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Old February 5th, 2013, 11:42 AM   #4221
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Flight from Hong Kong had a close call over India :

Close shave for planes
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Sat 19 Jan, 2013

A Qatar Airways plane from Doha and a Belgian aircraft from Hong Kong came within seconds of each other in the sky 148km west of Calcutta on Thursday.

The Qatar plane was headed to Calcutta while the TNT Airlines plane was going to Dubai. There were over 200 people on board the aircraft, which came dangerously close at 30,000ft in the air.

The air traffic control in Calcutta described the incident, around 12.30pm, as "a near miss".

The directorate general of civil aviation on Friday ordered a probe into the incident.

Airport sources said the Qatar Airways flight was at 35,000ft and the TNT flight at 30,000ft.

"The Qatar airways flight was asked to descend to one route but it descended to another because of a communication problem," said an airport official.

The pilots realised the planes were too close to each other when the in-flight pilot alarm system sounded an alert and asked the Qatar Airways flight to ascend.

A piece of equipment called TCAS (traffic collision avoidance system), which alerts the pilot if another aircraft is in the vicinity and provides guidance to avoid collision, is installed in most modern aircraft.

"We are probing the incident. The investigating official will submit a report," said an official of the directorate general of civil aviation.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 02:43 AM   #4222
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Some interesting flight news from Ethiopian Airlines:

Ethiopian Airlines will adjust its East Asian operations starting 18 June 2013, in which it will reallocate its existing services to serve three new destinations. Two of the new routes will operate via Hong Kong, namely Manila and Seoul-Incheon.

Current setup: 1 daily Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Hong Kong

Future setup: 1 daily Addis Ababa – Hong Kong nonstop, with two routes:


Addis Ababa – Hong Kong – Manila: 3 weekly B767-300ER
ET628 ADD0005 – 1500HKG1600 – 1800MNL 763 246
ET629 MNL2200 – 2355HKG0055+1 – 0655+1ADD 763 246

Addis Ababa – Hong Kong – Seoul Incheon: 4 weekly B767-300ER from 24JUN13
ET608 ADD2315 – 1415+1HKG1515+1 – 1930+1ICN 763 x135
ET609 ICN2050 – 2335HKG0035+1 – 0635+1ADD 763 x246

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- ET does not have local traffic rights on Hong Kong – Manila sector. Reservations for the ADD-HKG-MNL flight opened 1 February 2013.
- ET does not have local traffic rights on Hong Kong – Seoul Incheon sector. Reservations for the ADD-HKG-ICN flight started midday 5 February 2013 for ADD departure.
- Planned service may be altered due to on-going investigation with Boeing 787 grounding.


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Old February 6th, 2013, 03:48 AM   #4223
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^ Interesting news. I haven't seen a press release from them yet about this. Wonder why they didn't push for 5th freedoms for Manila and Seoul? Seoul also is served by Air India and Thai from Hong Kong.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 03:56 AM   #4224
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^ Interesting news. I haven't seen a press release from them yet about this. Wonder why they didn't push for 5th freedoms for Manila and Seoul? Seoul also is served by Air India and Thai from Hong Kong.
That's a very interesting question. Perhaps ET wants to serve both MNL and ICN as full routes rather than just a portion of them, as both destinations already have a lot of flights operating to them from HKG. On top of that, perhaps ET wants to keep its ADD passengers intact up to both destinations...
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Old February 7th, 2013, 10:36 AM   #4225
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Here's yet another interesting news from another African carrier operating to Hong Kong, Kenya Airways:

Kenya Airways will adjust its Asian operations from 31 March 2013, and it will include adjustments to its Hong Kong service.

Current setup:
The airline operates thrice weekly Nairobi-Hong Kong service via Bangkok.

From 31 March 2013:
Kenya Airways will reroute its thrice weekly Nairobi-Hong Kong flight via Dubai, effectively canceling existing route via Bangkok. On top of it, the airline has local traffic rights on the DXB-HKG sector, making it the third airline after Emirates and Cathay Pacific to operate such service. Schedules:

KQ862 NBO2245 – 0500+1DXB0600+1 – 1810+1HKG 763 135

KQ863 HKG2120 – 0130+1DXB0310+1 – 0725+1NBO 763 2
KQ863 HKG2120 – 0130+1DXB0240+1 – 0655+1NBO 763 6
KQ863 HKG2150 – 0200+1DXB0405+1 – 0820+1NBO 763 4

KQ will still fly daily between Nairobi and Bangkok; however, the thrice-weekly flights allocated to HKG will be transferred to CAN from 31 March 2013, effectively making Nairobi-Guangzhou via Bangkok a daily service.

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Old February 7th, 2013, 10:39 AM   #4226
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Here's yet another interesting news from another African carrier operating to Hong Kong, Kenya Airways:

Kenya Airways will adjust its Asian operations from 31 March 2013, and it will include adjustments to its Hong Kong service.

Current setup:
The airline operates thrice weekly Nairobi-Hong Kong service via Bangkok.

From 31 March 2013:
Kenya Airways will reroute its thrice weekly Nairobi-Hong Kong flight via Dubai, effectively canceling existing route via Bangkok. On top of it, the airline has local traffic rights on the DXB-HKG sector, making it the third airline after Emirates and Cathay Pacific to operate such service. Schedules:

KQ862 NBO2245 – 0500+1DXB0600+1 – 1810+1HKG 763 135

KQ863 HKG2120 – 0130+1DXB0310+1 – 0725+1NBO 763 2
KQ863 HKG2120 – 0130+1DXB0240+1 – 0655+1NBO 763 6
KQ863 HKG2150 – 0200+1DXB0405+1 – 0820+1NBO 763 4

KQ will still fly daily between Nairobi and Bangkok; however, the thrice-weekly flights allocated to HKG will be transferred to CAN from 31 March 2013, effectively making Nairobi-Guangzhou via Bangkok a daily service.

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How does this arrangement impact the QF BKK-SYD code share....?
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KQ will still operate NBO-BKK daily... it's just that the flight will be reallocated to CAN to become a daily NBO-BKK-CAN service. I think there will be no changes with the codesharing.
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KQ will still operate NBO-BKK daily... it's just that the flight will be reallocated to CAN to become a daily NBO-BKK-CAN service. I think there will be no changes with the codesharing.
Cheers, thanks for clarifying...
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Old February 7th, 2013, 04:37 PM   #4229
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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:30 PM   #4230
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RMB9! Ultra-low flight ticket price from Xiamen to Hong Kong makes a stir
Updated: 05 Feb 2013
http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/news29394.html


The Shanghai-headquartered budget airline Spring Airlines is offering flights between Xiamen and Hong Kong for just 9 yuan from 23th February to 27th March (Photo: Website screenshot)

Believe it or not, the flight ticket for a single trip from Xiamen to Hong Kong is as low as 9 yuan, or less than 2 US dollars.

The Shanghai-headquartered budget airline Spring Airlines is offering flights between Xiamen and Hong Kong for just 9 yuan from 23th February to 27th March.

The ultra-low price, which is claimed as the lowest ever airfare for any flights departing from Xiamen, has attracted a lot of attention and, also, sparked suspicion of commercial hype.

An official of Spring Airlines’ branch office in Xiamen has confirmed the price, which does not include the fuel surcharge or airport construction fees, while adding that they also launched another 32 9-yuan domestic flight routes covering Shanghai, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang and other cities in late January.

An industry observer, however, pointed out that it’s nothing but a method of commercial hype frequently used by budget airlines to attract attention.

"Normally, only a few of these super-low tickets are available,” said the observer, “The departure time is not very friendly, and the average seat occupancy for the route is always low especially in a post-Spring Festival slack season for travel, so it would better to be cheap rather than be empty.”
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LCQ18: Competitiveness of Hong Kong's travel and tourism industry
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Government Press Release Excerpt

Following is a written reply by the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, to a question by the Hon Abraham Shek in the Legislative Council today (February 6):

Question:

According to the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2011, Hong Kong had an overall ranking of 12 among 139 countries and places in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index in 2011, which is two places behind Singapore. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(b) given that Hong Kong ranked 43rd in the area of "ticket taxes and airport charges", whether the Government has assessed the correlation between the current level of the airport fees (e.g. landing fee, terminal building charge, parking fee and boarding bridge charge) charged by the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and HKIA's competitiveness among the major airports in Asia; if it has, of the details of the assessment outcome; if not, the reasons for that; whether the Government has considered lowering the airport passenger departure tax to attract more tourists to Hong Kong; if it has, of the details; if not, the reasons for that; and


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My reply to various parts of the question is as follows :

(b) The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is the world's busiest cargo gateway and one of the world's 10 busiest passenger airports. At present, there are around 100 airlines operating about 6 700 flights per week, serving about 170 destinations worldwide. According to a review on Airport Charges conducted by LeighFisher (Note 1) in 2011, HKIA's airport charges (Note 2) ranked the lowest (i.e. the most competitive) among 50 international airports. In the same Review, the consultant also compared other airports, including Tokyo (ranked sixth), Seoul Incheon (ranked 30th), Bangkok (ranked 34th), Singapore (ranked 46th) and Kuala Lumpur (ranked 49th).

The current rate of the Air Passenger Departure Tax (APDT) is HK$120 per passenger (12 years of age or above) departing by air from Hong Kong through HKIA, or by helicopter from Hong Kong at the Heliport at the Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Terminal. The rate has remained unchanged since 2004. Given that the APDT only accounts for a negligible sum of the overall cost of travelling, we believe this does not constitute a major factor for consideration of whether or not to visit Hong Kong. We have no plan at this stage to adjust the APDT.

Note 2: Airport charges include landing charge, parking charge, airbridge charge and terminal building charge.
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United Airlines will double its Guam-Hong Kong service from 1 April 2013 from 2 weekly to 4 weekly flights on board B737-800. Schedule:

UA147 GUM1840 – 2150HKG 738 x247
UA180 HKG2245 – 0550+1GUM 738 15
UA180 HKG2250 – 0555+1GUM 738 36

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Old February 16th, 2013, 11:42 AM   #4233
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Two passengers arrested after in-flight punch-up over kids
The Standard
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Two Hong Kong men got into a punch- up on a flight from Thailand after one scolded the other's children for disturbing him.

Police said the two passengers punched each other on the Orient Thai Airlines flight on Tuesday at about 10pm. They were arrested when the flight landed at Hong Kong International Airport an hour later.

A 63-year-old man named Ho was said to have been disturbed by the children of the other man, named Leung, 47, about two hours into the flight from Bangkok.

The youngsters were sitting next to Ho, who scolded the children for their behavior.

Leung defended his children and told the older man he had no right to accuse them. The quarrel became more heated and blows were exchanged, causing passengers nearby to flee their seats.

Flight attendants failed to settle the argument and called police.

Police entered the aircraft as soon as it landed and arrested the pair for assault. Both men were sent to Princess Margaret Hospital and discharged after being treated.

Police said the case is under investigation.

The Hong Kong Airport Authority was notified by attendants who asked for an ambulance for an injured person.

Orient Thai Airlines is popular as its flights depart for Thailand in the morning and arrive back in Hong Kong late at night.
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HKIA Sees Sustained Growth in Cargo Tonnage and Aircraft Movements
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HONG KONG, 17 February 2013 - Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) announced that January air cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) grew by 21.2% year on year to 334,000 tonnes. The airport also registered 30,290 aircraft movements, an increase of 4.4% compared to the same month last year. Passenger volume decreased by 5.1% to 4.6 million primarily because this year's Chinese New Year falls in February whereas that in 2012 was in January.

Hong Kong resident travel dropped 21% year on year while visitor traffic grew by 2%. Transfer/ transit traffic registered a slight decrease of 1%.

On the cargo side, all major HKIA markets showed growth over January 2012, with Taiwan and North America outperforming other key regions. Imports, exports and transshipments all grew by double digits.

Stanley Hui Hon-Chung, Chief Executive Officer of AAHK, said the substantial surge in cargo throughput and the single-digit drop in passenger trips were mainly attributable to the timing impact of Chinese New Year. "It is worth noting that meaningful year-on-year comparisons can only be made with the numbers of January and February combined. Over the Chinese New Year holidays, a total of over 600 extra flights will be arranged to various popular holiday destinations for Hong Kong residents such as Taipei, Bangkok and Seoul. We expect to see a surge in travel by Hong Kong residents over the Chinese New Year holidays in mid February. Likewise, with most factories on the Mainland closed for the Chinese New Year holidays, air cargo is expected to decline in February over last year.

Mr Hui added that the combined traffic statistics for the first two months would be available in March.

On a rolling 12-month basis, passenger traffic rose 3.2% year on year to 56.2 million. Both cargo tonnage and aircraft movements climbed 5.2% over the same period to 4.1 million tonnes and 352,950 respectively.

http://www.hongkongairport.com/pr_download/Jan2013e.pdf
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Cheap flights can land with a new bill
The Standard
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Complaints to the Consumer Council about budget airlines reached 167 last year after 57 in 2011.

The gripes involved online bookings, charges, service quality and cancellation of flights.

After a study of seven budget airlines, council vice chairman Ambrose Ho Pui-him said the lesson is that people must check carefully on charges and the spread of services before buying tickets.

Typical was a Mr Chan thinking he had found a cheap flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai only to be informed it was canceled. He was asked to pay an extra HK$60 administrative fee for a full refund.

The council stepped in and Chan eventually got a full refund of HK$2,064 without a fee sting.

"To reduce the operational cost, budget airlines unbundle fares and services," Ho said. "This means fees on counter reservation, baggage delivery and in-flight catering are charged separately. Many disputes between consumers and airlines are a result of different understandings of these fees."

This underlined the message for there to be a careful reading of terms and conditions - especially arrangements in the event of a flight delay or cancellation - before making a choice.

Away from airlines, there were 92 complaints about wedding photography services, with 26 cases involving firms outside Hong Kong.

Most complaints related to sales practices, picture quality, delays in delivery and prices.

Ho said people should not rely on verbal assurances and also ensure that firms put all promises and conditions in clear written form.

A Ms Yiu purchased a wedding photography package for HK$17,589 in Yunnan but was told the pictures could not be edited unless she paid another HK$3,800. Additionally, she had to pay HK$510 for the photos to be sent to Hong Kong.

Even when the council had stepped in, the wedding firm refused to give Yiu a refund as those terms were written into the agreement.

"Some packages highlight so-called special prices to attract customers," Ho pointed out.

The studies are now in Choice magazine.
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Aviation passenger fuel surcharges adjusted
Monday, February 25, 2013
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The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) today (February 25) approved the passenger fuel surcharges for the period from March 1 to March 31.

The new maximum levels of fuel surcharges will be $242 for short-haul flights and $962 for long-haul flights, which represent increases of 7 per cent and 6 per cent from the current maximum levels for short-haul and long-haul flights respectively. The applicable surcharge levels are based on the ticket issue date. The approved fuel surcharge levels of individual airlines have been published on the CAD's website (www.cad.gov.hk).

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 in January when the maximum surcharge levels approved by the CAD were $227 for short-haul flights and $908 for long-haul flights.
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