daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Airports and Aviation > Airports

Airports discussions about existing airports



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


View Poll Results: Scale from 1 to 10, 10 being SUPER and 1 being BAD, what would you rate the Airport??
1 3 3.57%
2 0 0%
3 0 0%
4 0 0%
5 0 0%
6 1 1.19%
7 7 8.33%
8 9 10.71%
9 28 33.33%
10 36 42.86%
Voters: 84. You may not vote on this poll

Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old November 26th, 2004, 05:09 AM   #561
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Hong Kong port, airport show high increases in cargo handling for Oct. 04



Hong Kong’s container throughput handling from Jan-Oct this year has reached 18.4mn TEUs an increase of 9.1% over the same period last year. Some 11.112mn TEUs were handled at the Kwai Chung terminals for Jan-Oct 04, a rise of 10.9% over the same period last year. For the month of October, a total of 1.25mn TEUS were handled at the Kwai Chung terminals, a rise of 21.9% over Oct 03.

Meanwhile, the Shenzhen ports recorded a year-on-year growth of 28.9% for Jan-Oct 04, handling a total of 11.17mn TEUs for the period, according to the latest figures compiled by the Port Development Council from statistics of the Census & Statistics Department, the Marine Department, and the Hong Kong Shippers’ Council.

Meanwhile, for two months in a row, air cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has set new records. October figures grew by 14.6% over last year to 299,000 tonnes, representing a 7% increase over the previous record of 280,000 tonnes achieved in September. Robust cargo growth has been driven by continued strong demand for goods from North America, Europe and Mainland China. Exports (loaded cargo) rose to 195,000 tonnes, a gain of 16.1% over last year, while imports (unloaded cargo) grew by 11.8% to 104,000 tonnes. Both are all-time-high monthly records. Riding on the strong demand for air cargo services, total aircraft movements rose by 12.2% to 21,035, marking October the busiest month ever for aircraft movements at HKIA.

Air cargo throughput for the past 12 months rose to 3,042,000 tonnes, growing 17.3% over the corresponding period of last year.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old November 26th, 2004, 07:53 AM   #562
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Financial Times
November 26, 2004 Friday
Chinese airport challenge to Hong Kong
By ALEXANDRA HARNEY

A new international airport in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is negotiating with neighbouring hubs in Shenzhen and Zhuhai about forming equity alliances, underscoring its intensifying rivalry with Hong Kong.

Zhang Kejian, vice-president of Guangdong Airport Management Company, said talks about investment and other types of co-operation were under way.

The discussions come as talks between Hong Kong's airport and the same hubs have run into difficulties.

Hong Kong wants to take equity stakes in Shenzhen and Zhuhai, both located across the border in mainland China, to assuage investor concerns about competition from rival hubs before its planned 2006 privatisation. There are five airports in southern China's Pearl river delta, including Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

These talks first faltered over price and other issues several months ago, but even as talks continued there has been growing resistance from Shenzhen and Zhuhai.

Mr Zhang's comments indicate that this may be partly because of their parallel negotiations with Guangzhou, officially known as Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. The state-of-the-art Dollars 2.4bn (Euros 1.8bn, Pounds 1.3bn) hub, which opened in August, is expected to draw passenger and cargo traffic away from Hong Kong. It has capacity for 80m passengers and 2.5m tonnes of cargo a year.

Traditionally, Hong Kong, the world's busiest cargo hub, has dominated international cargo shipments and passenger travel out of the Pearl river delta, a wealthy area whose factories produce a third of China's exports.

"We are developing at the same time," Mr Zhang said of the region's airports.

Despite both airports' efforts to stress their common interests, the jostle for alliances highlights the shifting dynamics in the Pearl river delta.

In airports as in container ports, Hong Kong's long-held dominance is under threat from lower-cost facilities in mainland China.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 28th, 2004, 01:53 AM   #563
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Tradeport building on a on solid foundation
November 27, 2004
Hong Kong Standard Excerpt

Tradeport Hong Kong Limited set up business at Chek Lap Kok airport after winning a 25-year contract to build and operate a logistics centre.

Tradeport says it targets two kinds of client: manufacturers in need of space to temporarily store inventory such as parts and finished products, and freight forwarders.

The company's Hong Kong freight centre is 31,434 square metres, with an extra 9,000 sqm to follow. It stands opposite Cathay Pacific's headquarters.

Commenting on the company's interim results for the period to June 2004, part-owner China National Aviation Company said Tradeport's business activities "had grown significantly and became fully operational with several major logistics contracts being implemented''.

Tradeport has not so far revealed its share of the growing Hong Kong air freight market, which it shares with four other companies - Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl), Asia Airfreight Terminal, Airport Freight Forwarding Centre, and DHL's Express Cargo Terminal.

But both Hactl and Asia Airfreight reported freight handling increases of around 6 per cent last year.

The airport handled 2.64 million tonnes in 2003, according to Airport Authority figures, of which Hactl claims to have cornered the largest chunk with 1.99 million tonnes.

Industry analysts predict that air cargo through Hong Kong will grow by 6 per cent a year long-term, with express cargo business expected to rise by 13 per cent per year.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 28th, 2004, 05:54 PM   #564
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Full-scale drill tests HKIA’s preparedness in handling incidents
Airport Authority Press Release





(HONG KONG, 26 November 2004) - Emergency rescue procedures were fully tested at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) with a simulated aircraft crash at the sea off the west end of the North Runway.

The annual emergency exercise, codenamed Exercise CLK 2004, tested the responsiveness of the participating bodies and allowed participants to evaluate the adequacy of crisis procedures, personnel, communication and equipment in case of an aircraft crash.

The scenario involved an inbound A330 passenger plane, flight number BB1234, from Taipei crashing into the sea at 0705 hours off the west end of the north runway while landing on the north runway, breaking the fuselage into two sections. Rescue started immediately after the crash. Both runways were "closed" during the rescue, with the south runway and north runway reopened at 0900 and 0930 hours respectively. Fifteen arrival and sixteen departure flights were "cancelled" because of the rescue action which stood down at 0825 hours.

Rescuers hauled 143 passengers and 8 crew members from a major section of the fuselage. Thirty people were found "dead" during the rescue. Fifty-two passengers were "admitted” to hospital, 11 of them seriously.

The annual exercise is a mandatory aerodrome licensing requirement at HKIA. Various government departments including Fire Services Department, Airport Fire Contingent, Police, Civil Aviation Department, Information Services Department, Port Health Office, Hospital Authority, Immigration Department, Customs & Excise Department, Home Affairs Department, Auxiliary Medical Service, Government Flying Services, St John Ambulance, Raffles Medical Group and the Red Cross took part in the drill. The Airport Authority (AA) coordinated the exercise.

Dragonair is the participating airline which managed the family reception centre. Business partners and franchisees also participated or sent observers.

"Exercise CLK 2004 provides an opportunity for the AA and other government bodies and business partners to familiarize with and evaluate the handling procedures and communication during an aircraft incident," said AA Airport Management Director Howard Eng, adding, "Crisis management is an integral part of airport management. The annual exercise further sharpens the readiness of the airport community in the handling of crisis situation. "

"A comprehensive review of the simulated aircraft crash drill will be made with a view to further improving and enhancing the preparedness and response of all parties concerned," said Mr Eng.

Equipment mobilized included 22 Fire Services Department appliances and 15 police emergency vehicles. A Government Flying Services helicopter and nine ambulances took the "victims" to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, Yan Chai Hospital, Caritas Medical Centre and Tuen Mun Hospital.

The exercise began at 0705 hours and was stood down at 1125 hours. About 1,000 airport staff and volunteers participated in the exercise.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 29th, 2004, 04:13 AM   #565
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Means of evaluating airport remain up in the air
Chek Lap Kok's short-term growth prospects have clouded calculations of future returns

29 November 2004
South China Morning Post
Joseph Lo

As the operator of Chek Lap Kok, one of the world's busiest airports, the Airport Authority is acknowledged as having an extremely capable management team.

It has successfully bounced back from two crises - the September 11 terror attacks in 2001 and last year's Sars outbreak.

The government, intent on capitalising on the group's skill, is pushing forward with a partial privatisation of the airport operator by early 2006 - most likely through a sale of shares on the stock exchange, similar to that of the MTR Corporation's initial public offering in 2000.

Last week, it unveiled a long-awaited public consultation document, with which it will approach the local community and stakeholders - including airlines, commercial users, debt-holders and future shareholders in the airport - for the next three months.

For potential investors in the privatisation, the biggest issues will be valuation and its prospects for growth.

The document includes a proposal for the authority to set down charges for airlines for the three- to five-year period following the privatisation and the creation of an independent arbitration body in case airlines disagree with the airport's user-pricing decisions.

The paper also states that the airport's profitability has been poor over the past few years and there is a danger an IPO would be a disappointment, based on investor demands for better returns in the near term.

These points have angered airlines using Chek Lap Kok, who argue it would be counter-productive for the community if higher charges led to a slowdown in the airport's growth.

However, the government is justifying the IPO on the grounds that privatisation will return public funds for reuse in other projects, and will provide more transparency for stakeholders and better regulatory oversight.

Authority chief executive David Pang Ding-jung said: "The goal before and after privatisation does not change. We are here to make Hong Kong International Airport the regional centre of aviation."

So how will a valuation be determined to give a decent return for the government and IPO investors in the airport? Legislators and industry experts say they do not know and the government has not publicly committed itself to a figure.

Raymond Woo, corporate and infrastructure ratings director at Standard & Poor's, said current landing and terminal charges for the airports were "pretty stable {hellip} but not transparent".

"When we look at the authority, it's hard to factor in changes to charges. There is a strong growth profile, so we would expect that to continue. [Still,] there is an issue of needing to balance the interests of all parties involved," he said.

Legislator Fred Li Wah-ming said: "What figure exactly does the government consider is a reasonable return? They have to tell us that."

Airport returns have been spotty. In 2002-2003, the impact of Sars derailed the authority's profit growth trend, dropping its return on equity to less than 2 per cent. Had Sars not occurred, that figure would have been closer to 5 per cent, the authority said.

But this year, the authority's return on equity should handily exceed 5 per cent to 6 per cent, given the strong rebound in air traffic to better than pre-Sars levels and continued high demand for air freight.

At the present rate of growth, average returns of about 10 per cent should be attainable within five to 10 years, industry analysts said.

A Singapore-based consultant who advises airlines on airport charges said "that there is already profit at Chek Lap Kok is an amazing feat in itself".

"Returns are a matter of time {hellip} you need mature investors who understand that in five to 10 years, there will be good returns, but not three to five years," he said.

The principal assistant secretary for economic development and labour, Howard Lee Tat-chi, said financial advisers had told the government it would have to provide a framework outlining growth in its rate of return for the next three to five years.

"We have done some sensitivity analysis on the airport charges and its financial situation, to determine the return on equity needed to attract investors."

The conclusion was that IPO investors needed a promise of good returns within five years, rather than beyond, Mr Lee said.

"The government can say that 20 years is a fair time frame [but] the period for return is not something that we alone can dictate. If we decide to go for an IPO, it's for the market to decide," he said.

Tourism sector legislator and Cathay Pacific Airways general manager for government affairs Howard Young said that airlines were keeping a close eye on the proceedings, "although up to now, none have openly opposed" the privatisation proposal.

That may change soon, he said. "If the authority concentrated on getting more volume through Chek Lap Kok, rather than raising charges, then everyone wins."
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 29th, 2004, 05:50 PM   #566
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Monday November 29, 12:00 PM
Hundreds of bags delayed at Hong Kong airport after baggage sorting sensors malfunction

(AP) Hundreds of bags missed their flights at Hong Kong's airport after several baggage sorting sensors broke down, airport and airline officials said Monday.

The sensors, which direct luggage on conveyor belts at the airport, one of the world's busiest, were not operating between 3 p.m. (0700 GMT) and 4:30 p.m. (0830 GMT) on Sunday, and about 600 pieces of luggage didn't make their flights as a result, Airport Authority spokesman S.M. Tam said.

Tam said the cause of the breakdown is still being investigated.

But one of the affected airlines said the number of its bags that were delayed exceeded the amount provided by Tam.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. spokeswoman Carolyn Leung said at least 690 of the Hong Kong carrier's bags from 29 of its flights were left behind because of the malfunctioning sensors.

Asked about the discrepancy, Tam declined comment.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 29th, 2004, 09:47 PM   #567
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Drugs haul at airport
Dennis Ng, Hong Kong Standard
30 November 2004

Stricter inspections at the airport are forcing cocaine smuggling syndicates to find other routes into Hong Kong, Customs officials claim.

However, the total amount of cocaine seized in the territory has risen over the past three years.

On Sunday night, a 33-year-old Filipina was caught carrying 2.5 kilograms of the drug - worth about HK$2 million. It was the first seizure of cocaine at Chek Lap Kok this year.

"Syndicates may be choosing new routes to enter Hong Kong as they have noticed strict inspections here," Customs and Excise Airport Investigation Division Commander Wong Wing-wah said.

In 2002, five people were arrested and 7.25kg of cocaine seized at the airport. A total of 8.3kg was found that year, compared with 29kg in 2001.

Last year, seven people were arrested and 7.18kg of cocaine was found at the airport. Territory-wide seizures amounted to almost 9kg.

So far this year, 46kg of the drug has been seized, 32kg of it in a single raid in Mong Kok.

The detained woman, a former domestic worker in Taiwan, said she was offered US$2,000 (HK$15,600) to smuggle drugs from Rio de Janeiro via Paris. She will appear in Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Court today, charged with trafficking dangerous drugs.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 30th, 2004, 07:35 AM   #568
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

By LB27 @ HKADB :







__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 30th, 2004, 07:46 AM   #569
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Busy skies over the 'factory of the world'
Paloma Khan
29 November 2004
International Freighting Weekly

Lufthansa Cargo, British Airways World Cargo, UPS and FedEx are just some of the operators to increase frequencies to China, with more planning to follow suit next year.

FedEx opened a new Chinese HQ in Shanghai last month in response to the "explosive growth" in the market, says David Cunningham, president AsiaPacific.

"China has taken shape rapidly, but still has great capacity for growth, and much of this remains untapped. Air cargo figures from China are 10 times greater than a decade ago.

FedEx recorded a 52% increase in export volumes from China during Q2 of this year. It operates 23 weekly flights from the US to China, the most dedicated cargo flights between the two countries operated by any of the integrators, says Cunningham.

He has approached the US Department of Transport to consider awarding FedEx six more, including one to Guangzhou, hoping to gain a share of the 12 new slots awarded to the US last month.

"We are working on the best way to expand our hub operations in Asia. We have been holding discussions with the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Company and the relevant government officials." The integrator also has plans to open eight additional joint-venture branch offices in China between June next year and May 2006. Its ultimate goal is to add 100 new cities.

Lufthansa Cargo introduced a thrice-weekly freighter from Frankfurt to Guangzhou at the beginning of this month in a bid to be closer to the huge number of manufacturers operating in and around the city widely considered "the factory of the world". Previously goods would be trucked to Lufthansa's cargo hub at Hong Kong.

"We have actively been trying to expand our presence in southern China, particularly around the Pearl River Delta. If services take off the way we expect, we will add more frequencies next year, " says Frank Naeve, general manager sales, greater China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

"Business out of China is booming at the moment and we are seeing one of the biggest high seasons ever.

October is normally quiet and it looks likely to go on into next year." One of reasons he has such high hopes for next year is the abolition of textile quotas by the WTO from 1 January.

Previously, there was a ceiling placed on the value of textiles any one country could export. Financial analysts believe countries with competitive advantages, like low labour costs, natural resources and geographical proximity to importing countries, will at last be able to realise their export potential.

China is one country predicted to benefit from the change in rules. According to Chiedu Osawake, director of the textile division at the WTO, the combined value of China's textile and clothing exports was US$53bn ( t41bn) in 2001, $62bn ( t48bn) in 2002 and $73bn ( t56bn) last year.

Naeve hopes Lufthansa can win a share of any extra garment volumes. "There is an expectation of a boom in textiles from China because of volume and price ratio." Like every other airline, Lufthansa's trade is largely westbound from Asia, with European retailers stocking up for Christmas having a significant impact on cargo volumes, at times creating a capacity shortage. "Certainly it's tight from Shanghai and Hong Kong, but it's not as bad in Beijing, " says Naeve.

"Eastbound, the market is not as positive but we combat this by making additional stops – in the Middle East, for example, " he adds.

Despite the carrier's push into southern China, Hong Kong remains its major regional cargo hub, with 17 freighters a week between Hong Kong and Frankfurt, shared with Cathay Pacific.

Naeve is keen to point out that the new Guangzhou service is not taking cargo away from the Hong Kong flights and that there is still plenty of cargo for all Lufthansa's frequencies.

With five freighters from Shanghai to Frankfurt, and an additional four serving Shanghai and Beijing, in cooperation with Air China Cargo, the carrier has the market covered, but plans to continue expanding.

"We are not moving away from Hong Kong. We believe it will remain important, but we constantly look at new points to serve with freighters. We are looking at the next city to develop now. Our growth pattern is to serve new markets as well as cementing our position, " adds Naeve.

British Airways World Cargo saw a 20% increase in volumes last year, much of which was driven by an increase in freighter schedules. "Out of Hong Kong, we moved from five a week to seven during the second half of the year, " says Chris Chan, area manager operations and commercial for China/Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines.

BAWC also operates a weekly freighter from Shanghai, stopping at Mumbai and Delhi. "It is certainly performing up to the commitment put forward in the business case.

"The split between Shanghai and India is 80% and 20% respectively. We are seeing a lot of electronics and hi-tech components out of Shanghai and there is certainly a growth in garments.

"There is a general increase in cargo from the manufacturing areas around the Yangtze River Delta." BAWC serves southern China with bellyhold capacity on its 17 weekly passenger services out of Hong Kong, and northern China, with a four-times-a-week passenger service from Beijing.

Chan believes the Hong Kong market is strengthening. "It has gone through an economic reform and is more of a service industry.

"However, Hong Kong will continue to be the logistics centre for the Pearl River Delta because of its airline frequencies and also the seaport infrastructure, which will take a long time to recreate on the mainland."
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 30th, 2004, 08:29 AM   #570
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Guangzhou plans airport tie-ups to create south China hub
26 November 2004
Xinhua Financial Network (XFN) News

GUANGZHOU, China (XFN-ASIA) - Guangzhou wants to become southern China's air hub through a tie-up plan with other regional airports, said Zhang Kejian, vice-president of Guangdong Airport Management Corp which runs the city's Baiyun International Airport.

Zhang said he is in talks with airport bosses in nearby Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Macau.

"We want to be the hub airport of southern China," Zhang said. "We are exploring alliances with Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Macau airports ... we think that the most important thing is cooperation with other Chinese airports."

The announcement comes days after talks on a similar arrangement between Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Zhuhai effectively collapsed.

Hong Kong had hoped an alliance could have secured its prominence in the southern Chinese air market.

Failure to strike a deal with two of its strongest rivals on lucrative China routes is likely to deepen investor fears of rising competition before a planned listing of Hong Kong's airport in 2006.

Although Zhang would give no details of what form the alliance would take, he indicated it could involve the purchase of equity stakes in the other airports.

He added that while he hopes business at his airport will eclipse that of its southern rival, he has not ruled out other forms of cooperation with Hong Kong.

"We often negotiate with the other large airports -- Beijing and Shanghai included -- and we are also exchanging ideas with Hong Kong," he said.

The 2.4 bln usd Baiyun Airport, the largest in China, opened in August and immediately drew worried looks from Hong Kong airport, which has enjoyed primacy in the region for decades.

Zhang said that in its first three months of operation 6.1 mln passengers had passed through its gates, and it is well on the way to achieving its target of 27 mln passengers and 1 mln tons of cargo in its first year.

Hong Kong, which can handle 35 mln passengers and 3 mln tons of cargo per year, still has the advantage as China's aviation infrastructure struggles to modernize, according to logistics experts.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 30th, 2004, 03:23 PM   #571
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Monday November 29, 12:00 PM
Hundreds of bags delayed at Hong Kong airport after baggage sorting sensors malfunction

(AP) Hundreds of bags missed their flights at Hong Kong's airport after several baggage sorting sensors broke down, airport and airline officials said Monday.

The sensors, which direct luggage on conveyor belts at the airport, one of the world's busiest, were not operating between 3 p.m. (0700 GMT) and 4:30 p.m. (0830 GMT) on Sunday, and about 600 pieces of luggage didn't make their flights as a result, Airport Authority spokesman S.M. Tam said.

Tam said the cause of the breakdown is still being investigated.

But one of the affected airlines said the number of its bags that were delayed exceeded the amount provided by Tam.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. spokeswoman Carolyn Leung said at least 690 of the Hong Kong carrier's bags from 29 of its flights were left behind because of the malfunctioning sensors.

Asked about the discrepancy, Tam declined comment.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 30th, 2004, 06:41 PM   #572
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Rogue case strap unleashes, luggage chaos at airport
Simon Parry
30 November 2004
South China Morning Post

An investigation was under way yesterday into how 700 pieces of luggage were left behind at Hong Kong International Airport after a single suitcase strap brought the baggage handling system to a stop for 90 minutes.

Passengers on up to 46 outbound flights arrived at their destinations to find their luggage was still on its way from Hong Kong after the glitch on Sunday afternoon, the second at Chek Lap Kok in just over three months.

The chaos was caused by a loose strap hanging out of a suitcase as it went along a conveyor belt into the baggage handling hall at around 3pm, an Airport Authority spokesman said.

The loose strap smashed into an electronic sensor on a conveyor which sorts the luggage out into different destinations, halting the system until 4.30pm when the sensor was replaced.

The incident comes after more than 10,000 pieces of luggage were left behind and more than 30 flights delayed when the airport baggage-handling system broke down because of a computer glitch on August 23.

Airport Authority chairman Victor Fung Kwok-king promised afterwards to implement changes that would avoid a repeat of the incident and the authority spokesman stressed yesterday that Sunday's incident was unrelated.

"It is not the first time that we have had such an incident on the baggage handling system but the cause was entirely different to August," the spokesman said.

Airport authority officials and baggage handling contractors were yesterday continuing investigations and ground handlers have been reminded to ensure baggage is properly fastened.

All the luggage affected by Sunday's disruption had been forwarded to passengers at their destinations, the spokesman said.

The Airport Authority is expected to face compensation claims from airlines who footed the bill for forwarding the luggage to passengers' addresses.

After the August incident, the authority was estimated to be facing a claim running to millions of dollars for the cost of reuniting passengers with their luggage.

A new baggage-tracking system is being installed at Chek Lap Kok to improve security and handle luggage faster. The system, which uses radio frequencies to identify luggage destinations, will be the biggest of its kind in Asia and is expected to be in use next month.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 1st, 2004, 09:19 PM   #573
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

01 December 2004
Corporate Press Release
Harbin Flights Take Off December 18

Dragonair will launch a winter service for the third consecutive year to the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin on December 18.

Flights, which will operate every Saturday until February 19 next year, have been chartered for package tours by eight Hong Kong travel agents. However, additional services can be operated if there is demand.

"Harbin, with its world-famous Ice-Snow Festival, has proved popular over the last two winters with travellers," said Chief Operating Officer Andy Tung. "This year there's the added attraction of enjoying a two-centre holiday, seeing both Harbin and the coastal city of Dalian."

Travellers have the option of flying first to Harbin and back from Dalian or vice versa on an eight-day, seven-night package. Prices start from HK$4,599.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 2nd, 2004, 01:20 AM   #574
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Thursday December 2, 2:15 AM
Hong Kong seeks jurisdiction over crimes committed on all Hong Kong-bound planes

(AP) Hong Kong's government is seeking a legal amendment enabling it to prosecute unruly passengers on all planes bound for the territory.

Current law allows Hong Kong authorities to prosecute crimes committed on Hong Kong-controlled aircraft regardless of where they are located.

But the local government wants to expand its jurisdiction over crimes that involve unruly behavior to all planes that are destined for Hong Kong, the territory's Security Bureau said in a paper provided to lawmakers viewed Wednesday.

The amendment would define unruly behavior as acts including tampering with aircraft equipment, preventing crew members from performing their duties, as well as more serious offenses such as assault and sexual assault, the paper said.

Under the proposed changes, Hong Kong can only prosecute an unruly passenger on a non-Hong Kong-controlled plane if the commanding pilot of the plane hands him or her over to local police and requests prosecution exclusively in the territory.

The paper said other countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, and the United States have either passed or are considering similar measures.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 2nd, 2004, 05:19 AM   #575
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

The Independent
November 27, 2004
SLOW PROGRESS TO OZ

London Heathrow to Sydney is the most competitive air route in the world; more than a dozen airlines will take you between the two airports, though only two - British Airways and Qantas - offer same-plane service, via Singapore, Bangkok or Hong Kong.

From 7 December, Virgin Atlantic enters the fray by extending its existing London-Hong Kong service to Sydney. But the new entrant will be significantly slower than its rivals.

Virgin's evening departure is scheduled to take 22 hours 40 minutes outbound. But the Qantas flight that leaves 15 minutes later and lands en route at Bangkok is one hour faster. BA's services are nearly as quick.

The reasons: Virgin Atlantic's Airbus jets are slower than its rivals' Boeings, and the routing via Hong Kong involves a longer journey than transits at Singapore or Bangkok. The fastest flight of all, the morning departure on Qantas via Singapore, takes just
21 hours and five minutes; there is less "padding" of the schedules because the flight departs and arrives at quieter times for both airports.

Inbound, the journey takes longer because of the prevailing winds. Virgin's new service is scheduled for just 10 minutes short of a full day. Qantas flight one via Bangkok is nearly two hours faster - though Qantas flight nine from Sydney to London is routed via Melbourne and Singapore and takes nearly 26 hours.

If non-stop services were introduced, the London-Sydney flight would take about 19 hours outbound, 21 hours inbound. Although the new Airbus A340-500 has the range for such a flight, BA, Qantas and Virgin do not operate the jet. The fastest direct
UK-Australia link is the 19-hour Qantas flight from London to Perth.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 2nd, 2004, 07:58 PM   #576
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

HK Airport Awards $US257MLN Contract for 2ND Terminal

HONG KONG, Dec 2 Asia Pulse - The Airport Authority of Hong Kong (AA) has awarded a HK$2 billion ($US257.3 million) contract for the construction of a second airport terminal to the Chun Wo Fujita Joint Venture.

According to a statement, the contract for the project, known as SkyPlaza, is the largest single contract awarded by AA since the opening of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

The SkyPlaza development is located on the east side of the passenger terminal building.

It will serve as an additional facility (Terminal Two) and fusion point for multi-modal transportation for passengers travelling between the Pearl River Delta and HKIA, as well as providing retail, entertainment, dining and commercial office space.

A new land transport terminal, to be located in SkyPlaza, will significantly improve services for cross-boundary coach passengers. Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and security screening facilities will provide travelers with full check-in capability in the new building.

A People Mover System will connect SkyPlaza to the existing passenger terminal building. A separate contract has been awarded to Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. to provide the SkyPlaza People Mover system.

A contract for extending the People Mover tunnel to allow for a future direct connection between SkyPlaza and HKIAs ferry facilities on the airport island has also been awarded to the Chun Wo - Fujita Joint Venture.

When completed in 2006, the integrated SkyPlaza development will provide office space for business partners, as well as retail and entertainment areas for passengers, airport employees and the general public. The authority headquarters will also be housed in the complex.

Authority Chief Executive Officer Dr David J Pang said: "The construction of SkyPlaza marks a milestone for the development of HKIA. This fusion point will facilitate the movement of people between the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong and help bring economic activities and benefits to the territory."

Authority Commercial Director Mr Hans Bakker said that SkyPlaza was another exciting development designed to capture the vast growth potential at HKIA.

Other major growth projects include the AsiaWorld Expo exhibition centre and the expansion of the Asia Airfreight Terminal.

When work starts, the SkyPlaza site will be one of the largest construction sites in Hong Kong, employing up to 1,600 personnel during the construction phase.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 3rd, 2004, 05:32 AM   #577
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Booming delta demand creates airfreight record
With a significant part yet to go, airport operators are having their busiest year

Russell Barling
01 December 2004
South China Morning Post

Surging demand for high-value consumer goods made in the Pearl River Delta has already propelled both of the airport's air cargo terminals to new volume records, with four weeks left in what is expected to be an extended peak season.

Hongkong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl), the world's biggest handler of general air cargo, said yesterday it had eclipsed last year's record of 2.09 million tonnes, putting it on course to set a new global benchmark of 2.4 million tonnes this year.

"We broke the record late last week but we won't have a full account for a few days," said marketing director Warren Bishop.

Asia Airfreight Terminals (AAT), the airport's No2 handler, is on pace to move more than 525,000 tonnes through its facility this year, shattering its record of 458,656 tonnes, set last year.

While airfreight volumes are booming in all major markets this holiday season, industry executives say the demand for China-made products is particularly strong in Europe, where consumers continue to flex the buying power of the euro.

A senior executive from the DHL group said an acute shortage of capacity to the continent had pushed daily charter rates up to an unprecedented level of US$500,000 a day for Boeing 747s - the industry's workhorse - if you can find one.

"The demand for space is second only to 2002, when port workers in the United States were locked out. The shortage is critical and scheduled carriers are unable to fully supply the market," the executive said. "We estimate there is a couple of thousand tonnes of airfreight sitting in warehouses in Hong Kong waiting for lift."

Hactl's European volumes were up almost 30 per cent in the first 11 months. AAT's were up 22 per cent.

The euro has gained more than 9 per cent against the US dollar in the past three months but industry watchers believe several other factors are also making this year's peak season particularly robust.

Traditional wet-lease charter operators such as Atlas Worldwide Holdings have downsized their fleets, shedding older aircraft to gain operational efficiency and meet noise bylaws while the US-led invasion of Iraq has diverted some freighters to the Gulf.

Also, with quotas on mainland textiles set to expire on January 1 under the guidelines set as a condition to China's acceptance into the World Trade Organisation, some exporters are shipping their merchandise early.

Anthony Lau Siu-wing, chairman of listed small-cap Baltrans Holdings, said the quota deadline had been a factor this year but it was hard to know how big an impact it would have in the new year.

"We are heading for uncertainty in that regard," said Mr Lau.

"We don't whether the quota system will fully go away or whether the US and Europe will take other action."
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 3rd, 2004, 10:43 PM   #578
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

Friday December 3, 11:37 PM
UPS plans expansion into China but Hong Kong still its major hub

HONG KONG (AFP) - US logistics giant United Parcel Service (UPS) said that it plans a major expansion into China but Hong Kong will remain its major regional logistics hub.

"It's essential, it's extremely important," Ken Torok, company president for the Asia-Pacific Region, said, referring to Asia's rising economic giant.

He said the company will launch a service to southern Guangzhou city in April with six flights a week. A Shanghai hub is planned for 2007.

UPS said Thursday it will take full control of its international operations in China from its Hong Kong partner Sinotrans Air Transportation.

The 100 million dollar deal will see UPS take over operations covering Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Qingdao in January 2005 to be followed by another 18 additional locations by December 2005.

UPS shipments from China soared 129 percent year-on-year in the third quarter, compared with growth of 30 percent for the Asia region as a whole.

While Torok recognised the importance of raising the group's profile in China, he said Hong Kong's role as a major regional hub would not be threatened as it has good connections with Asia and the rest of the world.

"We don't see Hong Kong's role as a regional hub will diminish," he added.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 4th, 2004, 10:04 AM   #579
Zaqattaq
Registered User
 
Zaqattaq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Los Angeles, California
Posts: 3,015
Likes (Received): 76

CLK is a very nice facility but Kai Tak was so amazingly unique
Zaqattaq no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 5th, 2004, 12:06 AM   #580
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,960
Likes (Received): 18219

12/3/2004 Corporate Press Release
HONG KONG EXPRESS TO OPERATE FOUR EMBRAER 170S

Embraer announced today that startup airline Hong Kong Express Airways Ltd (HKE) will operate four EMBRAER 170 aircraft configured with 76 seats. HKE will be the launch customer for the EMBRAER 170, not only in China but also in the whole of Asia.

Three aircraft are scheduled for delivery to HKE in the second half of 2005 and one in the first half of 2006. These aircraft will be leased from General Electric Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).

HKE Chief Executive Officer Andrew Tse said: “The aircraft will be used to provide multiple daily services between Hong Kong and secondary cities in mainland China. In conjunction with the extensive air services to over 140 cities worldwide through the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), HKE’s plan of operation will strengthen HKIA’s position of being the predominant gateway to mainland China by enhancing the connectivity for mainland China international travelers as well as the air service for local Hong Kong travelers. This is an investment of over US$ 100 million, which fully demonstrates our commitment to Hong Kong.”

The lease of the four EMBRAER 170 aircraft is just the first phase of HKE’s fleet plan. It is HKE’s intention to acquire two aircraft per year to cover 12-15 cities in mainland China in the next five years, subject to the regulatory approval and market conditions.

“Embraer is very proud and pleased that Hong Kong Express became our launch customer in Asia for the EMBRAER 170. By providing air services between Hong Kong and secondary cities in mainland China, it will no doubt promote the economic cooperation between the two areas. In addition, it will allow mainland travelers more choices and convenience to go for worldwide trips via Hong Kong,” said Guan Dongyuan, Managing Director of Embraer in China.

Designed to tap the 70-to-110-seat market and help carriers right-size fleets, the new EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-jets is a new-generation of commercial aircraft featuring advanced engineering design, exceptional performance efficiency, superior operating economics and a spacious cabin. With more than 300 aircraft on firm order and nearly 400 options, this family, of which 36 jets will be operating in the world as of the end of this year, will match the success of the ERJ 145 family.

Note to Editors

Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of Commercial jets up to 110 seats with 35 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the global airline, Defense and Corporate markets. Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. As of September 30, 2004 Embraer had a total workforce of 14,541 people, and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 11.0 billion.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
east asian hub airport, hong kong

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 01:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium