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Old May 25th, 2012, 05:01 AM   #4041
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Incheon International Airport was named the world's best airport for the seventh year running on Thursday at an event attended by around 500 guests in Singapore. The Airports Council International, an organization of around 1,700 airports around the world, announces its Airport Service Quality ranking every year.

"Incheon International Airport now faces new challenges," ACI secretary general Angela Gittens told the Chosun Ilbo before the award ceremony. It scored 4.95 out of five points, but competition is intensifying, she said, as rivals benchmark its achievements.

Singapore's Changi Airport came second with 4.86 points, while Beijing Capital International Airport overtook Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok International Airport for the first time to take third place. Beijing Capital ranked fourth last year with 4.67 points, but scored 4.82 points this year. In 2008, it expanded its passenger terminal to handle 82 million visitors a year. Incheon can handle 44 million visitors a year.

Incheon also faces increasing opposition from European airports. "This year may be the last time we award the best airport prize," Gittens said.

The ACI's Asia-Pacific board of directors decided at a meeting on Wednesday to stop awarding the overall prize next year because European airports complained that Incheon dominates it even though there are many outstanding airports in the EU. But ACI will continue to award prizes according to region and airport scale.

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Old June 8th, 2012, 01:17 PM   #4042
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'Slip' spins drama in the skies
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A "slip of the tongue" placed two passenger planes carrying about 600 people on a collision course in Hong Kong airspace two weeks ago, an investigation by The Standard reveals.

Instead of instructing an aircraft to descend to 36,000 feet, the controller ordered the pilot to drop to 26,000 feet, according to the Civil Aviation Department. But the error was rectified in time, just as the collision avoidance system of one of the planes was also activated.

A CAD spokeswoman said the May 14 incident involved a Hong Kong Airlines B737 bound for the SAR from Denpasar, Bali, and a Jeju Air B737 flying through Hong Kong to Bangkok from South Korea.

The controller, understood to be a non-local, intended to instruct the Hong Kong Airlines plane to drop to 36,000 feet but, due to a "slip of the tongue," said 26,000 feet. The Jeju Air plane was at 34,000 feet at that time.

After noticing the Hong Kong Airlines plane was passing through 36,000 feet on its descent, the controller immediately corrected the situation. The plane then ascended to the correct level.

During the process, the traffic collision avoidance system on the Jeju Air plane was activated, moving it to a lower level.

The distance between the two aircraft was 4.6 kilometers horizontally and 700 feet vertically - against the standard safe horizontal distance of 9.25km and a vertical distance of 1,000 feet.

But the CAD spokeswoman stressed there was "no risk of collision." She also ruled out fatigue as a reason for the incident.

"The controller had been off duty for 14 hours and had just commenced duty when the minor incident occurred," she said, adding the controller has been serving in the CAD for more than 13 years.

Former CAD chief Peter Lok Kung-nam said the two aircraft should have been within visual contact of each other.

"The danger was higher than usual but there wasn't any immediate risk of collision as they were not flying toward each other," Lok said.

This latest near-crash incident happened eight months after The Standard revealed that a Cathay Pacific plane and a Dragonair plane came within six seconds of a head-on collision, prompting the CAD to review its operation system.

A senior Dragonair pilot said yesterday the situation in the air traffic control tower "is only getting worse" since August, and that some of his fellow pilots are expecting an accident to happen soon.

The pilot said it is due to poor CAD management and the fact that many local controllers, instead of experienced foreign controllers, are hired.

However, Hong Kong Air Traffic Control Association chairman Ivan Chan Pui-kit said the situation has improved since August to what he calls a "satisfactory" level.

He also agreed the latest incident was merely a "slip of tongue."
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Old June 8th, 2012, 06:48 PM   #4043
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Old June 9th, 2012, 05:39 AM   #4044
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I've been to both airports & i'd rate HKG above PEK. PEK is an amazing structure though.
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Old June 11th, 2012, 07:54 PM   #4045
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Authority in the dark over runway social cost study
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Thursday, June 07, 2012

The Airport Authority Hong Kong is looking into the feasibility of conducting a study to find out the social cost of building a third runway.

But it has no concrete way of knowing how to go about it as it lacks a frame of reference.

"It is difficult for us to commit to something when we aren't quite clear what it is," Kevin Poole, the authority's deputy director of projects, said.

Poole's remarks came after the authority officially began the statutory impact assessment when it submitted a project profile of the third runway to the Environmental Protection Department last Monday.

Besides the statutory assessment and social cost study, the authority is also looking to determine the volume of carbon emissions from flights that enter and leave Hong Kong.

Tommy Leung King-yin, general manager of the authority's projects, said it is hard to gauge the cost of feeling sick because of pollution generated by the runway's construction.

"It will also be tough to keep track of the carbon emission over the airport's airspace because the pollutants can be blown into Hong Kong by the wind."

Although a non-governmental organization has conducted a study to find out the social cost of building an extra runway at London's Heathrow Airport, Leung said it is hard to just take that study's framework and apply it to Hong Kong. This is because Hong Kong and London are two different cities, he added.

That study, conducted several years ago, found the social cost of building an extra runway in London would be 5.5 billion (HK$66 billion). Another study conducted by the British government said the extra runway would bring an economic benefit of 5 billion.

Poole said that if the social cost study is to be carried out, he hopes it can be done in 2014 - the same year when the statutory environmental assessment is done.

Green Sense chairman Roy Tam Hoi- pong cast doubts on the authority being sincere about conducting the social cost survey. "Their attitude is that they are just doing it for the sake of doing it," he said.

Tam said if the authority is sincere, it should hire a consultant and pay an independent party to conduct the study.

He added that as far as he knows, no green group has agreed to work with the authority on its statutory environmental assessment.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 02:49 PM   #4047
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Old June 14th, 2012, 06:21 PM   #4048
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Cathay Pacific welcomes start of Environmental Impact Assessment process for third runway
28 May 2012
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Cathay Pacific Airways today (Monday) welcomed the start of the statutory Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for creating a three-runway system at Hong Kong International Airport.

“This is an important milestone for a crucial project that will ensure Hong Kong can continue to thrive as one of the world’s leading international aviation hubs,” said Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer Ivan Chu.

The project profile submitted by the Airport Authority to the Hong Kong SAR Government today gives an outline of the potential environmental impact of the project, covering a wide range of issues such as air and water quality, noise, marine ecology, fisheries, landscape and cultural heritage.

“We have no doubt that every effort will be made to minimise and mitigate the environment impacts and to address the concerns raised by the public,” said Mr Chu.

He also welcomed the setting up of special focus groups and community liaison groups to gauge public opinion on the project.

“For such a large-scale project, it is certainly important for the Airport Authority to engage the public and community groups at an early stage,” Mr Chu said.
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Old June 16th, 2012, 05:30 AM   #4049
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Setback for runway planners in call for more information
The Standard
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Airport Authority has suffered a setback over its plan to build a third runway, as the government demands it should provide more project information before an environmental assessment can be carried out.

The authority said it received the request from the director of Environmental Protection on Friday, and the additional information should cover ecology, noise, health and hazards.

"The organization is firmly committed to fulfilling all the statutory requirements under the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Ordinance and will provide the requested information as soon as possible," an authority spokesman said.

The project profile is needed to outline how the authority should conduct an environmental assessment.

The two-week public consultation ended yesterday, with 209 sets of public comments received, according to the Environmental Protection Department.

As soon as the authority provides the additional information to the EPD, the authority will have to gazette its profile again. Another two-week consultation will be carried out.

Meanwhile, 12 green groups renewed their calls for a more detailed profile yesterday. They stressed that the profile is very important as it will determine how the environmental assessment should be carried out.

Clean Air Network's campaign manager Erica Chan Fong-ying said that the submitted profile does not mention three important pollution indicators that will be brought by the third runway construction - nitrogen oxide, fine suspended particulates and ozone.

"These have the biggest harm to human body," Chan said. "But they are completely not mentioned in the profile."

She pointed out these elements are essential because, for example, the pollution monitoring station in Tung Chung recorded the worst pollution of all the 14 stations in the city.

WWF's terrestrial conservation manager Alan Leung Sze-lun said the authority makes use of outdated figures to assess the runway construction's impact on Hong Kong's rare pink dolphins.

Leung said although the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department issues the number of dolphins in Hong Kong every year, the authority makes use of 2007 and 2008 figures in its profile.

"The number of dolphins was still quite stable in 2007 and 2008, but the number has dropped a lot last year," Leung said.
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Old June 18th, 2012, 01:05 PM   #4050
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HKIA Sees Overall Traffic Growth in May
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HONG KONG, 17 June 2012 – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded growth in all three traffic categories in May 2012. During the month, cargo volume grew by 1.1% to 333,000 tonnes, registering the first positive year-on-year growth since March last year. Passenger volume surged to 4.5 million and air traffic movements reached 29,230, up 4.1% and 5% respectively from a year ago.

The growth in passenger traffic in May was driven mainly by visitor traffic which saw a 5% rise over the same month last year. Passenger traffic to/ from Japan and South East Asia performed particularly well.

The growth in cargo throughput last month was primarily due to a 3% year-on-year growth in exports. During the month, cargo throughput to/ from South East Asia outperformed other key regions.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, was delighted by the growth in cargo throughput despite current market volatility. “Both passenger traffic and aircraft movements continue to perform steadily, while cargo volume recorded its first positive yearly growth in 14 months. Going forward, we remain cautiously optimistic and will continue to monitor closely the impact of economic uncertainties on the aviation industry.

"Since the start of this year, we have added eight new destinations to Hong Kong's air network. Far East Air Transport from Taiwan also started operating passenger services between Hong Kong and Makung at HKIA last month. With around 100 airlines operating flights to about 160 destinations worldwide, HKIA will continue to strengthen its position as an international and regional aviation hub offering a world-class airport experience," Mr Hui added.

For the first five months of the year, the airport handled 23 million passengers and 143,445 aircraft movements, up 7.2% and 5.9% respectively over the same period last year. Cargo registered a small decrease of 0.9% when compared with the corresponding period a year ago to reach a total of 1.6 million tonnes.

On a rolling 12-month basis, flight movements registered a year-on-year increase of 6.2%, amounting to 341,830 movements. Passenger traffic rose 6.4% to 55.4 million and cargo tonnage decreased 4.5% to 3.9 million.
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Airport Authority Sets New Records for Revenue and Profit in
Financial Year 2011/2012

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(HONG KONG, 27 June 2012) – The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) announced that Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) set new records for both revenue and profit in the financial year ended 31 March 2012. Profit attributable to the equity shareholder went up 32.2% year on year to HK$5,336 million in fiscal 2011/2012, while revenue rose 14.8% to HK$12,154 million.

AAHK declared a final dividend of HK$3,900 million to the Hong Kong SAR Government. With the latest dividend, AAHK will have paid the Government HK$25,980 million in terms of dividends and return of capital since fiscal 2003/2004.

During the year, passenger volume increased 6.6% to 54.9 million and flight movements rose 7.2% to 339,000. Although cargo performance softened 5.9% to 3.9 million tonnes, HKIA remained the world's busiest international cargo airport, a position it has held since 1996. HKIA has also been ranked the third-busiest airport for international air passengers since 2009.

AAHK Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung said he was encouraged that both revenue and profit have seen double-digit growth for two consecutive years. "The strong performance is a result of healthy traffic growth, and it is indicative of our on-going efforts to contain costs, enhance operational efficiency and explore every possible means to increase revenue by leveraging HKIA's growing passenger traffic."

Commenting on AAHK's financial position, William Lo Chi-chung, Executive Director, Finance, said, "In fiscal 2011/2012, AAHK grew revenue by 14.8% while containing operating expenses at 9.8%. This resulted in an improved EBITDA margin of 67.8%, which was up from 66.3% a year ago. Return on equity also saw year-on-year improvement, growing from 11.1% to 14.2%. This excellent financial performance, together with our AAA credit rating, has enabled us to efficiently finance our growth projects that will help meet the airport's forecast short- to medium-term traffic demand in a safe, secure and sustainable manner."

Mr Hui added, "All three of our air traffic categories in 2011/2012 surpassed our 20-year forecast by two to three years. In addition to its top rankings in international cargo and passenger volumes, HKIA has been the world's busiest cargo airport for the second consecutive year and, for the first time, a top 10 busiest passenger airport in the world. Although the sluggish global economic growth and the Eurozone crisis continue to cast an uncertain shadow over the global economy, we are confident in HKIA's long-term air traffic demand."

To meet its increasing traffic demand, the airport is expanding its capacity and facilities with short-, medium- and long-term development programmes. In 2011 AAHK launched a HK$500 million rejuvenation programme to upgrade HKIA's terminal buildings, airport facilities and operation systems. In addition, the HK$10.2 billion Midfield and HK$2.2 billion West Apron developments will enable the airport to meet its medium-term air traffic demand by adding a total of 36 new parking stands and a Midfield Concourse that will be able to handle 10 million passengers per year upon completion in 2015.

The long-term plan centres on expanding HKIA into a three-runway system. After receiving the in-principle approval from the Government this March, AAHK kick-started the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process by submitting the project profile to the Director of Environmental Protection.

"The project profile, the first step of the EIA process, is meant to set out the project scope and identify potential environmental issues that we foresee at this stage. We will carry out extensive, thorough studies on the potential impacts arising from HKIA's expansion into a three-runway system according to the scope set out by the Director of Environmental Protection in the EIA Study Brief. We are committed to full compliance with the statutory EIA process, and will explore every possible way to avoid, minimise and mitigate any environmental impact that may arise from the proposed airport expansion," Mr Hui remarked.

In terms of environmental performance, HKIA is on track to achieve its pledge to reduce its carbon intensity 25% from 2008 emission levels by 2015, currently standing at 10% below the 2008 readings. Building on many years of work to minimise the environmental footprint of daily airport operations, AAHK and 40 business partners made another pledge in May this year to make the airport the greenest in the world. More than 400 environmental initiatives have been devised to improve HKIA's environmental performance, covering areas spanning carbon reduction, waste management, electrification of the airside saloon fleet, reduction of electricity consumption and more.

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Civil Aviation Department completes investigation on loss of standard separation incident on September 18, 2011
Friday, July 13, 2012
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The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has completed its investigation on the loss of standard separation incident between an A330 and a B777 that occurred on September 18, 2011. The report has been accepted by the Air Traffic Safety Assessment Committee, which comprises air traffic safety experts from the aviation industry.

The report indicates that operations at the airport were generally manageable, but inclement weather in the Terminal Area airspace was causing flights to deviate and enter the Terminal West Sector airspace. Under the complicated airspace usage, flight operations and weather conditions, the Sector was overloaded and all usable flight levels were occupied within a short time. As a result, the A330 and B777 were assigned the same level to enter the Sector airspace. While the air traffic controller was busy handling priority aircraft deviation calls and requests for approach due to the bad weather, level change for the two aircraft was not effected in time and the controller had to issue avoiding turn instructions to both aircraft for separation. The airline reports indicated both flight crews had identified the other aircraft visually and normal turns were made without the need for a higher turn rate or bank angle. The report confirmed that there was no danger of collision.

The report makes a number of recommendations in respect of air traffic operations, air traffic procedures, flight crew and airline operations, weather forecast and communication with airlines under inclement weather. The CAD has thoroughly reviewed the required improvements and coordinated with airlines and the Hong Kong Observatory in taking actions on the recommended improvements. Among other improvements, new holding airspaces have been established, and enhanced aviation weather forecasts and flow management measures notifications are issued twice daily - in early morning and afternoon - so that airlines will have a better understanding of weather conditions and air traffic arrangements to and from Hong Kong International Airport for planning their flight operations.
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