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Old November 4th, 2013, 04:54 AM   #4421
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Old November 8th, 2013, 03:59 AM   #4423
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What is the estimated time of completion for both projects?
From : http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/f...ent/index.html

Midfield Development

The AA is currently developing the Midfield. Once this is completed by the end of 2015, HKIA will be able to serve an additional ten million passengers a year.

From : http://www.threerunwaysystem.com/en/

In the planning phase, the Airport Authority will commission statutory Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies and study funding options. A number of approvals from the Government is needed before actual project implementation – land formation and construction of related facilities – can begin. The entire project is estimated to take about 11 years before the three-runway system is commissioned in 2023.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 07:28 AM   #4424
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Aviation authority may open flight school
1 November 2013
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The Civil Aviation Department is looking into the feasibility of setting up a flight training centre in Hong Kong, according to a key government think tank.

Chaired by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, the Economic Development Commission comprises 26 members and four working groups on transport, manufacturing, tourism and professional services. It was set up in January to explore ways to boost the city's economic growth.

The working group on transport has proposed a training centre be established to nurture young aviation talent in Hong Kong, said Chow Chung-kong, who headed the group.

"The Civil Aviation Department is conducting a feasibility study on the idea," said Chow, adding that scholarships and tuition fee cuts might also be ways to attract new talent to the industry. Chow said the city had the potential to develop itself as a centre of aircraft leasing.

Trade Development Council chairman Jack So Chak-kwong, who is convenor of the tourism working group, suggested turning part of the old Kai Tak Airport runway into a world-class tourist attraction. A global competition could be organised to collect design ideas, he said.

So also urged a thorough review of the city's capacity to deal with tourism.

"But before the review is done, we believe Hong Kong should not shut its door to any group of tourists," he said. While Leung said he was aware that tourist shopping activities had affected the daily lives of Hongkongers, he believed the city should work on increasing its capacity to deal with such visitors.

Building more hotels and attractions - especially in outlying areas - might relieve the pressure on the city centre, So said.
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Old November 12th, 2013, 04:39 AM   #4425
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Old November 14th, 2013, 04:07 AM   #4426
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Aviation center spreads wings
The Standard
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hong Kong Polytechnic University celebrated the opening of phase one of its Aviation Services Research Centre.

Cofounded by Boeing, the center is aimed at enhancing the SAR's position in maintenance, repair and overhaul and boosting development of aviation- related industries in the mainland.

"The center will further enhance Hong Kong's leading position as a world-class service provider of MRO [maintenance, repair and overhaul] and steer the development of aviation-related industries in China," PolyU president Timothy Tong Wai-cheung said.

University vice president Alex Wai Ping-kong said the center will work on the production, maintenance and repair of new aircraft materials, which will reduce the cost of operation and be good for the environment.

Boeing Research and Technology vice president and general manager Greg Hyslop said: "We will be looking for collaborative research projects in terms of technology that could immediately be applicable to MRO."

Wai added: "We will cooperate with Boeing to nurture engineers and other talented personnel to support the industry."

Meanwhile, PolyU has secured funding support from the Innovation and Technology Fund, and participation of key players such as Boeing, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co and Hong Kong Aero Engine Services for the center.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 02:23 PM   #4427
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Old November 19th, 2013, 03:58 AM   #4428
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Feud goes sky high
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A fierce feud broke out yesterday between the Airport Authority's two top guns during a board meeting on a site to be reserved for the driverless electric train system of the proposed third runway.

Authority chairman Marvin Cheung Kin-tung wants to use the temporary golf site at the northeastern tip of the airport as a depot of the train system.

But Vincent Lo Hong-sui, chairman of the authority's Infrastructural Planning Committee, or IPC, wants to relocate the depot to give more space for commercial development.

Things turned nasty at yesterday's board meeting, with Lo calling on the government to intervene.

The pair's differences of opinions actually surfaced in January when Lo, a strong supporter of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, was first appointed to the authority.

According to a source close to the authority, Lo and Cheung do not see eye to eye and often clash over issues.

The depot-relocation issue seems trivial but shows the bad feeling between the two rivals. The clash "shouldn't have reached their level," the source said, adding that it is "only too personal."

The situation points to a high-level management power struggle which first emerged after Lo verbally resigned as IPC chairman earlier this month. An authority spokesperson last night confirmed that Lo has verbally resigned but said a final decision has yet to be made.

Cheung was appointed board chairman by former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. His term was extended for one more
year and on October 25 the government announced that his chairmanship will be extended from June 2014 to June 2015.

During yesterday's meeting Lo had stopped Cheung just seconds before he was to endorse his plan for the depot.

Cheung claims that the third runway could be delayed for between three and 12 months if the depot has to be relocated.

He wants the golf course site to be used for various facilities - not only for the rail system but also for the airlines.

He says the depot for the driverless electric trains should be built underground.

There were rumors that the chief executive wants Lo to take over as board chairman and, according to a source, he acted as if he was already confirmed as the future chairman.

To the surprise of industry observers, Cheung's contract was extended for one more year.

The same day that the chairman's extension was announced, the authority's chief executive Stanley Hui Hon-chung also announced his resignation, with effect from next July.

Observers believe Hui's decision to call it quits was driven by the infighting at the top.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 02:34 PM   #4429
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When is the estimated start time for the third runway and the APM projects?
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Old November 19th, 2013, 04:25 PM   #4430
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When is the estimated start time for the third runway and the APM projects?
See post #1660.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 03:54 AM   #4431
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Airport top gun quits chair in row over site
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Vincent Lo Hong-sui confirmed yesterday he has resigned as chairman of the Airport Authority's Infrastructural Planning Committee because of a difference in views on the use of a site at the northeastern tip of the airport.
But Lo said he is still a member of the authority.

It had been suggested earlier he was a potential successor to authority chairman Marvin Cheung Kin-tung.

Cheung had suggested the site be used as a depot for a train system but Lo felt it would be better used for commercial purposes.

"Seeing its immense potential, I suggested developing it as a commercial center when the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge comes into use," Lo said.

He said consultant studies showed the depot could be relocated, though this could delay the environmental evaluation report by three to six months and increase the construction cost of the third runway.

In his resignation letter dated November 4, Lo wrote: "I apologize for not being able to chair the IPC meeting of November 1 to your satisfaction. The meeting, however, did bring out the differences on our views and approach to the land use issue for the Airport Authority."

Lo said he had reservations about the attitudes and competence of some senior management members.

"Your overwhelming stance and behavior at the meeting yesterday made me realize that it would not be possible for me to make a contribution to or perform in my role as chairman of IPC in an effective manner," Lo said in the letter.

He admitted having different views to management, "but I don't think all the management disagreed with me."

He said he resigned because he "doesn't want to block the way."

"I have known Cheung for a long time and respect him for his professional knowledge, experience and personality. We still talk to each other, even after the meeting yesterday. We hope to seek a better proposal."

He said Cheung tried to retain him, but Lo refused.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 07:21 AM   #4432
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Old November 21st, 2013, 03:52 AM   #4433
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Old November 25th, 2013, 02:47 PM   #4434
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post #1669 Wow! The airport is really amazing from that picture
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Old November 27th, 2013, 06:38 PM   #4435
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Hong Kong charts airport expansion ahead of capacity crunch
21 November 2013
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IN VIEW of a looming capacity constraint that is approaching faster than projected, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has embarked on a combination of mid- and long-term expansion strategies to cope with future demand.

"We are close to the movement ceiling," said Tommy Leung, general manager of projects at HKIA, during his presentation of the airport's development plans at the recent Association of Asia Pacific Airlines 57th Assembly of Presidents in Hong Kong.

"Our HKIA Master Plan 2030 predicted HKIA's two-runway system to reach saturation point between 2019 and 2022, but based on 2012 traffic volumes we are ahead of forecast by two to three years," he added, emphasising the need for the airport to speed up its expansion projects.

According to Leung, HKIA's annual passenger traffic has grown by close to 100 per cent to 56.6 million in 2012, up from 28.6 million in 1998 when the airport first opened. Likewise, air traffic movements per year have increased 115 per cent from 163,000 to 352,000 during the same period, he revealed.

In addition to the expansion of Terminal 2, due to complete by this year-end, HKIA has already started on the HK$10.2 billion (US$1.3 billion) midfield development project, which will see the airport island's last piece of land developed to include a 105,000m2 concourse and 20 parking stands by 2015, raising the airport's handling capacity by a further 10 million a year.

For the longer term, HKIA will adopt a three-runway system to accommodate 100 million passengers and 620,000 flight movements a year. A 3.8km third runway and passenger concourses with approximately 60 air bridges and apron to accommodate 100 parking stands will be built on a 650-hectare reclaimed land, which lies to the north of the existing 1,200-hectare airport island.

Both the automated people mover network and baggage handling system will be extended to connect the new concourses with the existing terminals and passenger facilities.

However, despite the proliferation of LCC terminals in Asia, Leung sees remote possibility in Hong Kong developing such a dedicated facility due to the city's severe land constraints. "Every inch of reclamation has to be justified. We're not like Singapore with land reserves," he said.
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"In addition to the expansion of Terminal 2, due to complete by this year-end, HKIA has already started on the HK$10.2 billion (US$1.3 billion) midfield development project, which will see the airport island's last piece of land developed to include a 105,000m2 concourse and 20 parking stands by 2015, raising the airport's handling capacity by a further 10 million a year."


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I was under the impression that the midfield development project would be completed in two phrases 2015/2020? If phrase 1 is 105,000m2 with 20 parking stands then how large is the whole project?

If the new concourses have 60 air bridges then approximately how large would the terminals be in terms of floor space? It sounds like the third runway and new concourses would have to be started asap.
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Seize moment for airport expansion
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Monday, December 09, 2013

The current debate surrounding the proposed third runway at Hong Kong International Airport has focused on the potential impact it will have on the environment. While environmental lobby groups, along with residents living near the airport, have raised valid concerns in terms of the potential impact on local ecology, noise disturbance and air quality, the overall need to have this third runway seems equally valid.

Not only is HKIA a major air transportation hub, it is also vital to the territory's continued prosperity as an economic powerhouse. It benefits everyone in Hong Kong, not just airline passengers or those who ship cargo.

The airport also generates vital benefits through connections created between cities and markets that enable foreign direct investment, business development and other spillover benefits that help Hong Kong thrive as a place to do business and to live.

Currently, aviation is worth HK$88.90 billion in the SAR, representing 5.5 percent of our GDP and this rises to 8.2 percent, if the sector's contribution to tourism is included.

UK-based Oxford Economics recently estimated that a 10 percent improvement in air transport connectivity, relative to GDP, would see a HK$1 billion per annum increase in GDP in the long run for the Hong Kong economy.

But at what price will these vital benefits come and at what expense to the environment?

Undoubtedly, aviation, like every other industry, has an environmental impact. It currently accounts for 2 percent of manmade greenhouse gas emissions globally. But it is also an industry which is fully committed to reducing this impact.

Airlines are investing heavily in the very latest technology.

Take, for instance, the Airbus A380 which is already serving Hong Kong.

It is one of the world's largest aircraft that is also the quietest. Also, new aircraft designs, including the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350-XWB, utilize advanced materials such as carbon fiber, making them lighter - reducing fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, by up to 28 percent, when compared to older generation aircraft.

Overall, today's aircraft are 70 percent more fuel efficient than the early jets and they have lower emissions. New aircraft are also progressively quieter than those in service even a decade ago. Indeed, through technological advancements, the industry has managed to reduce overall noise by 75 percent since the early 1960s.

Last October, aviation became the first global sector to have its post-2020 carbon dioxide emissions regulated by the United Nations - something the industry had been calling for since 2008. And back in 2009 it also pledged to have neutral carbon growth from 2020.

Airlines have been preparing for this fundamental change to their business, setting carbon dioxide reduction targets.

A case in point is Cathay Pacific, which has been one of the most aggressive in this area. In line with UN recommendations, Cathay aims for a 31 percent reduction in CO2/Revenue Tonne Kilometer, or a 2 percent average year-on-year fuel efficiency improvement.

Far from being the pariah that some have suggested, sustainability has become central to the industry's future and is playing its part in addressing one of the most pressing challenges of our time - global climate change.

For Hong Kong, there is much to consider. The airport environmental impact assessment will soon be published and the public debate will rightly focus on the importance of preserving our environment.

The Airport Authority Hong Kong must take the necessary steps required to ensure that any expansion should be undertaken in a way that minimizes overall environmental impact.

The key is "mitigation" and the authority must follow the recommendations of the report in terms of addressing major environmental issues.

But we must also ensure that we seize the opportunity to provide for a sustainable future for Hong Kong and recognize the vital importance that aviation plays in our economy and society.

Without a thriving aviation hub, our city will suffer. Without trade and investment, we will be unable to support initiatives that promote biodiversity, conservation and the environment. This will result in Hong Kong losing out to growing competition from emerging markets.

Rather than growth at any price, as some environmentalists believe to be the case regarding the third runway, we need responsible and sustainable growth that respects the environment and mitigates any potential adverse impact.

Expanding HKIA now will help to provide the necessary foundation to guarantee our future success and strengthen our position in the world economy - something that will ultimately be of benefit to all of us. Joe Ng is vice chairman, Board of Airline Representatives, Hong Kong
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Jetstar HK's hopes ride with Ho
6 December 2013
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QANTAS chief executive Alan Joyce says the airline is more confident of winning approval for the launch of Jetstar Hong Kong after Pansy Ho, daughter of casino magnate Stanley Ho, took over leading the negotiations with regulators.

Jetstar Hong Kong's application to get an air transport licence in Hong Kong as the city's only low-cost airline was gazetted in August but has yet to jump the regulatory hurdle amid strong opposition from incumbent airlines such as Cathay Pacific.

The low-cost joint venture was originally expected to begin operating in the middle of this year.

It is chaired by Ms Ho after the Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed Shun Tak Holdings, chaired by Mr Ho and run by Ms Ho, paid more than $60 million for its stake in the carrier in July. The other equal one-third shareholders in Jetstar Hong Kong are Qantas and China Eastern Airlines.

``We believe that in terms of our structure, the chairman, the board, the shareholding, the management, that we meet all of the requirements of the designation for a Hong Kong carrier,'' Mr Joyce said this week. ``We are working through the process. Pansy Ho is leading that and she is very comfortable where we stand.

``She is perceived very well in the local community in a number of different areas. She is taking the lead as chairman of this entity and I think that has made a big difference in terms of the approval process.''

Shun Tak is a leading Hong Kong and Macau ferry operator and tourism investment company. It previously had a stake in cargo airline Air Hong Kong.

Asked about Cathay Pacific's opposition to Jetstar Hong Kong's plans, Mr Joyce replied: ``Pansy summed it up well. She remembered when they had all of the casino business in Macau and they fought tooth and nail to stop other casino businesses getting licences.

``In hindsight it was the wrong thing because by encouraging all the others in, the whole business improved. It was a rising tide. She said it is the natural nature of these things. She was wrong in the case of the casinos. It (Jetstar Hong Kong) will stimulate demand that hasn't been there before.''

Nearly 70 per cent of Hong Kong residents surveyed earlier this year said they intended to travel on a low-cost carrier in the next 12 months despite LCCs representing only 6 per cent of all flights into and out of Hong Kong International Airport.

The research, conducted by the Public Opinion Program at the University of Hong Kong on behalf of Jetstar Hong Kong, also confirmed the ongoing appetite from local residents for more low-cost travel, with 84 per cent saying they would welcome more LCCs to the market.

Jetstar Hong Kong chief executive Edward Lau said at the time that the research indicated strong flow-on benefits of more low-cost carrier travel, with 81 per cent of respondents saying they would spend more on their hotel and holiday activity if they could save on the airfare.
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