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Old November 22nd, 2014, 08:07 PM   #4641
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 10:00 AM   #4643
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I see a viaduct being built. I'd like to be sure, is it a part of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge?
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 04:10 PM   #4644
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I see a viaduct being built. I'd like to be sure, is it a part of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge?
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Old November 24th, 2014, 08:18 PM   #4645
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Airport Authority Reports Satisfactory Interim Results and
Progresses Well on Projects to Meet Medium-Term Traffic Demands

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(HONG KONG, 24 November 2014) – Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) today announced its unaudited interim financial results for the six months ended 30 September 2014. Revenue increased 9.3% over the same period last year to HK$8,018 million.

In the first half of fiscal 2014/ 2015, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled a total of 32.1 million passengers, 2.19 million tonnes of cargo and 196,000 flight movements, representing year-on-year increases of 5.5%, 7.4% and 4.8% respectively.

Fred Lam, Chief Executive Officer of AAHK, said, “The satisfactory first-half results were due to steady growth in air traffic, prudent financial control over expenses and increasing passenger spending. Because air traffic volume at HKIA is growing at a faster-than-expected rate, we have been working on a number of projects, including the West Apron and the Midfield, to ensure that the airport is well equipped to meet its anticipated medium-term demand.”

Announced in 2012, the HK$2.2 billion West Apron development is designed to meet rising demand for aircraft parking spaces due to growing air traffic, continuous fleet expansions by airlines and the introduction of new types of aircraft. It is expected to be completed at the end of 2014, on schedule and within budget. It will offer 28 new parking stands, four of them serving new aircraft types with longer fuselages such as the A380 and B747-8.

The five-level Midfield Concourse, located west of Terminal 1, is a core part of HKIA’s Midfield Development. The concourse will be equipped with 20 new aircraft parking stands. Begun in 2011, the construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
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Old November 27th, 2014, 04:10 PM   #4646
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HKIA Midfield Development on Schedule for End-2015 Inauguration with
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(HONG KONG, 25 November 2014) – Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) announced that the Midfield Development at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reached a milestone today with the concourse’s topping-out ceremony, marking solid progress toward the project’s targeted completion by end-2015.

The ceremony was officiated by Professor Anthony Cheung, Secretary for Transport and Housing, Vincent Lo, Chairman of the AA and Fred Lam, Chief Executive Officer of the AA. Over 200 guests and business partners attended the event, which commemorated the topping-out of concrete structure of the building.

Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Cheung said, "Over the past decade, air traffic at HKIA had grown by 65%. Up to October this year, HKIA has reported year-on-year passenger and cargo growth of 5.6% and 6.4% respectively. These are most impressive figures much envied by some other international airports."

In his address, Mr Lo said, “The Midfield expansion will come just in time to help HKIA meet its faster-than-expected traffic growth. Last year we saw another record-breaking year for passenger volume and flight movements. With the completion of the new passenger concourse, HKIA will be able to serve an additional 10 million passengers a year."

Located west of Terminal 1, between the two existing runways, the 105,000-square-metre, five-level Midfield Concourse is a core part of HKIA’s Midfield Development. The concourse will be equipped with 20 new aircraft parking stands, and passengers will be able to access it from Terminal 1 via an extended automated people mover. Begun in 2011, the development’s construction is within a budget of more than HK$10 billion and has so far created over 2,000 jobs.

In line with the AA’s commitment to make HKIA one of the world’s greenest airports, the new Midfield Concourse is being built according to an environmentally friendly design with more than 35 green features across its construction and operational aspects. The facility will become one of the first buildings in Hong Kong to be certified with the BEAM Plus Gold Standard, an industry-wide environmental assessment scheme for buildings that is recognised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council. Low-energy lighting systems, high-performance glazing panels, solar shading and north-facing skylights have been incorporated in the building’s design, and the principles of reusing and recycling will be adopted in its day-to-day operations wherever possible.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 03:21 PM   #4647
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One stop to Hong Kong cuts hassle for Scotland’s fliers
2 December 2014
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Regional airline Flybe has unveiled another codeshare deal, giving north and north-east passengers bound for Hong Kong more choice.

Instead of flying through existing hubs such as London, Amsterdam or Paris, they can now also travel to HK on a through ticket – and without having to retrieve their luggage part-way through their journey – with Flybe and Cathay Pacific via Manchester.

The new codeshare comes into effect on Monday and will indirectly link Hong Kong with three Scottish airports – Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh – four days a week. Bookings can be made on the Cathay Pacific website or through travel agents.

Flybe chief commercial officer Paul Simmons said: “Our new codeshare agreement with Cathay Pacific is another exciting development.

“This new one stop to China service reinforces our commitment to provide one stop to the world connections for customers in the UK regions.”

Cathay Pacific chief operating officer Rupert Hogg added: “This new agreement comes at the perfect time as we will be launching a four-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Manchester on December 8. The code-share flights with Flybe will provide our passengers with greater choice and ease of connection to different cities within the UK from Hong Kong via Manchester.”
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Old December 5th, 2014, 04:29 PM   #4648
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Annual Aircraft Crash and Rescue Exercise Tests HKIA’s Emergency Preparedness
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(HONG KONG, 5 December 2014) – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) successfully conducted its annual aircraft crash and rescue exercise this morning, proving its readiness and effectiveness in handling contingencies. This is the first time that Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has staged a large-scale exercise at the West Apron area and used the recently-opened Western Airfield Tunnel for rescue purposes.

Over 500 representatives from more than 20 government departments and organisations took part in the exercise. Hong Kong Airlines was the participating airline this year; while around 250 volunteers from 10 organisations and universities were recruited to simulate passengers, meeters and greeters, as well as journalists.

Fred Lam, Chief Executive Officer of the AA, said, “The exercise aims to test and refine procedures in the event of emergency situations, allowing the AA, relevant government departments and the airport community to familiarise and respond more effectively and efficiently with contingency plans and coordination.” The exercise started at 0211 hours when a simulated arriving plane collided with a construction truck while taxiing to its assigned parking stand. The aircraft, with 110 passengers and crew members on board, experienced a portside engine fire after the collision.

As part of the exercise, the pilot of the plane immediately reported the incident to the air traffic control tower, which subsequently activated the crash alarm to alert all relevant parties. Relevant emergency rescue forces attended to the crash site, and the Airport Emergency Centre was activated to facilitate close communications and effective coordination. Following evacuation of passengers and crew members from the aircraft, a medical control officer and two emergency medical teams from participating hospitals were deployed to provide medical support at the accident site. The fire was promptly extinguished by the Fire Services Department.

A total of 64 simulated injuries and eight deaths were reported. Injured passengers and crew members were rescued and transported to five participating hospitals. The uninjured were sent to the Passenger Reception Centre for Immigration, Police and Customs clearance.
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How far along is the airport on developing its third runway? Have they started yet? When is it expected to be completed?
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Old December 7th, 2014, 05:52 AM   #4650
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How far along is the airport on developing its third runway? Have they started yet? When is it expected to be completed?
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Old December 7th, 2014, 01:33 PM   #4651
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Just a reminder that the new CX service HKG-MAN departs 01.00 Monday 8th Dec, and we certainly look forward to connecting the two cities.
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Old December 7th, 2014, 03:23 PM   #4652
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Jetstar Japan lanches international services
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Jetstar Japan, the largest domestic low cost carrier operating in Japan, has announced it will commence international operations, with the first route between Osaka’s Kansai International Airport and Hong Kong*.

Jetstar Japan will operate a service between Kansai (Osaka) and Hong Kong* from the 28th February 2015 with its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.

Jetstar Japan Chief Executive Officer Miyuki Suzuki said the announcement of international services was a major milestone in the growth of Jetstar Japan.

“The announcement of international services is a very positive next step in the evolution of our presence in Japan as the country’s largest low cost carrier,” Ms Suzuki said.

“Just like low fares have transformed how Japanese consumers travel domestically, we are excited to stimulate new travel demand to Japan from Hong Kong and provide our Japanese customers new international options.

“These services build on the international network of other Jetstar branded airlines operating to Japan.”

Jetstar Japan will operate a fleet of 20 A320 aircraft by the end of 2014 and currently services 11 domestic ports with more than 100 flights daily.
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Old December 15th, 2014, 06:32 AM   #4653
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Old December 15th, 2014, 05:44 PM   #4654
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HKIA Sets Monthly Record for Cargo in November
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(HONG KONG, 14 December 2014) – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) set a new monthly record for cargo tonnage throughput in November 2014. During the month, cargo volume rose by 5.5% year on year to reach 421,000 tonnes. Continued growth was also seen in other traffic categories during the month, in which HKIA handled 5.1 million passengers and 32,920 flight movements, registering growth of 5.4% and 4.0%, respectively, over the same period last year.

The growth in passenger traffic in November was mainly driven by a 12% year-on-year growth in transfer/transit traffic. Passenger traffic to/from North Asia and Mainland China recorded the most significant increases.

The growth in cargo throughput last month was driven by transshipments and exports, which were up 11% and 5% respectively from a year ago. During the month, cargo throughput to/from North America and Southeast Asia increased most significantly compared to other key regions.

Julia Yan, General Manager, Strategic Planning & Development of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “This is the first time HKIA has handled over 400,000 tonnes of cargo in a single month. This achievement further solidifies HKIA’s position as the world’s busiest cargo airport. Boosted by the seasonal surge in both cargo shipments and passenger traffic demand, we expect across-the-board growth in traffic volume to continue as we approach the end of the year, setting new annual records for all three traffic categories.”
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HKIA Reaches New Milestone, Welcomes 60 Millionth Passenger
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(HONG KONG, 18 December 2014) – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) today welcomed its 60 millionth passenger of the year in a commemoration ceremony, marking another significant milestone in traffic performance. Fuelled by strong air traffic demand, annual cargo volume and aircraft movements are also set to achieve new records this year.

The ceremony was officiated by Fred Lam, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), and Dr Peter Lam Kin-ngok, Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board, accompanied by various business partners from the airport community and related industry bodies.

Mr Fred Lam remarked at the ceremony, “We are very proud that HKIA is one of the very few airports in the world that ranks near the top in both passenger and cargo volumes. In only four years’ time, our passenger volume has surged 20% from 50 million in 2010 to a new milestone of 60 million today. Special thanks go to the over 65,000-strong airport community. Without their dedication and hard work, HKIA would never have been able to become one of the world’s busiest and finest airports.”

Also attending the ceremony, Dr Peter Lam said, “By happy coincidence, visitor arrivals to Hong Kong also hit a new record this year, reaching almost 60 million. As Hong Kong is facing fierce competition from other destinations in the region, the record achieved today is a reminder for all of us in the tourism trade that we must continue to innovate and come up with new experiences for our visitors. Hong Kong Tourism Board looks forward to working with the AA and other industry partners to continue to give our city’s visitors enjoyable experiences.”

At the ceremony, the 60 millionth passenger, Jeffrey Cheung, flying from Manchester to Hong Kong on 14 December, was presented with 48 welcome gifts with a total value of over HK$180,000 sponsored by a few long term airport business partners. The gifts include two roundtrip business-class air tickets sponsored by Cathay Pacific, merchandises from popular shopping categories amongst HKIA passengers sponsored by DFS, beauty products sponsored by the Estée Lauder Group, a dinner sponsored by Select Service Partner Hong Kong as well as HK$6,000 cash coupons from the AA.
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SAS plots cautious growth, dismisses Norwegian challenge
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SAS is also facing fresh pressure from Ryanair’s new Copenhagen base, but for the time being Gustafson is unconcerned. “They have moved from Malmo to Copenhagen, but if they expand further, that’s a different discussion.”

In 2015, SAS will cut its overall capacity by 1%-2%. “Long-haul will not be reduced. You will see this primarily on Scandinavia to Europe and on small domestic flows within Norway and Sweden.” Gustafson said intercontinental yields, both east- and west-bound, are “pretty stable.”

SAS is therefore adding a new 5X-weekly service between Stockholm and Hong Kong from September 2015. Announcing the new service at the release of SAS’ full-year results, Gustafson said this will be the first direct link between the cities. This takes SAS to nine new routes for 2015, after opening more than 50 routes during the year.
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Hong Kong's airport retains top Asian slot for international passenger traffic
2 January 2015
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Hong Kong has maintained its lead as Asia's busiest airport for international passenger traffic and also kept third place globally, figures from Airports Council International reveal.

The Gulf city of Dubai this year toppled London's Heathrow to become the busiest airport in the world for international passenger traffic.

Dubai's rise to the top is all the more impressive as its main airport coped with just a single runway for 80 days earlier in the year due to upgrades to both runways, forcing bosses to scale back flights to handle limited space for take-offs and landings. There was also a late slowdown in traffic to and from one important destination, trouble-hit Russia.

In Hong Kong, a debate is still raging over whether to build a third runway. At the same time, regional rival Singapore is accelerating the expansion of its Changi Airport, with plans to double the number of commercial runways to four, with five state-of-the-art terminals within two decades.

Airport Authority chief executive Fred Lam Tin-fuk said of the latest milestone: "We are very proud that [Hong Kong International Airport] is one of the very few airports in the world that ranks near the top in both passenger and cargo volumes."

Some 68.9 million passengers passed through Dubai International in the 12 months to September, surpassing Heathrow's 67.8 million as of December 22. The survey does not take into account domestic traffic.

Chek Lap Kok maintained third place overall with 61.8 million passengers visiting the airport. It is also on course to cement its place as the world's busiest airport measured by cargo volume.
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