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Old April 18th, 2015, 06:17 AM   #4721
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Opponents of third runway are losing the argument and public support
Albert Cheng says to galvanise the Hong Kong people, activists must focus on the real reason the airport plan won't work - airspace issues
17 April 2015
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Since the Executive Council's decision last month to bypass the legislature to fund a third runway at Chek Lap Kok, concern groups have tried various tactics to derail the project. Their actions have so far failed to gain traction.

Several grass-roots bodies have launched signature campaigns. Others have demonstrated at Hong Kong International Airport. Yet, there is no sign of the protests snowballing into a mass movement similar to the one in January 2010, against the local section of the express rail link to Guangzhou, when legislators who voted in favour of the scheme had to be escorted by police to safety amid a sea of angry protesters.

The absence of popular support stems from the groups' failure to articulate why the runway is unacceptable. The arguments put forward by their leaders simply do not resonate with citizens.

In a recent newspaper article, activist Eddie Chu Hoi-dick said: "The overwhelming majority of Hong Kong citizens, while paying attention to the third runway controversy, have no intention at all to reflect on their way of life, which involves taking more and more frequent flights."

To follow through on his logic, the best solution to airport congestion is to fly less. This anti-development attitude may be popular within a small circle of "progressive" youths. Yet, it borders on the ridiculous and can hardly serve to galvanise support for their campaign.

Other activists insist it is unfair for the public to foot the bill. They argue that the airline companies should pay because they stand to benefit most. Taxes aside, airliners have to pay various fees and charges to park and use the airport facilities. It is unheard of for them to also be held financially responsible for the construction of terminals and runways.

If they were made to pay, would they then be given access to the new runway according to the amount of their respective contribution? Such ill-considered reasons against the third runway will only give more ammunition to those in support.

It is almost a foregone conclusion that Hong Kong needs a third runway in the long run and to build a new terminal immediately to provide more parking space. These facilities are indispensable for our future overall interests.

The crux of the issue is that the existing runways' capacity has yet to be maximised, due to the poor management of both the Airport Authority and the Civil Aviation Department.

It is far more than a matter of hardware. Issues like airspace congestion and lack of aviation-related specialists have yet to be resolved. Any attempt to build a third runway is doomed to be a waste of time, money and human resources, if such software problems persist.

A clear and credible articulation of the reasons for action is a prerequisite to mobilise people. The same applies to those who want the plan to go ahead. If the government and Airport Authority want a popular mandate, they need to redouble their efforts.

On Tuesday, Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung met the mainland's civil aviation chief in Beijing, during which the latter expressed support for the third runway. Cheung said the authorities in Macau, Hong Kong and the mainland would continue to work together to enact the airspace management agreement signed in 2007.

He did not furnish any details. He is effectively asking people to put blind faith in the authorities to come up with a consensus that will work for Hong Kong.

If the official parties were sincere about resolving the issue, they would have allowed Hong Kong greater access to the airspace in the Pearl River Delta, so we could handle more flights now. Presumably, the mainland authorities are procrastinating because they want to gain better leverage on our right to negotiate bilateral air services agreements, which is enshrined in the Basic Law.
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Old April 19th, 2015, 04:27 PM   #4722
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HCMC - Jetstar Pacific Airlines announced yesterday that it will commence Hanoi-Hong Kong service on September 7 to meet growing demand for air travel between the two places.

The low-cost carrier will use its 180-seat A320 aircraft to operate four weekly return flights between Noi Bai and Hong Kong international airports on Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The total flying time is around two hours.

Le Hong Ha, chief executive officer of Jetstar Pacific, said in a statement that the airline opens the new international route to serve passengers traveling between Vietnam and Hong Kong.

“This new route will support the growing demand for low fares of passengers who want to visit relatives and even business travelers, and will give a boost to tourism,” Ha said.
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Old April 20th, 2015, 04:39 PM   #4723
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HKIA Sets New Record for Monthly Flight Movements in March
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(HONG KONG, 19 April 2015) – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) set a new monthly record of 34,310 flight movements in March, growing by 5.7% compared to the same month last year. Monthly passengers also climbed significantly by 11.4% year-on-year to 5.74 million, while cargo volume recorded a drop of 8.2% to 364,000 tonnes.

The growth in March passenger traffic was driven by 18% year-on-year growth in transfer/transit traffic. Passenger traffic to/from North Asia and Southeast Asia recorded the most significant increases.

The decline in cargo throughput last month was mainly attributed to a 16% year-on-year drop in exports. Transshipments recorded a slight 1% decline, while imports registered a 2% increase compared to the same month last year. Traffic to / from North America outperformed other key regions during the month.

The airport also set a new daily record for flight movements on 3 April, with a total of 1,210 flight movements recorded on the day. The increase was due to additional flights during the Easter holiday travel peak.
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Old April 24th, 2015, 01:31 PM   #4724
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Ethiopian Airlines starts regular Addis Ababa-Narita service
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TOKYO, April 22 -- Ethiopian Airlines launched its first regular service linking the country's capital Addis Ababa with Narita via Hong Kong, with the first flight arriving at the airport near Tokyo on Wednesday evening.

The airline will offer three round trips a week between Addis Ababa and Narita on a Boeing 787 aircraft, which is scheduled to arrive at and depart from Narita airport every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The African airline has allowed passengers of All Nippon Airways Co. since last October to buy tickets on Ethiopian Airlines connecting flights under a code-share agreement.
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Old April 26th, 2015, 06:55 PM   #4725
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Old April 28th, 2015, 11:17 AM   #4726
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Old April 28th, 2015, 12:18 PM   #4727
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Old May 2nd, 2015, 07:46 AM   #4729
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Old May 8th, 2015, 03:16 PM   #4730
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Boston-HK flight seen as economic plus
7 May 2015
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Boston's first direct flight to Hong Kong will give the city a piece of the economic action in China, according to the Massachusetts Port Authority CEO.

"We want to make sure that we're reaching all of the different markets within China," CEO Thomas Glynn told China Daily. "China obviously is a huge country, so even with three (direct flights, Beijing and Shanghai being the other two), we'd like to have more than three, so that we're able to participate in the global economy that China is creating in the different regions of the country."

Cathay Pacific, the international flag carrier of Hong Kong, launched the four-times-a-week service on Sunday between Boston Logan International Airport and Hong Kong. Boston is now the airline's eighth North American gateway after Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver.

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has been steadily increasing the number of direct flights between Boston and Chinese cities. Prior to the new flight, Boston was the largest US-Hong Kong market without non-stop service.

The establishment of a Hong Kong route comes after Massport and Hainan Airlines launched a direct Boston-Beijing route in 2014, and announced that a direct Boston-Shanghai flight will begin in June.

"This is important, and obviously Hong Kong has been a center for finance and commerce for a long, long time," Glynn said.

"Very significantly, last night at the kickoff event, the chief elected official from Hong Kong flew in for the event, so it's significant on both the Hong Kong side as well as the Boston side."

Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung arrived in Boston on Tuesday for the flight-launch celebration. "We are strategically located on the East-West route, within five hours' flying time of half the world's population. And Hong Kong is the premier international gateway to China," he said during the dinner reception.

According to Massport figures, 56,000 passengers flew between Boston and Hong Kong between the second quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014.
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Old May 11th, 2015, 03:15 PM   #4731
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T2 to 'close for four years'
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Hong Kong International Airport's Terminal 2 which has been in operation for 13 years will be completely shut down for four years from 2019 as part of expansion work in preparation for the third runway.

The HK$2.8 billion Terminal 2 started operation in February 2002, serving 27 airlines.

An Airport Authority spokesman told Sing Tao Daily, sister paper of The Standard, that Terminal 2 is 90 percent full, with at least 80 shops and 20 restaurants. "It is nearly completely rented out."

But a source close to the authority said it will be "totally closed for expansion work for four years to carry out improvement work" if construction for the third runway starts as planned next year.

The expansion will include restructuring the main building of Terminal 2, and constructing two additional annex buildings.

According to the third runway system design announced earlier, Terminal 2 will be modified and expanded for providing a full-service processing terminal and construction of an associated road network.

The services will include handling arrivals, departures and transfers. And the two new annex buildings will be reserved for coach staging, car parking, loading and unloading bays, and a limousine lounge.
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Old May 18th, 2015, 02:41 PM   #4733
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HKIA Sets New Monthly Passenger Traffic Record in April
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HONG KONG, 17 May 2015 – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reported another record-breaking month in April. During the month, passenger volume rose 8.8% year-on-year to 5.8 million, surpassing the previous monthly record made in August last year. Aircraft movements increased by 3.1% to 33,725, while cargo volume dropped slightly by 0.7% compared to the same month last year to 360,000 tonnes.

The growth in passenger traffic in April was mainly due to 13% year-on-year growth in transfer/transit traffic and 12% growth in Hong Kong resident traffic. Passenger traffic to/from Southeast Asia and North Asia recorded the most significant increases.

The decline in cargo throughput last month was mainly attributed to a 5% year-on-year drop in transshipments. Imports and exports both registered a 1% increase compared to the same month last year. Traffic to/from North America outperformed other key regions in the month.

Henry Ma, General Manager, Market and Connectivity Development of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “We are pleased to share that AirAsia Zest began operations at HKIA earlier this month, providing four-times-a-week service to Manila. Etihad Airways will begin operating daily passenger flights to Abu Dhabi from mid-June, offering even greater convenience to travellers.”
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$180 passenger fee for third runway likely to be lowered
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Departing travelers from Hong Kong International Airport may now expect to pay less than the HK$180 first proposed to help meet the cost of a third runway.

"We are studying how to reduce the tax rate, and the result will be coming soon," outgoing Airport Authority chairman Vincent Lo Hong-sui said about the fee, which will be on top of the departure tax, at his farewell media party yesterday.

Lo takes over from Jack So Chak-kwong as chairman of the Trade Development Council on June 1.

The present cost for construction of the third runway is HK$141.5 billion, but taxpayers will not have to pitch in next year when construction begins.

The project will be funded by bank loans and bonds, the airport's operational surplus and dividends as well as the construction fee for airlines and passengers.
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More travel chaos expected as Hong Kong Airport Authority battles to clear backlog after rain storm
Twenty-five arriving and departing flights were cancelled and 694 delays reported in 24 hours of misery for travellers
Sunday, 24 May 2015
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The Airport Authority has warned of more flights delays as it attempts to clear a backlog of planes following Saturday’s red rainstorm warning that paralysed Chek Lap Kok throughout the day.

Last night, departing flights were held in parking stands and landed flights waited in the taxiway for up to two hours while arriving flights circled overhead and inbound aircraft were diverted. The airport had become “quite full”, an Airport Authority spokesman said.

Across 24 hours from midnight, 25 arriving and departing flights were cancelled, 694 delays reported and five diversions made, the operator said, in a situation that repeated Wednesday’s debacle.

A spokesman admitted the situation had become “very unpleasant [for passengers to wait for so long”.

“When there are delays or any inclement weather, there is a snowball effect that rolls on and on,” the spokesman said.

Squally thunderstorms halved the number planes able to depart as many more planes landed. At one point, as many as 37 planes were waiting for a gate in a one-minute period, the Post observed.

Delays built up as planes were unable vacate gates due to air traffic and weather restrictions, and lightning forced ground crews to abandon refueling, baggage, cargo and meal collections for safety reasons.
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Saturday, 30 May, 2015
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Punish travellers who lie about their health, Sars expert urges
As two Korean women who refused quarantine order are tracked down, an HKU microbiologist calls for tougher measures to keep the city safe



People who lie about their health when entering Hong Kong must face criminal prosecution to help keep the city safe from deadly outbreaks like Sars, an expert in infectious diseases says.

With the city on high alert yesterday over Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), two Korean women who had refused to go into quarantine after coming into contact with a man confirmed to have the deadly virus were tracked down.

On Friday the Korean man became China's first confirmed Mers case. He flew to Hong Kong on Tuesday after ignoring travel warnings and told a nurse who stopped him at a Chek Lap Kok health checkpoint that he felt fine, even though he had a fever.

The scare, which has left 18 people - including the two women - isolated in a camp near Sai Kung, centres on the 44-year-old Korean, who is now in hospital on the mainland after leaving Hong Kong on a bus. A further 17 people are under surveillance - six of them added yesterday.

Hong Kong does have laws against failing to declare a medical condition on arrival but no one has ever been successfully prosecuted.

University of Hong Kong microbiologist Dr Ho Pak-leung, who rose to prominence during the Sars outbreak in 2003, said: "One of the suggestions I have is that a person who makes a false declaration about their health status should be prosecuted."

Ho said it was not the first time someone had failed to declare their exposure history.

"There are at least two instances where patients subsequently confirmed to have H7N9 - one was treated in Tuen Mun Hospital and the other in Queen Mary Hospital - both lied to frontline staff [at border checkpoints] about their exposure to wet markets and chickens in mainland China," he said.

After leaving Chek Lap Kok airport, the infected man took a bus across the border to Huizhou the same day. He was moved yesterday to Guangzhou Number 8 People's Hospital, which dealt with Sar cases in 2003.
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New airport chief comes out fighting
30 May 2015
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Third runway vital for Hong Kong, says Jack So, as he vows to get the public on his side

Incoming Airport Authority chairman Jack So Chak-kwong has vowed to win public support for the controversial HK$141.5 billion third runway, while warning that Hong Kong will lose its status as an air transport hub if it is not built.

So, 70, will leave the Trade Development Council at the end of the month after almost eight years as chairman.

He admitted yesterday there were challenges surrounding the runway project, but these were not reasons to abandon it.

“I don’t understand why people are objecting to the building of the third runway. They talk about the environmental impact and they talk about the flight paths. They talk about the [cost of] HK$140 billion, how do you find the money and is it too much,” he said in interview with the South China Morning Post.

“All these are challenges that we have to overcome. But it does not mean these are reasons why we have to abandon the project.”

The Executive Council approved the runway in March, with construction possibly starting as early as next year despite unresolved issues about regional airspace.

So recalled facing a similar challenge when he became chairman and chief executive of the MTR Corporation in 1995.

“At that time I remember my first job was to fight for the airport railway. There were lots of objections to the airport railway, lots of objections to the Chek Lap Kok airport. Can you imagine if we were still at Kai Tak today?”

He said those opposed to the third runway should give valid reasons, adding that “even if it is reduced to HK$1 billion, they will still say it is too expensive”.

Asked what would happen if the runway was not built, he said: “Flights will go elsewhere, tourists and business investors will go to other cities. And Hong Kong will not just lose its lustre as an air transport hub but also the potential, the impetus, the locomotion to move forward its economy.”

The runway is expected to increase capacity from 68 aircraft movements an hour to 102.
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Hong Kong to scrutinise passengers from Seoul for Mers
2 June 2015
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Hong Kong health authorities will step up surveillance on visitors arriving from Seoul with flu-like symptoms after their South Korean counterparts failed to release a list of facilities where Middle East respiratory syndrome patients are being treated.

Centre for Health Protection Controller Dr Leung Ting-hung said yesterday if travellers from Seoul showed any symptoms such as fever, they would be treated as suspicious cases and tested for the deadly virus.

He said this was in line with arrangement for travellers coming into Hong Kong from the Middle East. The decision to step up monitoring was also due to the rising Mers caseload in Seoul.

"If we know the name of these medical institutions then we can tell Hongkongers to avoid these places," Leung said. Incoming travellers could be asked to declare whether they had visited any of the institutions recently. Leung said health officials had repeatedly asked South Korean authorities for such information, but to no avail.

Without such a list, there was no option but to step up surveillance on travellers from Seoul.

Leung's announcement came after the condition of China's first confirmed Mers patient improved to stable.
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