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Old April 20th, 2017, 02:38 PM   #5081
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Old April 23rd, 2017, 05:39 PM   #5083
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HKIA Records Significant Growth in Cargo Throughput in March
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(HONG KONG, 16 April 2017) – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded significant growth in cargo volume in March 2017. During the month, cargo traffic and flight movements recorded year-on-year increases of 17.8% to 433,000 tonnes and 0.5% to 35,250 respectively. Passenger volume dropped 2% to 5.9 million, compared to the same month last year.

The strong growth in cargo throughput was largely driven by exports, which recorded a robust 24% year-on-year increase. Imports and transshipments also experienced double-digit growth. Amongst the key trading regions, Europe and North America showed the most significant increases.

Hong Kong resident travel, the main factor behind the drop in passenger volume, registered a year-on-year decline of 11% as a result of the Easter holiday falling in March last year. Passenger traffic to and from Southeast Asia, Mainland China and Taiwan recorded the most significant drops. The number of visitors, however, showed year-on-year growth of 6%.

Vivian Cheung, Deputy Director, Airport Operations of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “In order to cope with the expected surge in travel over the Easter holidays, a total of over 90 extra flights will be arranged to various popular holiday destinations including Taipei, Seoul and Osaka. We have also prepared performances at the Meeters and Greeters Hall of the Arrivals Level to celebrate the festive season with passengers, featuring singing and dance shows from students and alumni of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ Extension and Continuing Education for Life.”

During the first three months of 2017, cargo volume at HKIA registered 11.5% year-on-year growth to 1.1 million tonnes. Passenger throughput and flight movements declined by 0.1% to 17.6 million and 1.1% to 101,800 respectively.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA has handled 70.5 million passengers, 4.6 million tonnes of cargo and 410,440 flight movements, representing year-on-year increases of 1.1%, 6.7% and 0.1% respectively.
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Old April 26th, 2017, 07:17 PM   #5084
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Old April 27th, 2017, 07:06 PM   #5085
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Hong Kong still works as a global aviation hub, former Cathay chief says
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The competitiveness of state-owned mainland airlines, Middle Eastern carriers and new ultra-long-haul flights bypassing Hong Kong will not stop the city attracting travellers, an aviation leader has said.

Tony Tyler, who was Cathay Pacific’s chief executive from 2007 to 2011, defended Hong Kong’s status as a premier international hub after warnings from Australian airline Qantas’ boss, Alan Joyce, about the changing landscape of air travel and the possibility that stronger competition would leave the city behind.

Tyler, 61, who led the International Air Transport Association for the past five years, said the underlying hub model worked.

“We’ve seen with Emirates it works. They’ve got such a strong network that they only need a couple of passengers from different routes to fill up another flight. The success of the Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong model is built on that,” Tyler said.

Explaining how hubs will evolve in the face of rival airports starting non-stop flights, he said: “Yes, you are going to lose share when another airport puts on a new non-stop flight, but then you find new demand – you’ve got growth going on all the time. If you are smart you are adding spokes to your new cities to generate new traffic flows.”

When Tyler was at Cathay Pacific, the airline launched flights to Milan. He said the route was borderline viable.

“It was instantly very successful and the passenger traffic was coming from places we didn’t expect,” he recalled.

Tyler said the secret to succeed as a hub was to stay competitive in cost and capacity.

His vote of confidence is upheld by new Civil Aviation Department figures showing the number of new flight applications to Hong Kong being rejected rose to 150 per day last year.

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Old May 7th, 2017, 04:49 PM   #5086
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Old May 9th, 2017, 09:18 PM   #5087
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Old May 12th, 2017, 11:36 AM   #5088
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An interesting development for the North Satellite Concourse.

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New bridge planned for Hong Kong airport so tall A380s can pass underneath
Airlines welcome proposal for walkway which would connect main airport building to an isolated terminal, saying it will further improve passenger experience at one of world’s most highly rated airports
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Boarding a bus to catch a plane at Hong Kong International Airport could soon be a thing of the past with plans afoot to build a bridge across the airfield.

Currently, any passengers travelling on flights from an isolated terminal called the North Satellite Concourse, must be ferried to or from the main airport building by a shuttle bus.

The Airport Authority has invited bids to build a structure linking the two buildings. The tender contract was expected to be issued in the third quarter of 2017 and construction would take at least two years.

Airlines have welcomed the proposal, saying it would further improve the passenger experience at one of the world’s most highly rated airports.
The proposed elevated walkway at Hong Kong airport has been specified to also accommodate retail facilities –in line with shopping revenues whichthat are a strategy that has proven a huge cash cow for the airport – as well as moving walkways, lifts and escalators.

Few details have been made public, though the bridge could cost at least HK$2 billion, based on previous creations and factoring inflation and higher construction costs locally.

A similar bridge at London’s Gatwick Airport, built in 2009, cost Ł110 million (HK$1.1 billion). It is the world’s biggest bridge inside an airport, at 94 metres long, 32 metres high – enough to give clearance to the Airbus A380 aircraft, the world’s largest passenger plane. Gatwick Airport said the bridge saves 55,000 transfer bus journeys a year.
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Old May 18th, 2017, 06:00 PM   #5089
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An interesting development for the North Satellite Concourse.
I doubt if the bridge really needs to be that high up. They can just discontinue using gate 15 for A380 and construct a bridge tall enough for A340/B777 etc.
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Old May 19th, 2017, 11:58 PM   #5090
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The first 2 seem to be for the Hong Kong Link Road section of the new bridge to Macau/Zhuhai, which requires reclamation of the airport island.



The rest are for the new underground APM depot.

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Old May 21st, 2017, 07:34 AM   #5091
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Hong Kong civil aviation regulator looks into allegation that Eva Air gave staff perks on Taipei flight
About a dozen air traffic controllers were allowed access to VIP lounge in Taipei airport and three were upgraded to business class while on a personal trip
May 20, 2017
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Hong Kong’s aviation authority is looking into allegations that some of its staff received preferential treatment from Taiwanese carrier Eva Air on a personal trip to Taipei.

Around a dozen Civil Aviation Department (CAD) staff benefited from free perks while flying with Eva Air. It is alleged that the civil servants informed the Taiwanese carrier beforehand of their government status to ensure they received the perks, according to a report published by the Oriental Daily News on Saturday.

Three members of the group, who were of a more senior rank, were upgraded to business class instead of economy on their flight on May 3. The entire group was allowed to use the VIP room at Taoyuan International Airport near Taipei on their arrival.

The CAD confirmed that 11 air traffic controllers were on a personal trip involving an exchange with Taiwanese counterparts.

Eva Air, which said there were 13 members, confirmed that it gave out perks to the staff. It noted that it had taken the initiative to upgrade the three passengers to business class and for the whole group to use VIP facilities so they could experience the company’s wide range of services.

The CAD said it was “seriously following up” the incident and stressed that civil servants had to abide by the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance and Civil Service Regulations. A spokeswoman said if any breaches were found it would take action according to appropriate procedures.

A case could be made that conflict of interest may be involved in offering perks to CAD staff when the department has the power to approve or reject airlines’ applications for lucrative take-off and landing slots at Hong Kong International Airport. However, the CAD spokeswoman took “issue” with this question.

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Old May 24th, 2017, 05:48 PM   #5092
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HKIA Records Steady Traffic Growth in April
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(HONG KONG, 21 May 2017) – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) saw steady growth in all three air traffic categories in April 2017. During the month, the airport handled 6.3 million passengers, registering year-on-year growth of 6%. Cargo volume and flight movements increased 8.9% and 3.1% to 398,000 tonnes and 34,740, respectively, compared to the same month last year.

Hong Kong residents’ travel, which recorded a tremendous 38% growth in April, was the main driver of the passenger growth. Passenger traffic to and from Japan recorded the most significant increases.

The continuing strong growth in cargo was largely attributed to a 14% year-on-year growth in exports. Amongst the key trading regions, North America and Europe increased most significantly in the month.

Combining March and April to even out the seasonal impact of the Easter holidays, passenger volume, cargo tonnage, and flight movements showed year-on-year growth of 1.9%, 13.4% and 1.8%, respectively.
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China Eastern plane slides off runway after landing at Hong Kong International Airport in downpour
Aircraft arriving from Nanjing veered off tarmac and came to stop on grass, closing north runway for almost two hours; bad weather affected about 700 flights
May 24, 2017
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A China Eastern Airlines plane carrying 141 passengers and crew slid off the runway at Hong Kong International Airport on Wednesday as torrential downpours lashed the city, triggering the first black rainstorm warning signal of the year.

Heavy rain flooded roads, felled trees, disrupted traffic and forced schools to close, while about 700 flights to and from the city were delayed or cancelled.
The Observatory said three warnings were issued within about eight hours, as more than 100 millimetres of rainfall was recorded in most parts of the city. At 6.40am, the amber rainstorm warning signal was issued. This was upgraded to red at 9.15am and to black, the highest level, at 11.30am. All the signals were lowered at 3pm as the rain eased off.

The Airport Authority said flight MU765 from Nanjing had landed and was taxiing on the north runway at around 10.50am when it veered off the tarmac and came to a halt on the grassy side.

“It eventually stopped with its nose wheel and the right-hand main landing gear rested on the grass area,”the Civil Aviation Department said, adding that it was being investigated as a “serious incident”.
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Glitch-prone Hong Kong air traffic control system needs regular reboots: report
Computer crash fears mean 53 of 70 workstations are rebooted every two weeks
May 28, 2017
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Aviation experts urged authorities to come up with long-term solutions for Hong Kong’s glitch-prone air traffic control system after it emerged that the set-up required regular reboots.

FactWire news agency revealed in a report on Sunday that 53 of 70 workstations for the new air traffic management system (ATMS) required a reboot every two weeks to prevent sluggish system operations. Manual hourly inspections of its subsystems were also required.

The new ATMS workstations integrate data concerning aviation, surveillance, detection and communication as well as show the situation within the region for air traffic controllers to manage flights.

FactWire obtained a manual about workstation restart schedules for ATMS workstations that was prepared by the Civil Aviation Department for the system’s maintenance staff.

Some workstations had been assigned a weekly restart, it was revealed, initiated from midnight to 7am local time – the least busy period for air traffic.
They need a long-term solution to tackle the root of the problem
Jeremy Tam Man-ho, lawmaker and pilot

Three workstations at the air traffic control centre and at least one at the control tower must be restarted daily.
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Old May 30th, 2017, 05:36 AM   #5096
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Service change: Fly Townsville to Hong Kong
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May 17, 2017

AIR Niugini will open up a one stop connection from Townsville to Hong Kong through a retimed service to Port Moresby effective from May 29.

Air Niugini’s service will now operate earlier, departing Townsville on Mondays at 12.10pm and arriving in Port Moresby at 2pm, allowing passengers to catch a connecting flight to Hong Kong at 3pm.

Inbound flights arrive in Townsville on Fridays.

The airline has launched a sale fare to promote the service, with return fares from $829 in low season and $1,200 in high season.

Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer Simon Foo said the airline would continue to offer competitive fares and packages plus a superb in-flight service to residents of North Queensland for travel beyond Port Moresby.

“Air Niugini operates to 14 exciting international destinations in Asia, Australia and the Pacific from our hub in Port Moresby,” he said.

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The Chinese airports snapping at Hong Kong’s heels
Increased demand is giving a boost to all five airports in Pearl River Delta region, but mainland hubs are growing more rapidly
June 1, 2017
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There was joy in the streets of Foshan’s backwater Gaoming district in mid-April when Guangdong Communist Party secretary Hu Chunhua affirmed plans to build an airport there by 2022.

The new, 35 billion yuan (US$5.1 billion) Pearl River Delta regional airport, designed to handle 30 million passengers a year, will be a key piece in the province’s ambitious plan to have 31 big and small airports by 2030. It will join the delta’s five existing key air hubs – Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai – to serve a dynamic area that’s home 66 million people and has an economy as big as South Korea’s.

While mainland China has many airports with few passengers – three-quarters of its 200-plus airports run at a loss – rapid growth in demand for passenger and cargo services in the delta is giving a boost to all five airports, with Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen accounting for the most traffic.

Concerns about excessive competition between the airports were unwarranted for now, said Law Cheung-kwok, head of the Aviation Policy and Research Centre at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, because the overall market was still growing.

“Passenger numbers can increase in a geometric ratio in the coming years ... fuelled by the strong demand of Chinese spenders for travel and the emerging Chinese consumer economy,” Law said, while adding that Hong Kong would see “fiercer” competition from mainland airports that were aggressively launching new long-haul flights.

Hong Kong’s role as an international air hub was once highly valued by Guangdong, which saw the city as its gateway to the outside world. High-value products from factories in the Pearl River Delta used to be trucked into Hong Kong before being flown to overseas markets, but the flow has been changing, especially since the launch of Guangzhou’s new airport in 2004 and Shenzhen’s in 2013.

Hong Kong International Airport, the leading airport in the region, handled 70.5 million passengers last year, up 2.9 per cent year on year. In comparison, Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport handled 59.7 million passengers, up 8.2 per cent. Shenzhen handled 42 million passengers, up 5.6 per cent, and Zhuhai handled 6.1 million, which represented annual growth of 30.2 per cent. A record 6.6 million passengers passed through Macau airport last year, up 13.7 per cent year on year.

The five major airports, all within 150km of each other, are all striving to expand. Guangzhou plans to add a fourth and a fifth runway by 2025 and Shenzhen has plans in place for a third. Hong Kong aims to open a third runway by 2023 to boost capacity to 100 million passengers a year.

Guangzhou’s existing Terminal 1 was only designed to handle 35 million passengers a year, but a second, bigger, terminal will open next year. Expected to handle around 45 million passengers a year by 2020, the new terminal is being built at a cost of about 19 billion yuan.

Shenzhen is also planning a new terminal, with passenger traffic at the four-year-old airport now just 3 million short of its 45 million capacity.

However, Zhuhai, billed as China’s biggest airport when it opened in 1995, has never come close to its 35 million passenger annual capacity.

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Air China flight nearly hits Lantau mountain
June 5, 2017
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An Air China passenger plane almost hit a mountain on Lantau Island on Sunday night when it deviated from its flight path after taking off from Hong Kong International Airport, it was revealed on Monday.

Images from aircraft tracking site Flightradar showed flight CA428 turning south towards Tai O village and the surrounding mountains at around 9.30pm, instead of continuing westwards along the normal route until it left the island.

An air control officer was forced to issue an immediate warning and set of directions to the pilot to correct the flight path.

The Airbus A320, with a seating capacity of 200, landed safely in China’s western city of Chengdu about two hours later.

It had been at 3,400 feet during the wrong turn. The peak nearby – the highest point on Lantau – is 3,066 feet. But according to Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam Man-ho, a licensed pilot, the minimum safe altitude for that area is 4,300 feet.
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Airport building plans taking off
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June 9, 2017



A new building will be built at the north of Terminal 1 as part of the airport expansion in line with construction of the third runway, according to a Legislative Council paper submitted by the Airport Authority.

The main construction work will begin soon, it said.

"With the continuous growth in demand and in anticipation of the planned closure of Terminal 2 for expansion in 2019, the core processing facilities in Terminal 1 will be expanded to provide additional processing capacity," the authority said in the paper.

The authority said an annex building will be built at the north of Terminal 1, while the east hall will be expanded and a new mixed-used building will be built at the existing Car Park 4 site.

This building will have more facilities, including 40 new check-in counters with self-service luggage drop facilities, two baggage claim belts, an early luggage storage facility, and other passenger facilities such as lost and found, food and beverage outlets, ticketing counters for cross-boundary land transport and seating.

The east hall of Terminal 1 will also be expanded to add more shops and seats to accommodate more passengers.

There will be additional seats in the food court, arrivals hall and the transfer area. A new caring corner for special needs passengers will also be provided, the two existing airline services desks will also be expanded.

More security facilities will also be added. There will be three more departure security screening channels, eight additional departure immigration counters and five additional e-channels at the North Departure Immigration Hall, while a new children's play zone and a roof garden will also be located at the hall.

The Car Park 4 site at Terminal 1 will also be expanded, where the new 12-floor mixed-used building will be built near the site.

Airport Preschool, Hong Kong International Aviation Academy, a community center for airport staff with a 500-seat food court, a sports hall, a gym, function rooms and a roof garden will be in the new building.

The authority is also planning to build a passenger corridor to link Terminal 1 and the North Satellite Concourse, named the Sky Bridge and it is expected to open in 2020.
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