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Old July 20th, 2015, 05:10 PM   #4761
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If the Australians want to have access to the HK Market in general (and to increase visitor numbers to HK and additional services from Australia to HK) then I suggest both Government should agree an Open Skies Deal between HK and Australia.

Likewise there is nothing stopping Jetstar from Australia (Cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Perth and Cairns) itself (Currently it only flies from Singapore, Tokyo and Osaka) and the application it made to the relevant authorities in relation to Jetstar HK did not say anything about wanting to fly from Australia to HK...
Jetstar's parent should have lobbied Canberra to lift restrictions imposed on HK-Oz traffic, but any Open Skies with 5th freedoms to fly from HK to other Asian points will probably require reciprocal concessions from Australia.
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Jetstar's parent should have lobbied Canberra to lift restrictions imposed on HK-Oz traffic
Cathay Pacific would likely want the same as well. So both airlines could agree on this point.

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but any Open Skies with 5th freedoms to fly from HK to other Asian points will probably require reciprocal concessions from Australia.
I would agree, that is likely to be the reason why Qantas has not pushed though such an agreement. Because it would mean that they would face increased competition from Cathay on their OZ-USA flights...
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Old July 28th, 2015, 04:49 AM   #4764
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Hong Kong airport set to install 'beacon' system to aid passengers
27 July 2015
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Hong Kong International Airport is set to introduce new "beacon" technology throughout the airport that allows facilities, stores and restaurants to "communicate" with passengers.

The new system, which has already been tested at the airport, identifies passengers when they enter the terminal and automatically passes specific information to their smartphones.

The Airport Authority confirmed the system would be put in place soon, but refused to comment further

Kevin O'Sullivan, lead engineer at SITA Lab, which is working on the technology with airports and airlines around the world, said: "Imagine that you get to the airport with the airport's app on your smartphone. The app knows that you've checked in, so it directs you to the security checkpoint with the shortest line.

"Once you're through, you've got time left, so the app will tell you what restaurants are close by and which ones are offering discounts. Once the airline knows what gate you'll be leaving from, you'll get a notification on your phone, and directions for the quickest way to that gate."

The system relies on small transmitters, called beacons, which would be strategically placed throughout the airport to relay immediate information to passengers' smartphones.
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Old July 29th, 2015, 07:29 PM   #4766
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Four mainland Chinese tourists jailed in Hong Kong for assaulting airport ground staff during flight delay
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Four mainland Chinese tourists who assaulted several ground crew at the Hong Kong International Airport yesterday following a lengthy delay pleaded guilty to common assault and today were sentenced to jail in a Hong Kong court.

Another of the six who were arrested in the early morning scuffle with seven airport staff members pleaded not guilty to the assault charge. The sixth pleaded guilty to a nuisance charge for pouring water on a staff member. The cases were heard at Tsuen Wan Court.

The fracas took place at about 2.30am yesterday, as 225 passengers waited for a Hong Kong Airlines flight to Beijing, which was supposed to have left at 8.30pm on Monday. The airline said yesterday the flight had been delayed “due to adverse weather and air traffic control in Beijing”. The court heard today the flight had been grounded at the behest of Shanghai’s air traffic control.
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Flights to Hong Kong on the way
31 July 2015
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THE Gold Coast is set for a new influx of cashed-up visitors with new direct flights to Hong Kong to be unveiled today.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones last night confirmed Hong Kong Airlines would begin a link with the Coast early next year.

“Hong Kong Airlines will operate its first Australian service in January 2016, marking the first direct route from Hong Kong to the Gold Coast with connections through to Cairns three times a week,” Ms Jones said.

The new flights would bring 5000 extra travellers and generate more than $10 million for the Queensland economy, she said.

“These seasonal services have been secured thanks to a partnership between Gold Coast Tourism, Gold Coast Airport, Cairns Airport and Tourism and Events Queensland.” It is understood today’s announcement, to be made by Gold Coast Airport and Gold Coast Tourism, will be the *culmination of months of talks to secure the new route.

It follows the announcement in May that Jewel developer Wanda Group would partner with Jetstar to secure direct flights between the Gold Coast and the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Those flights will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays from September 29. Gold Coast Tourism boss Paul Donovan, under pressure during a council meeting in May, said highly confidential negotiations for more direct flights to the region were ongoing.
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Four mainland Chinese tourists who assaulted several ground crew at the Hong Kong International Airport yesterday following a lengthy delay pleaded guilty to common assault and today were sentenced to jail in a Hong Kong court.
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The long delays and cancellations of mainland flights lead to understandable frustration and from time-to-time, unacceptable unruliness. The six mainlanders arrested at Hong Kong International Airport last week for bad behaviour while waiting for their plane to leave for Beijing were not going to get to their destination any sooner; as it is, they ended up in court with four being jailed for assault. But their antics revealed a gap between comprehension of the situation and reality. China's air routes have become so congested that a single event can throw schedules into disarray.

Transparency becomes important at such a time - airlines and authorities have to honestly explain delays. There is an added dimension with the People's Liberation Army controlling much of the nation's airspace. The 225 passengers on Hong Kong Airlines Flight 305 were told their 8.10pm departure was not able to take off on schedule due to "adverse weather and air traffic control in Beijing". Six hours later, with no further explanation being given, trouble broke out among those not satisfied with what they had been told; the plane eventually took off for the three-hour trip at 4.45am, 8 ½ hours late.

Mainland flights involving the most popular destinations, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, can often be delayed by a few hours. FlightStats, a US company that tracks global air travel, has determined that Chinese airports and airlines were the worst in the world for being on time last year. Among the 61 largest airports, the seven worst performers for on-time departures were all on the mainland, being Hangzhou's Xiaoshan at the bottom, followed by Shanghai's Hongqiao and Pudong, Shenzhen's Baoan, Guangzhou's Baiyun, Chongqing and Beijing Capital International.

Flight and passenger numbers are rapidly rising, leading to the prospect of longer delays. Airlines' record number of new plane deliveries and orders will only worsen the congestion and planned airports will not alleviate the problem. The solution lies in the PLA freeing up airspace, in new routes and better air traffic management, particularly by hiring more controllers.
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Air India issues notices to 8 commanders over flight delay
1 August 2015
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New Delhi, Aug. 1 -- Bleeding national carrier Air India (AI) has issued notices to eight senior Boeing 787 Dreamliner commanders after an international flight was delayed on July 29 for want of a captain.

Sources said the notices were issued after the July 29 Delhi-Hong Kong flight was delayed by over two hours as the airline scrambled to arrange for a captain.

"A number of captains were contacted to operate the flight but most expressed their inability on one pretext or the other," said a source.
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Qantas CEO decries 'blatant protectionism'
5 August 2015
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Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has lashed out at what he has described as blatant protectionism in Hong Kong after a recent decision to block Jetstar Hong Kong's bid to set up flying operations in the territory.

In signalling Qantas would walk away from its long-held ambitions to expand into one of Asia's financial capitals, Mr Joyce said on Tuesday one of the biggest threats for airlines operating in a global market was governments "penalising and taking away fair competition".

Despite Jetstar Hong Kong having majority local ownership and a Hong Kong chairman and chief executive, Mr Joyce said it had taken two years before the Chinese territory's government had ruled the budget airline did not qualify as a local carrier despite similarities to incumbents Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines.

"We had clearly made sure that [Jetstar] met all of the rules that apply in Hong Kong. If they applied to Cathay, Cathay would not be able to operate in Hong Kong today," he said at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit in Sydney.

"There was blatant application of the rules for Jetstar Hong Kong that did not apply to other carriers."

While Qantas and Jetstar Hong Kong's two other shareholders, China Eastern and Shun Tak, were yet to decide whether to appeal the decision, Mr Joyce indicated it was the end of the road for the budget airline in the Chinese territory. He said Qantas would not be investing any more money in it.

"When different rules are applied to different carriers in different ways, that's a distortion and shouldn't be allowed. We think it's a very dangerous call for competition in markets around the world."

Similarly, he said Virgin Australia and Tigerair would not qualify as Australian airlines if the same rules were applied in Australia.

While Qantas and Cathay are members of the oneworld marketing alliance, their relationship has been strained over the years. It struck a low during Jetstar Hong Kong's failed bid to set up operations in the former British colony. Cathay vigorously opposed the start-up, claiming it did not meet Hong Kong's principal place of business test.

Qantas is seeking regulatory approval for a deeper alliance with China Eastern on routes between Australia and China.
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Airfreight leader poised to fly high
10 August 2015
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Global conditions notwithstanding, Mark Whitehead, CEO of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals, expects business in the long term to take off for new heights. Sophie He reports

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl), the city's major independent cargo handler, expects business in 2015 to remain flat from 2014, due to the depressed European economy and slower growth on the Chinese mainland.

However, in the longer term, the air cargo industry will post robust growth, Mark Whitehead, chief executive of Hactl, told China Daily.

The theoretical capacity for Hactl is to handle 3.5 million tons of air cargo per year. But in 2014, since Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific moved to its self-handling terminal next door, Hactl lost some market share, handling about 1.8 million tons of air cargo.

Hactl, which bills itself as the only neutral air cargo terminal operator at Hong Kong International Airport, has about 40 percent share of the SAR's air cargo market, matched by Cathay Pacific, while the rest belongs to Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT), Whitehead said.

As for this year's performance, Whitehead expects it to be quite similar to that of 2014. "Air cargo is not growing at the moment, partly because Europe is so depressed," he said, adding that the slower economic growth on the mainland has also had an impact on Hactl.

The air cargo industry is directly linked with world trade, and any dip in the latter would have a direct impact on business, Whitehead explained. "Hong Kong is the world's largest air cargo airport, so we feel that impact very quickly. But it is a cyclical business, things go up and down, you just read the cycles and you react accordingly."

Despite facing a challenging external environment, Hactl has been consistent in launching initiatives to increase its competitiveness.

"We always have initiatives going on, air cargo is a very dynamic business. For example, we recently got ourselves certified under the World Health Organization (WHO) system for handling pharmaceutical products, which is all about being able to demonstrate the temperature control of the product the moment that it arrives and leaves the terminal," said Whitehead, emphasizing that Hactl is the first in Hong Kong to receive this accreditation. The WHO Good Distribution Practices annual surveillance audit and accreditation covers the provisions of handling, logistics and storage services for pharmaceuticals.

E-commerce in focus

He added that the focus of the industry is always shifting and one of the big things at the moment is the rapidly developing sector of e-commerce, so Hactl is actively looking at opportunities to handle more and more e-commerce products.

Products generated from e-commerce are different from the general air cargo, they come in as a lot of small packages, and Hactl also needs to modify its system to make sure it can handle this efficiently.

As consumers become wealthier, flying in perishables is also a noticeable trend in Hong Kong, as more and more food is ordered in by air, according to Whitehead.

"The demand for fresh sea food, live lobsters, live salmon and fresh vegetables is rising. We have to constantly maintain and upgrade our information technology (IT) system, which is why we have 120 IT specialists in the company." Hactl is capable of handling all kinds of cargo, whether dangerous goods or live animals or perishables, he asserted.

The past few months have seen Hactl launch several new products, one of which is a smart phone application for efficient goods movement, Whitehead said. Truck drivers who need to pick up cargo when they arrive at the airport can download the app, where they can be told which dock they need to go to.
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'Budget franchises in HK almost impossible after Jetstar denial'
12 August 2015
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The criteria for an airline to call Hong Kong home - advocated by the Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) in its denial of Jetstar's entry into the market - will diminish the prospect of foreign airlines establishing a foothold in Hong Kong, says aviation expert Law Cheung-kwok.

Jetstar Hong Kong first emerged in 2012 as a 50-50 joint venture between Qantas of Australia and China Eastern Airlines. The stakes were split equally between the two carriers and Shun Tak Holdings in 2013. Shun Tak secured a majority on the board following the appointment of new directors in early 2014.

But owing to a package of agreements and a corporate structure that ultimately put Jetstar in control of fleet disposal, fare levels, route planning and appointment of senior executives, the application was rejected on June 25. This was for failing the requirement of "having principal place of business in Hong Kong".

Hong Kong's Basic Law stipulates that only airlines having a "principal place of business" in the SAR are entitled to licenses. Although there are already six license holders, the constitutional threshold was not elaborated until the ATLA handed down its decision in June.

Apart from the locale of key corporate decisions, the ATLA said an airline registered in Hong Kong should be run free from restrictions which would hinder the Hong Kong licensee from competing fairly in the open market with other airlines. This includes its shareholders.

The Hong Kong Jetstar management will surrender the right to determine its network and fares to the Australian office. The relevant agreements provide no freedom for the venture to break ties with Jetstar.

An ATLA member, who did not want to be identified, dismissed the idea that the decision would become a handbook for future license applicants. While certain principles were based on statutes and common law cases, the decision was also based on the circumstances of the Jetstar venture, he said.

But Law Cheung-kwok, policy director at the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Aviation Policy and Research Center, said the decision would make it almost impossible for foreign budget franchises like Malaysia's Air Asia or Singapore's Tigerair to run similar ventures in Hong Kong in future.
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Hong Kong International Airport Midfield Concourse Making Good Progress
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(HONG KONG, 14 August 2015) – Jack So Chak-kwong, Chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), recently visited the Midfield Concourse of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) where he was briefed on the facility’s progress.

The Midfield Concourse is located to the west of Terminal 1 and between the two existing runways, which construction began in 2011. According to the current progress, it would commence operation at the end of this year. The development includes a five-storey Midfield Concourse with 20 parking stands, and an extended automated people mover system that connects to Terminal 1. Upon opening of the Midfield Concourse, HKIA will be able to serve an additional 10 million passengers every year and increase the ratio of passengers served by frontal stands.

Mr So said, “The Midfield Concourse can help meet HKIA’s increasing aviation demand in medium term. However, as the current two-runway system will meet its practical maximum capacity in one or two years, the airport urgently needs a Three-runway System to cater for its long-term need of passenger and cargo growth, as well as maintain Hong Kong’s status as an international and regional aviation hub.”
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HKIA Sees New Monthly Record for Passenger Throughput in July
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(HONG KONG, 16 August 2015) – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) marked a new monthly record in passenger throughput in July 2015. During the month, passenger volume rose by 6.6% to 6.0 million, while flight movements increased by 2.7% to 34,185, when compared to the same month last year. Cargo throughput experienced a 1.9% year-on-year drop to 363,000 tonnes.

The growth in passenger traffic in July was mainly driven by transfer/transit traffic and Hong Kong resident traffic, which registered 12% and 11% growth, respectively, over the same month last year. Passenger traffic to/from Southeast Asia and Japan recorded the most significant increases.

The decline in cargo throughput last month was driven mainly by a 5% year-on-year drop in transshipments. Exports declined by 1% compared to the same month last year. During the month, cargo throughput to/from Mainland China, Taiwan and Europe underperformed other key regions.

During the month, HKIA welcomed a new airline - Sky Lease Cargo, which began operating scheduled cargo flights to Miami twice a week with its Boeing 747 freighter from 16 July.

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For the first seven months of the year, HKIA has welcomed 39.5 million passengers, 2.46 million tonnes of cargo and 233,805 flight movements, marking year-on-year increases of 8.7%, 0.2% and 4.2%, respectively.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA has handled 66.5 million passengers, 4.38 million tonnes of cargo and 400,380 flight movements, recording year-on-year increases of 7.4%, 2.4% and 4.4%, respectively.
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China Eastern puts another nail in coffin of Jetstar Hong Kong
August 17, 2015
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Jetstar Hong Kong's future appears grim after shareholder China Eastern followed the lead of Qantas Airways and cut off financial support for the upstart carrier, but its board will wait until next month to make a final decision on whether to appeal against the rejection of its licence application by Hong Kong regulators.

In an announcement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, China Eastern said its board had approved a resolution authorising its management team to take charge of "the termination of the proposed establishment of Jetstar Hong Kong and its winding up".

"[China Eastern] will further communicate and negotiate in regard of the matter with the two other shareholders of Jetstar Hong Kong, Shun Tak Holdings and Qantas Airways," the Chinese carrier said.

Qantas, China Eastern and Shun Tak each held a one-third stake in Jetstar Hong Kong. Shun Tak has not yet announced how it will deal with its stake in Jetstar Hong Kong.

Jetstar Hong Kong chief executive Edward Lau last week said the airline startup's board was "continuing to assess all options" and would announce the next steps accordingly.

Jetstar Hong Kong has made many of its staff redundant, but it is understood a final call on its future is not expected until next month. If it decides to close, the carrier would need to sell any remaining assets, such as its sole A320 aircraft. Jetstar Hong Kong has already sold eight aircraft it had purchased for its planned launch.

Earlier this month, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the Australian airline would not invest any more funds in Jetstar Hong Kong.

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Jetstar HK’s final investor pulls out
26 August 2015
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Ill-fated budget airline that had dreams of opening up the skies over the city closes its doors as Shun Tak resolves to wind up carrier

It’s curtains for Jetstar Hong Kong as its last investor, Shun Tak Holdings, yesterday pulled out of the ill-fated budget airline following the footsteps of already departed China Eastern Airlines and Qantas Airways.

“After reviewing the decision and potential course of actions, the group has resolved not to further invest in the business of JHK and proposed to terminate its establishment and proceed with its winding-up,” said Shun Tak in its interim report to the stock exchange yesterday, ruling out any possibility of the conglomerate pursuing the project alone.

China Eastern, Qantas and Shun Tak each held a third of an airline that never received clearance to take-off.

Jetstar Hong Kong, whose fleet of nine new Airbus A320 planes dwindled to one by June in a prolonged regulatory wait, has sold its last plane to a Chinese leasing firm, sources told the South China Morning Post. The group did not respond to requests for comments on its operational status.
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