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Old September 20th, 2012, 09:23 AM   #4101
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Green groups see red over runway snub
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Airport Authority has decided against embarking on a study to estimate the intangible social impact that a third runway will have on society, as demanded by environmental activists.

It will instead carry out a study according to World Bank and European Union standards to estimate the social and environmental impact of the runway.

That decision was to have been communicated to the activists in a meeting yesterday, but they saw red once they caught wind of what was in the air and refused to show up.

The study will be on top of the environmental impact assessment that is due to start this month.

The EIA is mandatory under the law to assess the effect of the runway on air quality, noise, marine ecology and fisheries and Chinese white dolphins.

Authority corporate development executive director Wilson Fung Wing-yip said the social return on the investment approach that green groups want adopted is mostly used for small-scale community or charity projects and unsuitable for large infrastructure developments.

"The methodology is usually used by volunteers and non-profit sectors and its indicators can be subjective," said Fung, reiterating there is no single method for evaluating social and environmental impact.

Plans to build a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport were shelved in 2010 largely because a social return study showed that the impact on people living near the airport outweighed the economic benefits.

Fung said the authority believes the World Bank and European Union standards offer a more comprehensive assessment of the social and environment impact of the project.

In addition to air quality and noise, which will be covered in the EIA, the World Bank methodology also covers the impact on climate change, utility relocation, resettlements and accidents.

Fung said the authority will complete the study as well as the EIA in two years.

Greeners Action chief executive Angus Ho Hon-wai was among those furious with the decision.

"They are showing a lack of commitment to a wider public consultation and refusing to provide more concrete information," said Ho, adding that his group is planning joint countermeasures with other green activists.

Friends of the Earth senior environmental affairs officer Melanie Chau Yuet-cheung said she fears the authority is refusing to commit to returning anything to community.
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Old October 8th, 2012, 05:18 PM   #4102
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Myanmar int'l airline to fly to Hong Kong later this year

YANGON, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's national carrier, the Myanmar Airways International (MAI), will launch direct flight from Yangon to China's Hong Kong before the end of this year, according to airline sources Monday.

Using A320, the Yangon-Hong Kong route will operate three times a week, the sources said, adding that the date of its maiden flight has not been set yet.

While operating chartered flights also, MAI is giving priority to flying regional destinations and then European's.

MAI has extended its regular flight to Gaya of India, Guangzhou of China, Bangkok of Thailand, Singapore and Bangkok-Singapore- Bangkok while two new air routes -- Mandalay-Bangkok-Mandalay and Mandalay-Gaya-Mandalay are being extended in October and November.

At present, MAI is flying to five countries with six Airbus A320, transporting 500,000 passengers annually.

Meanwhile, five more foreign airlines, Dragon Air, EVA Air, All Nippon Airways, Singapore Airlines, Germany based Condor Airlines and Trans Asia Airways are preparing to fly Myanmar in addition to the existing foreign ones.

At present, there are 15 foreign airlines flying Yangon, of which Korean Air was launched in September, while Qatar Airways in October as the latest.

MAI is known as a joint venture between the state-owned Myanmar Airways and the private Royal Myanmar Transport Co., which was transformed from that with a Singapore-based company -- Jester Asia in 1993.

The share of the Jester Asia was taken up by the Royal Myanmar Transport Co.

In addition to the 64-year-old state-operated domestic Myanma Airways (MA), there are also five other private-run domestic airlines in Myanmar, namely Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Air Bagan, Asian Wings and Air Kanbawza.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 11:04 AM   #4103
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Hong Kong International Airport Clinches TTG Travel Awards-"Best Airport" for the 10th Time
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HONG KONG, 7 October 2012 – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has once again been named the world's "Best Airport" at the annual TTG Travel Awards - an award it has claimed every year since 2002, except in 2003 when the awards were not held.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said he was delighted that HKIA has built such a solid reputation as a leading international airport. "It's a great honour to be recognised as the world's best airport again by TTG readers. Clinching the award for ten years proves that HKIA has achieved an exceptionally consistent delivery of high quality service.

"The award, given to HKIA by TTG readers, is a great testament to the tireless efforts of our 65,000-strong workforce in the airport community, who strives to offer an enjoyable airport experience to the ever-growing volume of passengers. We will continue to upgrade our facilities and services to ensure pleasant and seamless journeys for all travellers using HKIA," Mr Hui added.

The TTG Travel Awards 2012 were voted by over 60,000 readers of TTG's print and online publications between June and August of this year. These include TTG Asia, TTG China, TTG India, TTGmice, TTG-BTmice China, TTG Asia e-Daily, www.ttgasia.com, www.ttgchina.com, www.ttgmice.com and planner.ttgmice.com. The Awards have been held every year since 1989, with the exception of 2003 due to the SARS epidemic.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 06:09 AM   #4104
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What are the criteria which are looked at when choosing the best airport.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 03:19 PM   #4105
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What are the criteria which are looked at when choosing the best airport.
Perhaps the methodology is here : http://www.ttgasia.com/ttg-awards/winners11.php
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Old October 13th, 2012, 10:26 AM   #4106
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Late night flight from HKG to eastern Russia :

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Old October 13th, 2012, 06:35 PM   #4107
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Late night flight from HKG to eastern Russia :
Do they even get passengers to vladivostok?
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Old October 13th, 2012, 07:56 PM   #4108
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Do they even get passengers to vladivostok?
It looks like XF (Vladivostok Airlines) does indeed fly to VVO. And possibly KHV.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 08:03 PM   #4109
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Do they even get passengers to vladivostok?
Since Russia granted Hong Kong passport holders visa-free access a few years ago, tours to Vladivostok opened up, although most go through Harbin at the moment.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 08:07 PM   #4110
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Since Russia granted Hong Kong passport holders visa-free access a few years ago, tours to Vladivostok opened up, although most go through Harbin at the moment.
Oh wow. But that means HK residents need a transit visa to travel through China, true?
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Old October 13th, 2012, 09:50 PM   #4111
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Oh wow. But that means HK residents need a transit visa to travel through China, true?
But HK residents don't even need a passport to enter mainland China - they use a Homeland Returning Pass.
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But HK residents don't even need a passport to enter mainland China - they use a Homeland Returning Pass.
Oh. And how long is that pass valid for stays in China?
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Old October 14th, 2012, 04:13 AM   #4113
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Oh. And how long is that pass valid for stays in China?
If you are over 18, it's good for a decade if I am not mistaken.
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If you are over 18, it's good for a decade if I am not mistaken.
Oh wow. Now that could be a good thing if people were born in Hong Kong. But there are so many domestic helpers and laborers in Hong Kong, so it may be hard to get citizenship to start with.

Anyways, I'm wondering if and when BA will start its A380 service to HKG since it could mean consolidating its 2x daily flights into one...?
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Old October 14th, 2012, 07:02 AM   #4115
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Oh wow. Now that could be a good thing if people were born in Hong Kong. But there are so many domestic helpers and laborers in Hong Kong, so it may be hard to get citizenship to start with.

Anyways, I'm wondering if and when BA will start its A380 service to HKG since it could mean consolidating its 2x daily flights into one...?
Domestic helpers are not eligible for citizenship in Hong Kong because they get work visas. There was a big legal battle earlier in the year about this. Otherwise, you need to immigrate to Hong Kong and stay for 7 years to get citizenship.

I doubt BA will further reduce their HKG frequencies. They have a huge front cabin for business passengers, who want frequency, rather than capacity.
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Domestic helpers are not eligible for citizenship in Hong Kong because they get work visas. There was a big legal battle earlier in the year about this. Otherwise, you need to immigrate to Hong Kong and stay for 7 years to get citizenship.

I doubt BA will further reduce their HKG frequencies. They have a huge front cabin for business passengers, who want frequency, rather than capacity.
Ah really? That's really good news. I think that's a reason why for a long time, BA routed its flight to MNL via HKG (as BA 031/032)... HKG is a very popular business destination indeed, thus a sizable number of business passengers.
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Yeah with Emirates' 5 daily operated with A380 in LHR you want to think twice about reducing the frequencies.
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Yeah with Emirates' 5 daily operated with A380 in LHR you want to think twice about reducing the frequencies.
True. But LHR-HKG is a long-haul flight of its own... and it is still part of the coveted Kangaroo Route to Australia. I then understand now why European airlines don't want to fly direct to Manila and instead direct their flights to HKG... As a result, near-hourly flights are made between MNL and HKG. Yet, I believe that provides inconvenience to travelers since transfer times can be long, and it shows how HKG is indeed far advanced than MNL.
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Old October 14th, 2012, 02:03 PM   #4119
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Do they even get passengers to vladivostok?
XF has 2 flightd per week on VVO-HKG route, while S7 is going to increase the number of flights up to 3 weekly on the same route (now they also have 2).
And HKG is very popular destination in Russan Far East as for business so as for tourism.
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