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Old August 22nd, 2013, 05:47 AM   #4361
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Passenger and Flight Movements Set New Monthly Records
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(HONG KONG, 18 August 2013) – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) continued its upward momentum of overall traffic growth in July 2013. Passenger throughput registered a year-on-year increase of 7.7% to 5.4 million, surpassing the previous record of 5.2 million set in August 2012. Flight movements reached 32,120 – up 7.5% compared to the same month last year – beating the previous record set in May 2013. Cargo volume was 341,000 tonnes, growing by 1.9% compared to the same month last year.

The growth in passenger traffic in July was mainly driven by Hong Kong resident traffic, which registered an increase of 14% over the same month last year. Passenger traffic to and from Mainland China and South East Asia outperformed other key regions.

Growth in July cargo throughput was mainly driven by a 5% year-on-year growth in exports. During the month, cargo throughput to and from North America outperformed other key regions.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, "It is encouraging to see HKIA achieving new records in monthly passenger volume and flight movements. Meanwhile, SkyPier has also set a new daily record on 8 August with 11,663 passengers. It showed that an increasing number of passengers has chosen our ferry services to travel between HKIA and the ports throughout the Pearl River Delta region, and that our combined air-sea transport services are enhancing HKIA’s competitiveness as a hub airport.

"In July, HKIA’s extensive flight destination network was further expanded with the launch of a twice-weekly service to Ordos, Inner Mongolia by Air China. A thrice-weekly Hong Kong-Tainan service was also introduced by China Airlines, providing more convenient travel to the Tainan and Chiayi regions of Taiwan,” Mr Hui added.

Over the first seven months of 2013, passenger traffic registered a year-on-year increase of 5.2% to 34.3 million. Cargo volume grew by 2% to 2.3 million tonnes, while flight movements increased by 5.5% to 212,790 over the same period last year.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 58.2 million passenger trips, 4.1 million tonnes of cargo and 362,685 aircraft movements, representing year-on-year growth of 4.4%, 3.5% and 5.4%, respectively.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 07:22 AM   #4363
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Budget airline lifts license hope with Pansy Ho move
26 August 2013
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Jetstar Hong Kong has appointed Pansy Ho Chiu- king to chair the aspiring budget carrier after its application for an airline license was gazetted.

The appointment of the Shun Tak Holdings (0242) managing director has boosted local representation on the carrier's board, a key step toward its launch, fixed for year-end. Shun Tak holds a 33.3 percent stake in Jetstar, as do Australia-based Qantas and China Eastern Airlines (0670). Jetstar Hong Kong chief executive Edward Lau Chung-wai said that Ho's appointment could speed up approval of the air operator's certificate that it applied for last July.

Jetstar aims to offer fares that are 50 percent cheaper than currently available.

Up to 1,000 jobs will be created, it said, including 600 positions locally, when the airline takes off.

Cathay Pacific (0293) has expressed doubts about Jetstar being able to comply with the Basic Law as only firms, majority owned by Hong Kong individuals and companies, can be granted a license.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 07:20 PM   #4366
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Cathay Pacific Says Jetstar Entry to Hurt Hong Kong Aviation
Aug 26, 2013 5:08 PM GMT+0800

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (293), seeking to bounce back from its lowest profit in at least 15 years, said allowing foreign airlines to share Hong Kong’s traffic rights would damage the city’s economy as a Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN) venture seeks to start a budget carrier.

Cathay will respond to the government within two weeks on an application by Jetstar Hong Kong to operate out of the city, the airline said in an e-mailed statement. The proposal of the new carrier, part owned by Qantas and China Eastern Airlines Corp. (670), was published in the local government gazette.

About half of Hong Kong’s traffic is controlled by Cathay and Asia’s biggest international carrier is seeking to defend that dominance while China’s economic growth slows. Jetstar Hong Kong in June sold a stake to a company founded by gambling tycoon Stanley Ho in a bid to win an operating license in the former British colony, where no budget airline has a base.

“Expecting Cathay to support Jetstar would be like turkeys voting for Christmas,” said Timothy Ross, a Singapore-based analyst at Credit Suisse Group AG. “In such a highly competitive industry as the airline sector, incumbents do their best to eliminate potential competition as early as possible.”

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Hong Kong’s Transport and Housing Bureau is currently reviewing the regime for designation of local carriers and expects to complete the process “in the next few months,” the authority said in an e-mailed statement today. The Bureau said in June it won’t process any application to start airlines in the city pending the completion of the review.

Under the current system, an applicant must seek an air operator’s certificate and an air transport license as well as the designation as a Hong Kong carrier, according to the Bureau’s statement. Jetstar Hong Kong’s application for the license was published on the gazette Aug. 23.

“Jetstar Hong Kong is a carrier that is a franchise of and controlled by Jetstar Australia and its parent, Qantas Airways,” Cathay said. Putting some of Hong Kong’s air-traffic rights “into the hands of a carrier that is controlled by a foreign airline would also be very damaging to the local aviation industry and the Hong Kong economy.”

According to Hong Kong’s basic law, the local government has the authority to issue licenses to airlines incorporated in Hong Kong and with the city as its principal place of business.

“Whilst we don’t take anything for granted, we are confident that Jetstar Hong Kong will meet all requirements including principal place of business,” Jetstar said in an e-mailed statement. “Vast majority of the future direct 600 staff members will be employed locally.”

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Cathay this month reported first-half profit that missed analyst estimates. The airline also named Ivan Chu as its next chief Executive. Chu, who has worked at Cathay for 29 years and has been chief operating officer since March 2011, will take over after annual results are announced in March.

Shares of Cathay fell 0.3 percent to close at HK$13.98 in Hong Kong. The stock has fallen 1.7 percent this year, compared with a 2.9 percent decline for the benchmark Hang Seng Index.

In June, Jetstar Hong Kong sold a 33.3 percent stake to Shun Tak Holdings (242), a company founded by Ho. Qantas and China Eastern Airlines hold 33.3 percent each of the proposed carrier. The venture also named Pansy Ho, managing director of Shun Tak and a daughter of Stanley Ho, as its chairman last week.

Jetstar Hong Kong said in June that it is “confident” of getting approvals before the end of this year.

No budget carrier has a hub at Hong Kong Airport. 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.
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Old August 29th, 2013, 04:47 AM   #4367
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Old August 29th, 2013, 08:38 AM   #4368
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US airports generally have more runways due to their use of smaller jets, which means more movements but relatively less passenger traffic.

Currently, the airport is not yet at capacity. The biggest obstacle to growth is not runway space, but airspace restrictions in China.

At this point, I think the Singaporeans should be more afraid of their hub role as Qantas just shifted their Europe hub to Dubai, while opening up a new LCC subsidiary in HK.
yeah that is US airports not Changi

Except not being at capacity is no excuse
one has to construct before capacity is used up not after- else it becomes to expensive- basic supply and demand

umm QF has not affect Changi Passenger growth too much
JetStar HK has not been approved and thus not established yet ( and JetStar will only weaken HK's position by occupying slots to already operated cities instead of launching new ones)

and the HK government is too weak to get China to do anything for them including clearing the aerospace

the 3rd runway report states flight landing slots will increase with the current air traffic restrictions of the third runway is built- considering the fact the Chinese government will not change it mind the only option is the third runway

SIN has common sense to know that once increases capacity before not after
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Old August 29th, 2013, 02:57 PM   #4369
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yeah that is US airports not Changi

Except not being at capacity is no excuse
one has to construct before capacity is used up not after- else it becomes to expensive- basic supply and demand

umm QF has not affect Changi Passenger growth too much
JetStar HK has not been approved and thus not established yet ( and JetStar will only weaken HK's position by occupying slots to already operated cities instead of launching new ones)

and the HK government is too weak to get China to do anything for them including clearing the aerospace

the 3rd runway report states flight landing slots will increase with the current air traffic restrictions of the third runway is built- considering the fact the Chinese government will not change it mind the only option is the third runway

SIN has common sense to know that once increases capacity before not after
Quite a lot of misconceptions in your response. HKIA is not at capacity at this point. All this talk about the 3rd runway is in anticipation of traffic reaching capacity in a number of years' time (2017). Their consultations now show they have the foresight to plan ahead. Good that they get all the comments and environmental assessments done now. It's very transparent and the Hong Kong people will not accept if the government decides to proceed without adequate consultation.

The China airspace issue is not something Hong Kong alone can tackle. It is something mainland carriers need to lobby in addition as well, if they have not already. Ultimately, the PLA has to decide how to do this, but the ripple effect is felt throughout the region. Any city in Asia that has flights to China will feel the effects of the airspace restrictions. The impact is not as acute for long-haul as those flights get priority.

Based on your logic, the introduction of LCC's in Singapore should have weakened Changi's position since they now occupy so many more slots that could otherwise be used to launch new routes?
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Old September 2nd, 2013, 05:07 AM   #4372
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Low-cost flights hit home
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Monday, September 02, 2013

Hongkongers can fly cheaper via mainland airports, which have seen a sharp rise in flights plying international routes, thanks partly to the region's burgeoning budget airlines sector.

Thousands of dollars can be saved if Hongkongers fly to the mainland first before boarding for their final destinations, a travel consultant said.

For example, one can save at least HK$2,700 by flying to Beijing and then to New York, instead of directly to the Big Apple.

Travel Expert (1235) said it gets a lot of inquiries on cheap deals and clients do not mind taking indirect flights or budget airlines - even if they have to spend more time at airports or in the air.

Mainland airports also offer direct flights to cities unavailable from Chek Lap Kok. These include EgyptAir's direct flights from both Beijing and Guangzhou to Cairo.

Those who fly from Hong Kong to the Egyptian capital have to change airlines somewhere in the Middle East.

The increasing number of international flights in the mainland means fewer mainlanders are using Hong Kong International Airport for transit.

A total of 120,000 tourists chose to fly from Guangzhou's Baiyun Airport directly to Australia and New Zealand in June and July via China Southern Airlines.

"Only 10percent of the Guangdong tourists chose to fly from Hong Kong to overseas countries, down from 50percent nine years back," the Yangcheng Evening News reported.

Last year, a total of 448,000 tourists stopped in Guangzhou before landing in Australia and New Zealand - more than double the number in 2010.

Baiyun Airport aims to catch up with HKIA by boosting total international airlines using the facility to 130 by 2015.

The rising number of budget airlines is also benefiting travelers. Even Jetstar, which has yet to get a license, said it will try to offer tickets 50percent lower than normal carriers.

Cathay Pacific is also offering cheap tickets through its Fanfare program.

AirAsia, one of the largest low-cost carriers, is promoting all-in fares of a single trip from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok, Phuket and Clark from HK$433.

Mainland authorities have pledged to boost support for budget airlines by launching preferential policies.

Li Jiaxiang, chairman of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, has said that even conventional carriers should learn from budget airlines to improve their operation efficiency.
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Injured flyers leave hospital
2 September 2013
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All five passengers treated in hospital in Hong Kong after their Thai Airways International (THAI) flight TG600 hit turbulence while descending to the island's Chek Lap Kok airport on Friday have now been discharged.

The injured passengers - one Thai woman, one Pakistani man, two Chinese women and one Chinese boy - were allowed to go home on Saturday, THAI president Sorajak Kasemsuvan said Sunday.

THAI had made travel arrangements for the passengers to reach their destinations, he said.

The airline had also received a report that two passengers on that flight were doctors who helped take care of the injured passengers after the incident, Mr Sorajak said.

Thirty passengers and 15 crew members were injured in the incident.

There were 500 passengers, two captians and 24 other crew members on board the A-380 flight.
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Cathay Pacific: Filed Formal Objections to Jetstar's Plan to Set up Airline in HK
5 September 2013
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HONG KONG--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) has filed a formal objection with Hong Kong's government against a plan by budget airline Jetstar to launch a low-fare service to be based in the city.

The objection comes as the city's de facto flag carrier faces intensifying competition on its home turf. Jetstar Hong Kong -- a joint venture between Qantas Airways Ltd.'s (QAN.AU) Jetstar Group, China Eastern Airlines Corp. (0670.HK) and Macau tycoon Stanley Ho's Shun Tak Holdings Ltd. (0242.HK) -- is seeking regulatory approval from the Hong Kong government to start flights by the end of this year.

Cathay Pacific and its China-focused unit Dragonair said in a statement Thursday that allowing Jetstar to operate out of Hong Kong would violate the city's Basic Law that requires Hong Kong's "designated airlines" to have their principal place of business in Hong Kong, with management and control exercised within the city.

Jetstar Hong Kong is a franchise of Jetstar in Australia and management control of the airline would rest in Australia, with Jetstar and Qantas Airways, Cathay Pacific said, citing previous statements by Jetstar and Qantas.

The approval of Jetstar's application would set "a dangerous precedent by granting control of Hong Kong's hard-negotiated sovereign air traffic rights to a carrier that is nothing more than a franchise operation controlled by a foreign airline," it said.

Jetstar Hong Kong's application for air rights is currently being processed by the Hong Kong government. In July 2012, it applied for an air operator's certificate from the Civil Aviation Department. The Hong Kong government hasn't indicated when it might make a decision on the application.

Jetstar and the Hong Kong government couldn't be immediately reached for comment.
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Cathay stirs up storm over Jetstar HK bid to take off
Budget airline's application for services in the city is challenged on the ground that it violates the Basic Law and is not a genuine local carrier
6 September 2013
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In a fresh attempt to stop a budget airline from taking off in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways said yesterday that it has filed an objection to Jetstar Hong Kong's application to run scheduled services in the city on the ground that it violates the Basic Law and is not a genuine local carrier.

Founded by Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines last year, Jetstar Hong Kong has been burnishing its local credentials of late to pre-empt just this kind of resistance. In June, Shun Tak took a 33 per cent stake in Jetstar Hong Kong and its managing director, Pansy Ho Chiu-king, was last month appointed chairwoman of the planned budget airline.

Without naming Shun Tak, Cathay said that having a Hong Kong-based shareholder did "not determine management control or principal place of business under the Basic Law".

"Any local franchise operation has local managers. This does not stop it from being controlled from overseas. Management control of the Jetstar Hong Kong franchise clearly rests in Australia," Cathay said.

Rejecting Cathay's assertion that Jetstar Hong Kong was controlled by a foreign airline, the budget carrier's chief executive Edward Lau said: "Jetstar Hong Kong is managed locally and we are confident of meeting all regulatory approvals, including principal place of business."

Dragonair, controlled by Cathay, also cast doubt on the Hong Kong International Airport's capacity to accommodate a new carrier.

"We do not believe that Jetstar's business model will make the best use of the remaining available slots at [the Hong Kong airport]. This is particularly important since the third runway at the airport, if approved, is not expected to be in operation before 2023," Dragonair said.

The Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA), part of the Transport and Housing Bureau, is responsible for granting licences for passenger airlines and freighters.

"The ATLA will consider applications for licences to operate scheduled air services and the related objections in accordance with the Air Transport (Licensing of Air Services) Regulations," a spokesman for the watchdog said.

In 2005, Cathay opposed the licence application by Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, saying the low-cost carrier had not obtained the required aircraft operator certificate. The ATLA rejected Cathay's objection.

And in 2002, before it took full ownership of Dragonair, Cathay engaged in a dogfight with Dragonair, trashing each other's licence applications.

Dragonair objected to Cathay's application to fly to three mainland cities while Cathay retaliated by opposing Dragonair's application for routes to five other Asian cities.
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Push for runway as criticism rejected
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

A third runway will be able to cope with heavier air traffic, the Civil Aviation Department says.

Its assistant director-general, Manuel Sum Siu-wah, rejected criticism that Heathrow Airport in London, which has two runways, can handle a maximum of more than 80 flights an hour while Hong Kong may manage only 68 flights an hour by 2015.

Capacity can be increased to 102 flights per hour if a third runway is built, according to a report by the Airport Authority.

Sum said Heathrow and Hong Kong airports are not comparable because of the mountainous terrain in the SAR.

"The obstacles around Heathrow Airport are all below 500 feet, while there are many high points surrounding the Hong Kong airport, all of them above 1,000 feet," Sum said.

He said a previous claim that the airport could reach a maximum of 80 flights, made in a 1991 consultation, was an ideal number assuming there were no terrain constraints.

Sum also said the "high wall" between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta is not the reason for Hong Kong being unable to handle more traffic, as certain altitudes have been set for Hong Kong and mainland aircraft.

"Since 2005, the transition altitude has been lowered from 15,700 feet to 12,800 feet from 11pm to 7am for aircraft to fly through," he said.

There was also criticism that flights are affected by restrictions on the mainland.

Sum said: "Though departure flights are occasionally affected by flow-control restrictions, the proportion is low."

The runway capacity has increased from 40 flights per hour in 1999 to 64 flights now.

It will reach maximum capacity of 68 by 2015.

There are about 1,200 departures and arrivals each day.
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