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Old December 14th, 2004, 05:34 PM   #601
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December 14, 2004
Government Press Release
252 extra flights set for holiday

Hong Kong International Airport will have an extra 252 passenger flights during the festive season, December 17 to January 3, up 11.5% on last year.

The busiest day will be January 2 with 605 daily flights. This is closely followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve with 596 and 594 daily flights. Passengers using the airport are expected to top 130,000 on each of these days.

On an average day, there are about 560 passenger flights and 110,000 passengers.

Flights between South East Asia and Hong Kong account for 48% of the additional flights. North-East Asia and the Mainland account for 45% and 7%.

The most popular destinations are Seoul, Sapporo and Phuket, each with 28 additional flights, followed by Kota Kinabalu, Laoag and Bangkok.
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Hong Kong and Shanghai airports cooperate to boost hub status



(HONG KONG, 13 December 2004) - The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) will share with the Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA) its expertise and experience in airport management.

The two major aviation hubs today signed an agreement for AA to provide consultancy services to its Shanghai counterpart, in areas including terminal flow management, retail business operation and air cargo development.

The consultancy services agreement follows an earlier consultancy service on baggage handling system for another mainland aviation hub, Beijing Capital International Airport.

For Shanghai, AA has conducted studies and will make recommendations on the city airport's terminal capacity and operational management; retail business strategies, and air cargo and logistics development.

A study has been carried out to identify the capacity constraints and areas for operation improvements at the existing terminal of Shanghai airport. Recommendations to enhance the flow of arriving and departing passengers and customer service will be provided for Shanghai to maximize the handling capacity of its current terminal until a second facility comes into place in 2008.

Retail business strategies, encompassing tenant and merchandise mix, marketing plan, and service standards, will be proposed to the SAA after a research is conducted on market demands.

AA has also completed a review of the West Cargo Logistics Park Development project, a master landuse plan for the air cargo and logistics expansion at Shanghai airport. The review will be followed by suggestions on aviation and customs policies, landuse demand and planning, as well as infrastructure enhancement.

AA's Chief Executive Officer Dr David J Pang said, "The consultancy services crystallize the Letter of Intent we signed with the Shanghai Airport Authority in October last year to strengthen exchanges and promote closer co-operation between the two airports.

"Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport both play a pivotal role in promoting international air travel in the Yangtze River and Pearl River Delta respectively. Communication and co-operation will doubtlessly contribute to reinforcing competitiveness of the two airports, in turn contribute to the country's economic development."

SAA Chairman, Mr Wu Nianzu, said, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to share with AA the experience in managing an international airport. The collaboration of the two airports will add impetus to the expansion of the market place and consolidate the status in the international aviation industry, a vision that is common to both airports."

AA's Commercial Director, Mr Hans Bakker, commended the personnel of both airport authorities for their dedication and efforts. "A platform has been established for the sharing of airport management knowledge and experience among aviation professionals from the two cities. This will mark the beginning of long-term and on-going co-operation.

The consultancy services will complete in five months. Other forms of exchanges between the two airports, including visits, training and conferences will be organized to further cement ties between the two airports.
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HK's airport authority may seek listing in 2005 -paper

HONG KONG, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's Airport Authority may seek a listing in 2005 with a valuation of about HK$40 billion, the Hong Kong Economic Times reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper quoted the Airport Authority's finance director Raymond Lai as saying that it would not be difficult for the authority to seek a listing next year at a satisfactory and desirable valuation, with a price-to-earnings multiple of over 20 times.

Lai said the Authority also intends to invest in four to five airports in China in the next few years, which may further enhance valuation. Airport Authority officials were not immediately available for comment.

The Hong Kong government, which fully owns the Airport Authority, has said previously that it hopes to introduce a privatisation bill around the end of this year but would not estimate how long it would take to debate the bill in the Legislative Council.

Financial Secretary Henry Tang also said in his budget that the government planned to privatise the city's bustling international airport in 2005-6.
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HKIA ferry service extends to Guangzhou



(Hong Kong, 15 December 2004) - Hong Kong International Airport's (HKIA) highly popular SkyPier ferry transfer service has today extended to Lianhuashan Port in Guangzhou, offering residents at the northern part of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region hassle-free connection to an extensive global network.

Lianhuashan becomes the sixth port in PRD to be served by SkyPier, following the opening of the Zhongshan-HKIA route last Friday. Other ports include Shekou and Fuyong in Shenzhen, Humen in Dongguan as well as Macau.

Since its opening in September last year, SkyPier has already carried a total of over 860,000 passengers.

Initially two ferry journeys will be offered daily on the new route . The ferry will depart Guangzhou Lianhuashan for HKIA at 10:30am. The return trip departs HKIA at 3:30pm. Journey time is approximately 80 minutes. An adult ticket fare costs RMB¥200, and children pay RMB¥120 for a single trip. Sea-to-air passengers who depart HKIA for onward flights are eligible for a tax refund of HK$120.

To ensure smooth operation, the Guangzhou Lianhuashan Port authorities have employed a series of enhancement measures, including setting up dedicated check-in counters, computer systems as well as staff training.

Free shuttle bus services to the Lianhuashan Pier are also offered for passengers at 18 pick-up points across Guangzhou, Panyu and the neighbouring areas.

Commemorating today's opening ceremony, Mr Huang Zhi Tin, Chairman of the Board, Panyu Lian Hua Shan Port Passenger Transport Co, Ltd. said, "The opening of the Guangzhou Lianhuashan - HKIA route is a result of the Closer Economic Partnership Agreement between Hong Kong and the Mainland (CEPA). It provides a platform that connects the Mainland and Hong Kong, strengthens economic cooperation between the two places, and serves as a direct channel that ties PRD to the rest of the world."

Strong trade activities and the growth of individual tourism in Guangzhou and its neighbouring areas have driven the demand for international travel. With an extensive aviation network, frequent flights and exceptional customer services, HKIA has been a favourite airport for PRD residents traveling out of the country.

The Lianhuashan-HKIA connection substantially reduces the traveling time between HKIA and Guangzhou. Passengers using this ferry transfer service bypass customs and immigration formalities, cutting travel time by at least two hours when compared with other cross-boundary transport modes.

Airport Authority Hong Kong's Assistant General Manager of Terminal Business, Ms Ada Tse, said, "Since the SkyPier ferry transfer service was opened we have gained much operational experience. With new sea routes, we have also extended the catchment area of the service. We will continue to extend HKIA's home market into the PRD by adding new destinations, and to provide travelers with more choice as well as convenient access to the airport."

Director/General Manager of Hong Kong International Airport Ferry Services Limited, Mr Tang Yun-long said, "Rapid economic development brings along more demand for overseas travels on the Mainland. The rollout of growth projects at the airport, including SkyCity and AsiaWorld-Expo, will help create more traffic between PRD and HKIA. We will continue to work closely with the Airport Authority to deliver the services to satisfy passenger demands."
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December 15, 2004
Fare war looms as Jetstar Asia flies cut-price from Singapore
Low operating costs, efficient aircraft use and packing in passengers key to cheap flights

Joseph Lo

Singapore's latest entrant in the low-cost airline sector, Jetstar Asia, says it is not concerned about a looming fare war on the Hong Kong-Singapore route, despite increasingly competitive pricing by airlines already flying between the two cities.

Jetstar, which is 49 per cent owned by Australia's Qantas Airways, yesterday launched services to Hong Kong, which will be augmented in the coming weeks with flights from Singapore to Taipei, Pattaya, Surabaya, Shanghai and Manila.

It is the third airline to appear in Singapore this year, following the launches of privately owned Valuair and Tiger Airways, which is controlled by Singapore Airlines (SIA).

Jetstar's strategy to capture a share of the Hong Kong-Singapore market seems largely based on offering lower fares than Cathay Pacific Airways, SIA and Valuair.

It can do this with a combination of lower operating costs, more efficient aircraft use, and packing as many passengers as possible into each flight.

Jetstar operates four Airbus Industrie A320 aircraft, each with 180 seats in a single-class configuration.

The Airbus website suggests that the A320 can accommodate 164 passengers if each is given a 65cm seat pitch, the legroom typically offered by airlines in economy class.

Jetstar is offering an entry-level return fare of $ 419, although most of its seats are likely to sell at an average of $ 649. Full-fare tickets that allow passengers to freely change their departure dates without penalty were being offered on Jetstar's website for $ 1,549.

These prices represent a significant discount to the cheapest available economy-class fares - in the region of $ 2,800 - between Hong Kong and Singapore just a year ago, when Cathay and SIA dominated the route.

When Valuair launched flights last spring at a $ 1,300 flat fare, Cathay and SIA responded with promotional tickets priced at less than $ 1,000, and now $ 847.

Since then, Valuair has abandoned its flat-fare approach and is offering a price of $ 888 return for bookings made at least 30 days before departure and $ 1,250 for a full-fare ticket.

Jetstar chief operating officer Con Korfiatis said the carrier was not worried about a fare war because it would be able to offer low fares indefinitely on its low cost-base.

"With our superior cost-base, we can offer low fares over the long term," Mr Korfiatis said.

He said all Jetstar fares were low while Cathay and SIA offered limited numbers of seats at the lowest promotional prices.

However, SIA and Cathay are able to supplement their income from the lowest -priced fares with first and business class passengers as well as cargo.

The two carriers also operate wide-body jetliners on the route, such as the Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft, each with about 300 economy class seats.

Besides Qantas, Jetstar's shareholders also include Temasek Holdings, with a 19 per cent stake.

Mr Korfiatis told reporters that the company expected to expand its route network to include more destinations in the mainland, as well as Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.
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Old December 16th, 2004, 06:21 AM   #608
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AAHK appointed by Beijing Capital Airport to provide consultancy services



(Hong Kong, 10 December 2004) - Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has been appointed by its Beijing counterpart to conduct a study on the flow management of its baggage sorting system. A report will be submitted to the Beijing Capital International Airport before the end of this year.

To cope with additional demand on baggage handling capacity from more flights and passengers, Beijing Airport has plans to enhance efficiency of its baggage sorting system.

This is the second consultancy study that AAHK has undertaken for Beijing. Last year, AAHK was enlisted to conduct a study on security systems.

The scope of this baggage sorting system consultancy includes a study into the operation procedures and efficiency of the baggage system at Beijing Airport's Terminal 2. Also included is an assessment of the ultimate and actual capacity of the baggage system, as well as the management systems.

AAHK's Chief Executive Officer, Dr David J Pang, said with rapid economic and transport integration of Hong Kong and the Mainland, the sharing of experience will help provide enhanced service to all mainland travellers. The better mutual understanding also provides a solid foundation for further cooperation.

AAHK's Airport Management Director, Mr Howard Eng, said as aviation hubs, both Beijing Airport and Hong Kong International Airport face the same challenge - the challenge to raise efficiency and at the same time enhance service quality. The exchange of experience and knowledge can further enhance the competitiveness of both airports.
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Thursday December 16, 5:38 PM
HK Dragonair Nov Passenger Numbers Fall 11% From Oct

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd., known as Dragonair, said Thursday its passenger traffic fell 11% in November from October, but rose 21% from November last year.

Hong Kong's second-largest airline said it carried 401,524 passengers in November, down from a record 451,644 in October.

Its cargo shipments also eased by 4.1% in November from the previous month, but grew 26% on year. It carried 33,323 metric tons of cargo in November.

"Despite a dip in overall demand, front-end business travel remained quite solid," Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui said in a statement.

The pullback in leisure travel was expected given the seasonality of the China market.

Airlines serving routes to China commonly see an increase in passenger flow in October due to a weeklong National Day holiday.

Dragonair's largest shareholder is Hong Kong-listed China National Aviation Co. (1110.HK). Conglomerates CITIC Pacific Ltd. (0267.HK) and Swire Pacific Ltd. (0019.HK) also hold stakes, while Hong Kong's leading airline, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK), owns 18% of Dragonair.
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Gazetting of the Air Transport (Licensing of Air Services) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulation 2004
Government Press Release
Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The Air Transport (Licensing of Air Services) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulation 2004 will be published in the Government Gazette this Friday (December 17).

"The Amendment Regulation seeks to provide statutory power for the Air Transport Licensing Authority to determine its own procedures governing the routine processing of applications," a government spokesman said today (December 15).

The Licensing Authority is a statutory body established to issue licences to Hong Kong airlines for the operation of scheduled air services to and from Hong Kong. The authority has all along been operating on the basis of well-established practices and procedures it developed over the years.

"The legislative amendment would provide proper legal backing for the procedures made by the Authority, thus removing any doubts over the credibility of Hong Kong's aviation licensing regime," the spokesman said.
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17 December 2004
Cathay Pacific Press Release
Air Hong Kong confirms order for two Airbus freighters

AHK Air Hong Kong Ltd. today announced it has confirmed options to buy two more Airbus 300-600 General Freighter aircraft, adding to the six already ordered by the airline, of which four are now in operation.

The additional aircraft, scheduled for delivery in May and June 2006, will enable the all-cargo carrier to expand its regional overnight parcels service, strengthening Hong Kong as an express cargo hub. Both aircraft will be powered by General Electric CF6-80C2 engines.

Air Hong Kong’s A300-600F aircraft are unique in that they feature a loading system and a side door capable of handling large items of general freight in addition to small packages. The airline holds options to order two more.

Air Hong Kong currently operates overnight services for DHL to Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Penang.

AHK Chief Operating Officer David Saechiu said: “Our aggressive fleet expansion to eight aircraft within two years will provide the necessary capacity we need to develop our regional express cargo network, strengthen Hong Kong’s position as the region’s leading air cargo hub and enhance the quality of service that we already provide to DHL. We are well positioned to continue growing.”

Air Hong Kong is 60% owned by Cathay Pacific and 40% by DHL.
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HK, Singapore ink aviation maintenance MOU

Hong Kong and Singapore have signed a memorandum of understanding on mutual recognition of approvals of maintenance organisations in the two places.

In general, maintenance organisations must get approval from a country's aviation authority before they can maintain components of aircraft registered in that country.

The memorandum allows the civil aviation authorities of Hong Kong and Singapore to recognise each other's approvals of maintenance organisations to maintain aircraft components.

This means that Hong Kong-based maintenance organisations can maintain aircraft components for Singapore-registered aircraft without seeking additional approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

Likewise, maintenance organisations based in Singapore can maintain aircraft components for Hong Kong-registered aircraft.

Agreement maximises resource use

Assistant Director-General of Civil Aviation John Lau said partnership between civil aviation authorities through mutual recognition will reduce duplication of approval and audit work by the authorities, to maximise the use of resources of the regulators and the industry.

"In the end, such mutual recognition will improve the quality of aircraft maintenance through the use of common airworthiness standards."

Hong Kong has had similar mutual recognition arrangements on aircraft maintenance with the Mainland and Macau since May 2002.
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Dragonair faces Lunar New Year disruption
Pilots threaten a work-to-rule after talks with management stall in a roster row

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18 December 2004
South China Morning Post

Dragonair pilots have voted to launch a work to rule starting just before the Lunar New Year holiday because of a long-running dispute over the airline's refusal to offer them an agreement on working rosters.

Nearly 100 pilots voted unanimously in person and by proxy in favour of the action at an extraordinary general meeting of the Dragonair Pilots' Association, called after talks between association officials and airline management reached stalemate.

They voted to start a policy of contract compliance, refusing to work beyond the terms of their contract, on February 1 unless management commits itself to "meaningful discussions" over working rosters.

The association is also seeking assurances that serving pilots would be able to fly new Boeing 747-400 freighter planes due to come into service in two years and demanded guarantees on a number of other "career-path" issues.

Pilots at Dragonair, which now carries more than 400,000 passengers a month, have twice before launched work-to-rule actions in recent years. Issues about rosters were also at the heart of the bitter 2001 Cathay Pacific pilots' dispute.

Many of the 70 pilots who turned up at Wednesday's meeting at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club wanted to launch the work-to-rule immediately but were persuaded by association officials to give the airline an opportunity to respond, sources said.

Starting the action on February 1 would have a potentially far greater impact on the rapidly expanding airline's operations, particularly flights in and out of the mainland in the run-up to the holiday beginning that week.

A spokesman for the association, which represents 90 per cent of Dragonair's 300-plus pilots, said the threatened action stemmed from long-unresolved differences between the airline and its pilots and accused management of having a stubborn attitude.

At bimonthly meetings between management and association officials, the airline repeatedly refused to commit itself to a formal agreement on working rosters, which would guarantee periods of time off for pilots, particularly after long-haul flights.

"Cathay Pacific has one. Most airlines around the world have one," the spokesman said.

"Pilots are feeling they are a slave to the job.

"We have got some ideas that will help the pilots and help the airline. There needs to be an agreement but they don't want to enter into an agreement with us. They are reluctant to formalise things."

Asked what effect he believed the action would have on flights, the association spokesman said, "We think it will have an effect."
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AA wins Best Corporate Governance Disclosure Award



(Hong Kong, 5 December 2004) - Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) was recently awarded top honour for good practices in corporate disclose. The Best Corporate Governance Disclosure Awards 2004, organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, has honoured AA with the Diamond Award in the Public / Not-For-Profit Organization Category.

The judges of the Awards scrutinized the annual reports of 155 companies and organizations to assess the breadth and depth of disclosures and the quality of presentation of corporate governance information, as well as the standard of the underlying governance practices.

AA's Legal Director and Secretary to the Board, Mr Alex Derbie, said the Authority believes transparency and accountability are essential attributes of good corporate governance. The Authority has taken an open approach by voluntarily disclosing information to its stakeholders, he added.

"We shall continue to enhance our corporate governance by aligning corporate secretarial and financial processes and services with the best practice of listed companies, thereby adding tangible value by protecting and sustaining the corporate health of the Airport Authority," he said.
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