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Old February 21st, 2015, 11:00 AM   #4681
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LCQ3: PRD Region air traffic management
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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At present, where an aircraft taking off at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in Hong Kong needs to use the Mainland airspace, it must enter that airspace at a higher altitude, so as not to affect the safe operation of the aircraft taking off and landing at the airport in Shenzhen. Such altitude restriction (commonly known as the "sky wall") is 15 700 feet in the daytime. There are comments that the sky wall has indirectly rendered the number of aircraft movements of the two runways in Hong Kong unable to reach their designed capacity. On the other hand, the Airport Authority (AA) is planning to expand HKIA into a three-runway system. Some green groups and airport development concern groups have pointed out that the third runway of HKIA can operate effectively only if the Mainland authorities permit Hong Kong flights to use part of the lower airspace in Shenzhen. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) whether it has studied if the flight path arrangement for the proposed third runway complies with flight safety requirements, and if AA has gained a full understanding of the impact of the current busy traffic at the lower airspace in Shenzhen on the flight path arrangement for the third runway; if it has conducted such studies, of the outcome;

(b) whether it has discussed with the Mainland authorities the granting of permission for Hong Kong flights to use part of the airspace in Shenzhen; whether the authorities will take forward the construction of the third runway only after they have reached such an agreement with the Mainland authorities; and

(c) given the comment that as the airport in Shenzhen is expanding continuously and the number of aircraft movements at the airport has been increasing, the Mainland authorities may not be willing to permit Hong Kong flights to use part of their airspace, whether the authorities have studied if, under such circumstances, the expected maximum capacity of 102 movements per hour can be reached after the commissioning of the three-runway system; if the study outcome is in the negative, of the maximum runway capacity per hour that the three-runway system can reach?

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First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to explain the so-called "air wall". The term "air wall" generally refers to the boundary between adjacent airspaces. To ensure that aircraft in adjacent airspaces operate concurrently in a safe and efficient manner, an aircraft must reach a certain altitude before an air traffic control (ATC) unit may hand over the control in respect of that aircraft to another ATC unit. This is to ensure that aircraft drawing near each other from opposite direction in adjacent airspaces could avoid conflicts by flying at different altitudes. This air traffic management arrangement seeks to safeguard flight safety, and is commonly applied by busy airports all over the world, including those in London and New York. As regards runway capacity, including that of the 2RS of HKIA, it is subject to the time interval and space separation required between aircraft movements on safety consideration, and has no relationship with the aforesaid air traffic management arrangement.

Given the close proximity between Shenzhen Airport and HKIA and the fact that the two airports are separately managed by two ATC units in the Mainland and in Hong Kong, an aircraft departing from HKIA must reach the designated handover altitude of 15 700 feet before it can enter the Mainland's airspace, and an aircraft from the Mainland has to fly at the designated handover altitude of over 19 000 feet when it enters our airspace. After discussions between the two sides, the handover altitude has since 2005 been lowered to 12 800 feet for aircraft entering the Mainland airspace during specified non-peak hours at night (i.e. 11pm to 7am the next day). The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) will maintain close liaison with the Mainland ATC unit in this respect.

There are a number of airports in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region. Due to the robust economic growth, the air traffic in the region has become busier day by day. As early as in 2004, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the CAD of Hong Kong and the Civil Aviation Authority of Macao (CAAM) has set up a Tripartite Working Group (TWG) to formulate measures to improve the airspace structure and ATC arrangements in the PRD region to optimise the use of airspace and enhance safety. In 2007, the TWG drew up the "Pearl River Delta Region Air Traffic Management Planning and Implementation Plan (Version 2.0)" (the Plan), which clearly stipulated the short, medium and long term optimisation targets and measures to be achieved and implemented before 2020. The ultimate target of the Plan is to achieve joint airspace planning, use of common standards and harmonised flight procedure design for the air traffic in the region, thereby ensuring safe and efficient use of the airspace, for mutual benefits and a win-win situation to the three sides.

The Plan was drawn up by the three sides based on the safety standards promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. In addition, the future expansion needs of the airports within the PRD region, including the development of the 3RS of the HKIA, the three-runway planning of Bao'an Airport in Shenzhen and the five-runway planning of Baiyun Airport in Guangzhou were taken into account during the formulation of the Plan. The Plan is premised on the mutual co-operation and coordination among Hong Kong, the Mainland and Macau with a view to optimising the use of PRD airspace resources through adjustment of flight procedures and optimisation of ATC measures, therefore facilitating the future development of the airports in the region.

The CAD has been maintaining close liaison with the CAAC and the CAAM through the TWG to discuss the implementation of the measures set out in the 2007 Plan. At the moment, a number of improvement measures in the Plan have been implemented, including the establishment of peripheral flight paths in the PRD region, the addition of handover points and the adjustment of the Zhuhai airspace structure. To cope with the development of the 3RS of the HKIA, the CAD will continue to discuss with the ATC units in the Mainland and in Macau on the enhancement of flight procedures and ATC measures through the TWG.

In January this year, I visited the CAAC to discuss the collaboration of airspace matters between the Mainland and Hong Kong, with a view to expediting the implementation of the various enhancement measures set out in the 2007 Plan. The CAAC expressed interest in the development of the aviation industry of Hong Kong, and was supportive of the development of the 3RS. The CAAC also supported the ATC units of the two places to maintain liaison and co-operation.

CAD is discussing with the ATC units in the Mainland, with a view to convening the next tripartite meeting as soon as possible to deliberate the arrangements for full implementation of the enhancement measures set out in the Plan, as well as the specific issues to be dealt with during the implementation process. The planning objective of the 3RS is to gradually achieve a maximum capacity of 102 movements per hour after the commissioning of the 3RS, in line with the growth of demand for aviation services.
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Old February 21st, 2015, 06:07 PM   #4683
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Transaero Airlines Expands Services between Russia and China
19 February 2015
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Economy. Moscow . OREANDA-NEWS. Transaero Airlines will expand its air services between Russia and China in summer 2015 season. The airline's passengers will be able to take advantage of direct flights to China not only from Moscow but from St Petersburg as well.

Flights UN965/966 on the Moscow-Hong Kong route will be operated twice a week from Moscow Domodedovo airport starting from March 29 according to the following schedule (local time):

Departure from Moscow on Wednesdays and Sundays at 20.10, arriving in Hong Kong at 09.50 on the following day.

Departure from Hong Kong on Mondays and Thursdays at 12.35, arriving in Moscow at 17.30.

"Under the current macroeconomic conditions the company strives to effectively respond to the changing international air transportation market. Our objective is to increase sales through the company's own channels as well as to change the booking pattern both for the airline's new services and the traditional business and tourist services. And we've succeeded in doing this. We've seen a 35% increase in our own sales in January, and the booking pattern trends towards May. The expansion of the airline's flight programme to China meets the company's tasks to develop the promising international routes,"- said Olga Pleshakova, CEO Transaero Airlines.
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Old February 23rd, 2015, 07:31 PM   #4684
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Old February 24th, 2015, 08:36 AM   #4685
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Old February 24th, 2015, 05:14 PM   #4686
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Anger as crew conundrum delays flight 12 hours
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More than 100 passengers were hit with a 12-hour delay yesterday morning as a Jetstar Asia flight bound for Singapore was grounded due to "crewing requirements."

Originally scheduled to take off at 6.40am, Jetstar Asia only notified passengers on flight 3K694 at 4am the flight would be delayed until 6.55pm, with many passengers already arrived at Hong Kong airport.

While the budget carrier told passengers the delay was due to "operational reasons," a Jetstar Asia spokeswoman told The Standard the flight was delayed due to "crewing requirements," without elaborating further.

"Jetstar Asia has apologized to passengers for the delay on flight 3K694 due to depart Hong Kong for Singapore at 06.40 this morning due to crewing requirements. The flight is now scheduled to depart at 18.55 local time this evening," she said.
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Old February 25th, 2015, 07:18 PM   #4687
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Hong Kong Aims to Get Third Runway Ready by 2023 as Demand Soars
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February 25, 2015

Hong Kong, the world’s largest international air cargo airport, aims to start construction next year on a third runway that will open by 2023 as regional rivals step up efforts to capture growing passenger traffic and cargo demand in Asia.

The new facility will help Hong Kong International Airport boost capacity to 100 million passengers and 9 million tons of cargo a year by 2030, Financial Secretary John Tsang said in his budget speech today. The airport said it handled 63.4 million passengers and 4.38 million tons of cargo last year, both records.

“It is imperative for us to take forward the development of a three-runway system in order to meet our long-term air traffic demand and to maintain our status as an international and regional aviation center in the face of fierce competition from other airports in the region,” Tsang said in a prepared statement.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 01:12 PM   #4688
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Passengers hurt as parked plane goes for unexpected ride
27 February 2015
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Four passengers on board a Thai Airways plane at Hong Kong airport were injured last night when the aircraft apparently rolled backwards out of its parking bay for 30 metres.

Flight TG608 from Phuket to Hong Kong had reportedly just parked up at 7.20pm and the ground crew was about to secure it in place with wheel chocks when the incident happened.

Police said airport staff told officers that the four injured passengers had fallen over when the plane began moving again.

A 37-year-old mainland woman was taken to North Lantau Hospital with neck injuries. She was later transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital, Kwai Chung.

An Airport Authority spokesman said a man and two women, aged 46 to 59, were also examined by medical staff but did not require hospital treatment for their injuries.

A figure for the number of passengers on the plane was unavailable last night.

An aircraft mechanic at Chek Lap Kok suggested the incident may have been the result of a misunderstanding between the pilots and the ground crew and was something he had only come across once or twice in his 30 years of service.

He said that usually after a plane was parked up the pilots would turn off the engines and apply the parking brake, before the ground crew applied the wheel chocks. Once the chocks were in position, the pilots would be notified and the parking brake released.
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 07:13 PM   #4689
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Airline adds to Hong Kong service
3 March 2015
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Air Niugini has announced that it will be adding a third weekly service to Hong Kong that will come into effect later this month.

Following a strong increase in passenger and cargo demand, Air Niugini said in a statement that its twice weekly services every Tuesdays and Saturday will increase to three weekly from March 29.

The airline said flights will be departing Port Moresby on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3:00pm and arriving in Hong Kong at 7:35pm. Return flights will depart Hong Kong on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings, arriving in Port Moresby the following morning.

It also stated that flights take six and a half hours, and are timed to provide convenient connections between Hong Kong and Air Niugini domestic destinations.
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Old March 4th, 2015, 06:12 PM   #4690
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When is the new terminal expected to open?
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Old March 5th, 2015, 01:44 AM   #4691
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Passengers hurt as parked plane goes for unexpected ride
27 February 2015
South China Morning Post Excerpt

Four passengers on board a Thai Airways plane at Hong Kong airport were injured last night when the aircraft apparently rolled backwards out of its parking bay for 30 metres.

Flight TG608 from Phuket to Hong Kong had reportedly just parked up at 7.20pm and the ground crew was about to secure it in place with wheel chocks when the incident happened.

Police said airport staff told officers that the four injured passengers had fallen over when the plane began moving again.

A 37-year-old mainland woman was taken to North Lantau Hospital with neck injuries. She was later transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital, Kwai Chung.

An Airport Authority spokesman said a man and two women, aged 46 to 59, were also examined by medical staff but did not require hospital treatment for their injuries.

A figure for the number of passengers on the plane was unavailable last night.

An aircraft mechanic at Chek Lap Kok suggested the incident may have been the result of a misunderstanding between the pilots and the ground crew and was something he had only come across once or twice in his 30 years of service.

He said that usually after a plane was parked up the pilots would turn off the engines and apply the parking brake, before the ground crew applied the wheel chocks. Once the chocks were in position, the pilots would be notified and the parking brake released.
It's obvisous the passengers have taken their seat belts off before the seatbelt light was switched off.
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When is the new terminal expected to open?
Which new terminal?
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Cathay Pacific fully supports construction of the third runway at Hong Hong International Airport
Airline believes the project can be self-funded
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09 Mar 2015

Cathay Pacific Airways today reiterated its unequivocal support for the building of a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). The airline believes this is the only viable way to ensure the long-term competitiveness of Hong Kong as a premier aviation hub to support tourism, international trade, logistics, finance and professional services.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu said: “There is an urgent need to move ahead with the third runway project as the airport is fast approaching its maximum runway capacity. It is certain that the airport will reach capacity well before a third runway could be built, which is of great concern when we are seeing increasing competition from other rapidly expanding hubs in the region.”

Regarding the funding of the third runway project, Cathay Pacific supports the views presented by Mr Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) at a lunchtime address in Hong Kong today.

Mr Tyler said that Hong Kong airport is a huge success and that IATA has long been an advocate of the need for a third runway. On the funding of this major project, he said there is ample scope for the airport to borrow the capital needed through bonds or commercial loans.

“Could a third runway be developed without increasing charges, without placing a burden on taxpayers, without making it more expensive for travellers, without adding an extra burden to shippers and while increasing the hub’s competitiveness? It’s an ambitious undertaking but I believe that the answer is yes,” he added.

Cathay Pacific believes the construction of the third runway can be self-funded through existing income streams, especially as the number of passengers moving through the airport continues to grow.
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HKIA Sees Robust Growth in Passenger and Cargo Volumes over the First Two Months of 2015
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(HONG KONG, 15 March 2015) – Air cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) registered remarkable growth of 10.3% to 659,000 tonnes during the first two months of the year. Robust growth was also seen in other traffic categories during the period, including passenger volume, which rose by 7.5% year on year to over 10.6 million, and flight movements, which climbed by 5.1% to 64,580.

The combined growth of passenger volume in January and February was mainly driven by 16% year-on-year growth in transfer/transit traffic and 8% year-on-year growth in Hong Kong resident traffic. Passenger traffic to/from Southeast Asia and North Asia recorded the most significant increases.

The combined growth of cargo throughput for the first two months was mainly attributed to 12% year-on-year growth in exports and 10% growth in transshipments. Traffic to/from North America and Southeast Asia increased most significantly compared to other key regions. Taking into consideration the fact that Chinese New Year fell in different calendar months in 2014 and 2015, the combined traffic figures for the first two months of the year provide a more realistic comparison with last year’s performance.

In February alone, cargo throughput saw sharp growth to 303,000 tonnes, up 22.6% compared to the same month last year. HKIA also handled 5.4 million passengers and 31,195 flight movements during the month, representing year-on-year increases of 13.6% and 8.5% respectively.

C K Ng, Executive Director, Airport Operations of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “Fuelled by the high demand during the Chinese New Year peak travel season, HKIA set a new daily passenger volume record of more than 228,000 on 23 February.
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Hong Kong Airport Proposes Levy After Third Runway Approved
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March 17, 2015

The Hong Kong government approved a third runway at the city’s international airport, pledging to fund the HK$141.5 billion ($18.2 billion) expansion through a mix of internal funds, external borrowings and higher user fees.

Airport Authority Hong Kong is proposing to levy a HK$180 additional fee on departing, non-transit passengers until the end of the construction, Chief Executive Officer Fred Lam said at a press briefing in Hong Kong today. It will also retain operational surpluses for a decade and halt annual dividend payments to the government, he said.

“The three-runway system is more than a transport infrastructure project, it is essential to keep our economy going,” Anthony Cheung, Hong Kong’s secretary for transport and housing, said at the same briefing.

Slated to open by 2023, the third runway would help Hong Kong compete with regional rivals seeking to benefit from growing passenger traffic and cargo demand in Asia, particularly China. Singapore recently announced plans to spend S$3 billion ($2.2 billion) to develop a fifth passenger terminal at Changi International Airport over the next decade.

The new facility would help Hong Kong International Airport, the world’s largest handler of air cargo, boost capacity to 100 million passengers and 9 million tons of cargo a year by 2030, Financial Secretary John Tsang said in his budget speech last month. The airport said it handled 63.4 million passengers and 4.38 million tons of cargo last year, both records.

The third runway would be situated to the north of the airport and would be used only for landing, because of safety reasons. It would raise the airport’s capacity to 102 flights per hour, Cheung said, from 68 now.
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