its tonnage throughput for July 2011. A total of 237,739 tonnes were handled in the month, representing a decrease of 7.7% year-on-year. Cumulative tonnage for the first seven months of the year was 1,563,352 tonnes, a drop of 5.1% year-on-year.

Export volume for July was 126,369 tonnes, down 9.8% year-on-year. Total export volume for the first seven months was 822,313 tonnes, representing a drop of 7.9% year-on-year.

Import volume for July was 58,904 tonnes, down 13.1% against July last year. Aggregate import volume for the first seven months of 2011 was 403,551 tonnes, down 7.0% against the same period last year.

The transshipment volume was 52,466 tonnes in July, up by 5.3% year-on-year. Cumulative transshipment tonnage for the first seven months was 337,488 tonnes, representing a year-on-year increase of 5.3%.

The export, import and transshipment volumes for July and the first seven months of 2011 are tabulated as follows: http://www.hactl.com/en/mediactr/press20110803.htm
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In their 2030 Master Plan, a third runway is proposed for Hong Kong International Airport. Won't this mean the body of water to the north of Chep Lap Kok will be narrowed down by the third runway?
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In their 2030 Master Plan, a third runway is proposed for Hong Kong International Airport. Won't this mean the body of water to the north of Chep Lap Kok will be narrowed down by the third runway?
Yes - but that is a huge and wide waterway.
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