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Old March 18th, 2013, 10:11 PM   #4261
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Let me update you on Hong Kong International Airport operations:

Asiana Airlines Hong Kong Summer 2013 Changes as of 17 March 2013

The airline will adjust operational planned aircraft on its Seoul/Incheon - Hong Kong flight from 29 April 2013, in which it will operate A321, A330-300, and B747-400 PAX on this route. Schedules:

OZ721 ICN0900 – 1150HKG 333 D
OZ723 ICN1000 – 1250HKG 321 D
OZ745 ICN1950 – 2240HKG 744 x256
OZ745 ICN1950 – 2240HKG 333 256
OZ749 ICN2010 – 2300HKG 321 D

OZ746 HKG0030 – 0500ICN 744 x367
OZ746 HKG0030 – 0500ICN 333 367
OZ750 HKG0100 – 0530ICN 321 D
OZ722 HKG1310 – 1740ICN 333 D
OZ724 HKG1350 – 1820ICN 321 D

Note during the month of April 2013, outbound flight from Seoul/Incheon sees 2 flights departing at the same time on Fridays and Saturdays:

OZ745 ICN2010 – 2300HKG EQV
OZ749 ICN2010 – 2300HKG EQV

Cathay Pacific Service Reductions for London and Paris Operations in October 2013

The airline will temporarily reduce operations to London/Heathrow and Paris/CDG from Hong Kong on select dates. Details and schedules:

Hong Kong – London Heathrow:
Between 8 and 26 October 2013, service reduces from 35 to 32 – 34 weekly

CX255 HKG0035 – 0620LHR 744 D
CX257 HKG1005 – 1600LHR 77W *
CX239 HKG1025 – 1615LHR 77W D
CX253 HKG1440 – 2030LHR 77W D
CX251 HKG2355 – 0540+1LHR 77W D

CX252 LHR1230 – 0705+1HKG 744 D
CX250 LHR1820 – 1305+1HKG 77W D
CX256 LHR2015 – 1505+1HKG 77W *
CX254 LHR2220 – 1705+1HKG 77W D
CX238 LHR2235 – 1715+1HKG 77W D

*Service reduction for CX257/256 during following periods:
07OCT13 – 13OCT13 Day x234
14OCT13 – 20OCT13 Day x3
21OCT13 – 26OCT13 Day x234


Hong Kong – Paris CDG:
CX279/278 cancelled on 4, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25 October 2013.

Dragonair to Boost Capacity to Kolkata in May/June 2013

The airline will upgrade its operational aircraft on its 4-weekly Hong Kong-Kolkata flight from an A320 to an A330-300 from 15 May to 3 June 2013. Schedule:

KA168 HKG2235 – 0025+1CCU 333 x124
KA169 CCU0120 – 0805HKG 333 x235

Qatar Airways May 2013 Operations Update as of 16 March 2013

The airline has recently reopened reservations for its 2nd daily Doha-Hong Kong rotation, open for flights between 1 and 31 May 2013. However, the reopened flight is only available for booking on full-fare Business and Economy Classes. Details and schedule:

Doha – Hong Kong:
QR816/817 reopened for reservation in CJYBL booking classes

QR816 DOH0745 – 2120HKG 332 D
QR817 HKG1835 – 2220DOH 332 D

Asiana Airlines, Air India to Expand Codesharing Services on Seoul - Delhi Flights from 31 March 2013

Starting the Summer 2013 season, Asiana Airlines and Air India will expand their codesharing operations, with each airline carrying both OZ and AI airline codes on flights between Seoul and Delhi. It will include Air India's Seoul - Hong Kong - Delhi service. Details and schedules:

Currently, Air India codeshares on 1 of 3 weekly ASIANA service while ASIANA codeshares on all AI flights on this route.

OZ767/AI7147 ICN1940 – 0050+1DEL 333 246
OZ768/AI7148 DEL0210 – 1220ICN 333 357

AI317/OZ6377 ICN1415 – 1650HKG1805 – 2110DEL 77L x246
AI310/OZ6378 DEL2315 – 0650+1HKG0805+1 – 1230+1ICN 77L x135
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 09:02 PM   #4263
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HKIA Becomes First Airport in Asia-Pacific to Achieve Airport Carbon Accreditation "Optimisation" Level

Airport recognised for its carbon emissions management and reduction efforts

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HONG KONG, 22 March 2013 – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) received a significant recognition of its environmental efforts today when Airports Council International (ACI) presented it with the Airport Carbon Accreditation "Optimisation" certificate – the second-highest level of accreditation in the programme – for its management and reduction of carbon emissions. HKIA is the first and only airport in Asia-Pacific to achieve this standard.

HKIA also announced that according to preliminary and unaudited figures, the airport community has achieved a carbon intensity reduction of nearly 14% over the past two years. The result puts HKIA on track to meet the goal it set in 2010 of lowering the airport’s carbon intensity by 25% by 2015 compared to 2008 emission levels.

Airport Carbon Accreditation was initially launched by ACI Europe in June 2009 and expanded to Asia-Pacific in November 2011. It is the only institutionally endorsed carbon management certification standard for airports. The programme independently assesses the efforts of airports with four progressive levels of accreditation, including "Mapping", "Reduction", "Optimisation" and "Neutrality". To achieve "Optimisation", or level 3, an airport must show that it has mapped and reduced its carbon emissions and has also engaged stakeholders – including airlines, caterers, ground handlers and others – to reduce their carbon footprints.

At today's ceremony, Patti Chau, Regional Director of ACI Asia-Pacific, presented Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, Chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), with a certificate confirming HKIA's accomplishment under the programme.

The ceremony was officiated by Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, Secretary for Transport and Housing, Dr Marvin Cheung and Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of AAHK. Representatives from three green groups, including Professor Stephen Wong, Chairman of Clean Air Network, Dr Man Chi-sum, Chief Executive Officer of Green Power, and Adam Koo, Chief Executive Officer of WWF-Hong Kong, also attended the ceremony together with more than 40 business partners.

During the ceremony Dr Cheung extended his gratitude to the airport's business partners for their joint efforts to reduce the carbon intensity of HKIA's day-to-day operations and development. "This accreditation is an important milestone as we pursue environmental excellence and a sustainable future. We hope that the experience we have gained to date will help HKIA continue to be a pioneer in environmental performance around the world."

Professor Cheung said, "Environmental protection has always been an integral aspect of HKIA's development, and this is also one of the policy priorities of the new Government, so it is rewarding to see the airport become a pioneer in the Asia-Pacific region and an exemplar of environmental excellence. The airport community has demonstrated how businesses can come together to tackle environmental challenges through carefully planned initiatives and joint effort."

Ms Chau said, "As the association representing airports worldwide, the Airports Council International is pleased to welcome the first Asia-Pacific airport to attain Airport Carbon Accreditation Optimisation Level. This not only demonstrated AAHK's strong commitment in environmental protection and ensuring sustainable growth but also its leadership in motivating the whole airport community to fulfil this meaningful deed."

Since 2008 HKIA has conducted carbon audits covering facilities on the airport island. In 2010 the airport community set a goal of lowering HKIA's carbon intensity by 25% by 2015 compared to 2008 emission levels. In 2012 it took an even more significant step forward by pledging to operate the greenest airport in the world, the first commitment of its kind worldwide. The airport community has completed more than 370 green measures in pursuit of these goals.

In 2011 AAHK began an annual review of HKIA's environmental performance, setting new targets under a rolling three-year plan that adheres to the "three Rs" of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. AAHK is currently conducting the city's largest LED replacement project, which involves switching the airport’s traditional lighting in passenger terminal buildings with 100,000 LEDs by 2014. It is estimated this will save approximately 15 million kWh of electricity and reduce nearly 9,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. AAHK also possesses the largest fleet of electric saloon vehicles in Hong Kong.

AAHK continues to devise and implement innovative programmes with its business partners. Other plans of note include banning the use of aircraft Auxiliary Power Units when at parking stands in 2014; having an all-electric saloon fleet in the Airport Restricted Area by 2017; installing over 150 charging points for electric vehicles and ground service equipment; and replacing 26 diesel vehicles with Euro V vehicles.

To offset the carbon emissions generated by the event, AAHK worked with Carboncare Asia to support the afforestation and reforestation projects on degraded lands in Northwest Sichuan.
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Aviation passenger fuel surcharges adjusted
Monday, March 25, 2013
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The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) today (March 25) approved the passenger fuel surcharges for the period from April 1 to 30.

The new maximum levels of fuel surcharges will be $254 for short-haul flights and $1,027 for long-haul flights, which represent increases of 5 per cent and 7 per cent from the current maximum levels for short 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 February when the maximum surcharge levels approved by the CAD were $242 for short-haul flights and $962 for long-haul flights.
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Air bridge collapses tearing door off Cathay Pacific plane, worker injured
April 8, 2013, 9:40 amYahoo!7


An air bridge collapsed at Chep Lap Kok in Hong Kong on Saturday evening, injuring an airport worker and tearing off the door of a Cathay Pacific flight, the South China Morning Post reports.

The rear air bridge at Gate 71 was attached to the Nagoya-bound Airbus A330 in Terminal 1 when it crashed onto its side, causing the front bridge to also fall, an Airport Authority spokeswoman said.

The crash happened after both passengers and crew had boarded the plane, however the 51-year-old bridge operator fell with the rear bridge.

Witnesses said they saw the injured man lying on the ground as Airport Security Unit officers performed first aid on him. Police said he had injuries to his limbs and that the man was taken conscious to Princess Margaret Hospital.


Former civil aviation director Peter Lok Kung-nam told the Post the plane might have started to push back earlier than it should have, or a gust of wind could have caused the incident. The Observatory said maximum wind speed at the airport on the day was around 20 km/h.

The CX532 flight had been was due to depart at 4.10pm on Saturday, but was rescheduled for 8.30am on Sunday. A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said the 262 passengers were provided with hotel rooms and meals.

The Airport Authority spokeswoman said the bridge was “faulty” and an investigation had commenced. In the meantime, all 48 rear air bridges at Terminal 1 were closed for inspection, she said.

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Freak smash rips off Cathay door
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Passengers on a Cathay Pacific flight had the fright of their lives when the door of a plane they had just boarded was ripped off by a falling boarding bridge.

The bridge then smashed into another bridge at Chek Lap Kok International Airport, injuring a technician.

The Airport Authority said the use of all rear bridges connected to the terminal will be suspended for further checks.

Flight CX532 was scheduled to leave Hong Kong for Nagoya, Japan, at 4.10pm from Gate 71 at Terminal 1.

However, the flight was delayed until 6.10pm due to an operational problem and it was then decided to use another aircraft.

After the 262 passengers had boarded the second plane, the boarding bridge suddenly collapsed, trapping a technician who was still on it.

The bridge, which was connected to the first class cabin, pulled away from the aircraft and ripped off a plane door before slamming into the rear bridge connected to the economy class.

The 51-year-old technician, Yip Chun-po, an employee of Hong Kong Airport Services, suffered injuries to his head, waist and legs and was sent to Princess Margaret Hospital.

The boarding bridge landed on its side beside the aircraft with its wheels raised.

Firemen climbed into the damaged bridge in case others were inside.

All passengers were immediately taken off the aircraft and into the terminal building.

A witness said the plane was ready to move to the runway when the bridge collapsed. Li, a tourist going to the mainland, said
she was not worried until she saw photos of the collapsed bridge.

"It is ridiculous and crazy," she said. "I guess we will have to be careful."

Cheung, another tourist, said she is not scared and believed it was just an accident, adding: "I will take it calmly."

An Airport Authority spokeswoman said the collapse was due to a malfunction and that no passengers or aircraft crew members were on the bridge at the time.

A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said the A330 aircraft was slightly damaged and the flight has been rescheduled to 8.30am today.

She said affected passengers would be provided with hotel accommodation and meals.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of Mechanical Engineering professor Lo Kok-keung said such accidents are rare.

"Judging from the photos, the first possibility is that there was a force from the side toward the bridge that caused it to collapse," Lo said.

"Since the boarding bridge is secured with only its wheels sitting on the ground, an object traveling at 20 kilometers per hour can topple it."

He believed the boarding bridge to be six meters above the ground.

"The second possibility is that the frame support of the boarding bridge is aged. If this is the case, the airport should replace the frames of all the boarding bridges," he said.

As passengers must pass on a bridge before boarding an aircraft, bridges should be examined frequently, said Lo.
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Qantas Targets Hong Kong Approval for Budget Airline by Year End
Apr 9, 2013 9:33 AM GMT+0800
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Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN) expects to get approvals to start a budget carrier out of Hong Kong by the end of the year as Australia’s biggest airline seeks to tap travel demand in China with its low-fare unit Jetstar.

Jetstar Hong Kong, set up in partnership with China Eastern Airlines Corp. (670), will focus on flying to secondary Chinese cities, Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said in a Bloomberg Television interview at the Boao Forum in Hainan, southern China on April 7. The airline will have about 18 aircraft, he said.

The first Hong Kong-based budget airline will help Qantas challenge Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (293) for passengers in the financial hub as Joyce tries to turn around unprofitable international operations. Airlines in China carried 319 million people last year, a number Jetstar had previously predicted would more than double to 800 million by 2020.

“We’ve a successful model with Jetstar out of Singapore going into a lot of secondary cities in China and we think that’s where the focus of this expansion with China will go,” Joyce said. “The scale of such cities are massive, and there is huge population, and a huge potential to get people there.”

No budget carrier has a hub at Hong Kong Airport. Hong Kong Express, an affiliate of Hong Kong Airlines, has said it will convert to a low-cost model. Oasis Hong Kong Airlines Ltd., which operated budget long-haul flights, collapsed in 2008 after racking up losses of about HK$1 billion ($129 million) in less than two years.

Qantas and Singapore Airlines Ltd. (SIA) are among carriers that have started low-fare airlines to tap the boom in air travel amid economic growth in China, India and Southeast Asia. Singapore Airlines started Scoot and is the largest investor in Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd. (TGR) Scoot and Tiger both fly to China.

“China is a very important market for the group,” Joyce said. Qantas has expanded its China operations, he said.

Qantas said in February it reduced losses at its international unit by 65 percent in the six months ended December after dropping unprofitable routes and retiring older planes.
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With the latest jetbridge incident in Hong Kong and in todays world, I'm surprised there aren't more developments to automate the process. Not that automation doesn't have its incidents (United had problems with its over-the-wing jet bridges).
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Liquid cocaine in bag for first at airport
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Friday, April 05, 2013

Customs officers have foiled an attempt to smuggle in drugs and seized liquid cocaine valued at HK$4.14 million.

It is the third seizure of liquid cocaine by airport officers but the first in which vacuum-sealed bags were used to contain the smell.

A 46-year-old Argentinian will appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Court today charged with drug trafficking.

He was intercepted at around noon yesterday after he arrived from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The officers saw him acting suspiciously while waiting for his luggage and talking on the phone for a long time even though it did not seem to be turned on.

After collecting his things, he tried to disguise himself as a member of a tour group in order to leave the airport. The officers then stopped him and checked his bags.

They found the cocaine soaked in the linings of two jackets and two quilts.

Officers said they became suspicious as the quilts weighed 10 kilograms and gave off a strong smell.

The group head (Air Passenger and Apron) of the Airport Command, Ngan Hing-cheung, said it is the first time for customs officers to discover liquid cocaine in vacuum-sealed bags.

The bags would help cover the smell, increasing the difficulty in detecting the drugs, Ngan said.

He said the training of frontline staff will be strengthened, along with international intelligence exchanges in an attempt to prevent further cases involving liquid cocaine.

The arrested man, who claims to be a security guard, will be charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine.

The number of passengers arriving in Hong Kong each day is about 7,700, a 10 percent increase on last month.
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HKIA sets new records in daily passenger volume and aircraft movements in March
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HONG KONG, 21 April 2013 – Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) announced that Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) set new single-day records of approximately 200,000 passengers and 1,172 aircraft movements on 29 March, the first day of the Easter holiday, and saw passenger trips and flight movements grow significantly during the month. Passenger volume increased by 8% to 5 million and aircraft movements rose by 3.2% to 30,540 compared with March 2012, while cargo throughput decreased slightly by 2.2% to 360,000 tonnes.

The growth in passenger traffic in March was mainly driven by Hong Kong resident traffic, which registered an increase of 18% over the same month last year. Passenger traffic to/ from South East Asia and Mainland China outperformed other key regions.

The decline in cargo throughput last month was mainly attributed to the 7% year-on-year drop in exports. Imports recorded a slight decline while transshipments registered a 7% increase compared to the same month last year.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of AAHK, said, "The first quarter of 2013 ended with record-breaking traffic figures, and the fact that the airport broke its single-day record for passengers twice in two months is especially noteworthy. HKIA also welcomed Air Seychelles which inaugurated services three times a week from Mahe to Hong Kong via Abu Dhabi using A330-200 last month. Air Seychelles is the 107th airlines to serve HKIA.

"With the declared runway capacity of HKIA further increased to 64 flights per hour in the Summer Schedule, the average number of daily scheduled flights has reached 1,037. This level of activity is inevitably going to pose challenges particularly in respect of parking stands, but together with our business partners, we will continue to operate according to the highest safety standards and deliver world-class service for all our travellers."

In the first quarter of 2013, passenger traffic registered year-on-year growth of 5.2% to 14.3 million. Cargo volume increased 1.3% to 942,000 tonnes, while flight movements rose 3.9% to 88,495.

On a rolling 12-month basis, the airport handled a total of 57.2 million passengers, 4.04 million tonnes of cargo and 354,980 aircraft movements, representing yearly increases of 4.1%, 2.9% and 4.7% respectively.
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SCED's speech at Internet of Things Symposium
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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Following is the speech by the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, at the Internet of Things Symposium - Enabling Hong Kong as a Smart City today (April 17):

Hong Kong has what it takes to be an early adopter of the Internet of Things. Our telecommunication infrastructure is among the most sophisticated in the world, offering innovative and secure services at competitive prices. Our average peak Internet connection speed of 54.1 megabits per second is the fastest in the world. As of December 2012, we have over 16.4 million mobile service subscribers, representing a penetration rate of 229 per cent. Such advantages provide an ideal environment for connecting and interacting with all sorts of Internet-enabled devices, hence allowing the Internet of Things to flourish in Hong Kong in areas including transportation, logistics, health care, home automation, etc.

I would like to illustrate with some examples.

The Hong Kong International Airport, which is consistently named the world's best airport in recent years, is the pioneer in the world to adopt RFID technologies for baggage handling with significant improvements in operational efficiency. Each day, our airport tags 70,000 pieces of baggage from more than 100 airlines. The majority of the arrival baggage is delivered to owners within 20 minutes from aircraft landing. Such an advanced baggage handling system is a good example of a form of the Internet of Things connecting a large number of passengers, their flights and baggage movement.
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Aviation passenger fuel surcharges adjusted
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) today (April 24) approved the passenger fuel surcharges for the period from May 1 to 31.

The new maximum levels of fuel surcharges will be $214 for short-haul flights and $911 for long-haul flights, which represent a decrease of 16% and 11% from the current maximum levels for short 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/english/fuel_surcharge.htm).

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 March when the maximum surcharge levels approved by the CAD were $254 for short-haul flights and $1,027 for long-haul flights.
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I really like those night time pictures. The buildings in the background add another perspective to the pictures.
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Some aircraft from HKG I've seen lately...

Air Mauritius A330-200 (reg. 3B-NBM)

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Air Seychelles A330-200 (reg. A6-EYZ)

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China Eastern A330-300X, "www.people.cn" (reg. B-6126)

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Dragonair A330-300, "Serving you for 25 years" (reg. B-HYF)

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Time is running out on airport runways
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

An hourly record of 64 takeoffs and landings are expected at Hong Kong International this summer.

The high of 63 flights an hour was set earlier this year, and any new record is unlikely to last long.

Expect 68 takeoffs and landings every hour in 2015, says Airport Authority executive director Ng Chi-kee, in charge of airport operations. With the two runways near capacity of 1,200 flights a day, he adds, a third is vital.

Other highs are being recorded. A record went on March 29 when the airport handled 1,172 flights. That was the first day of the Easter holiday.

The outlook now is for an average of 1,037 flights daily from March 31 to October 27. Estimates a while back were for 350,000 flights in and out of Hong Kong International by 2015. But that number was reached last year.

The highs are being cited to back constant pushes for another runway.

An environmental impact assessment report is expected early next year, but even if that is accepted it will take 11 years for a third runway to be finished once a final go-ahead is given.
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