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Old January 9th, 2005, 08:42 AM   #661
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HK says air cargo volume hit record high in 2004

HONG KONG, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (HACTL) handled record air cargo throughput last year, driven by buoyant demand for goods from Europe and the United States, and the growth momentum looks set to continue into 2005.

Air cargo throughput for 2004 totalled 2.3 million tonnes, up 12.6 percent from the previous year, said HACTL, 25 percent-owned by Jardine Matheson Holdings and 20 percent by Swire Pacific Ltd., in a statement on Friday.

In December alone, HACTL handled 200,640 tonnes of air cargo, up 6.8 percent from the year-ago period.

"Export growth from the Pearl River Delta to Europe and the United States was the main driver, while import and transshipment cargoes continued to grow," HACTL's marketing director Warren Bishop said in a statement.

"For 2005, we expect export growth to continue although macroeconomic factors will govern the strength of growth."
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Old January 9th, 2005, 08:14 PM   #663
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Air Cargo Facilities

To ensure optimization of land-use efficiency and enable economies of scale for airport support and related cargo services, air cargo and aviation logistics related facilities have been franchised/licensed to different service operators.



There are two air cargo terminal operators providing air cargo services. These two facilities occupy 21 hectares of land south of the southern runway.

1st Tier Cargo Handling

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd ("HACTL")
* HK$8 billion investment
* SuperTerminal 1 the world's largest stand-alone air cargo handling facility
* Land area is approximately 170,000 sq.m.
* 320,000 sq.m. gross floor area comprising a main terminal & express centre
* 2.6 million tonnes annual designed capacity of air cargo

Equipped with a state-of-the-art automated cargo handling facilities, Hactl offers an extensive range of cargo handling services at competitive prices, performing them at industrial-targeted service standards. These include physical handling of general and special cargo, documentation processing, ramp handling, as well as pre-arrival clearance of import cargo.

Asia Airfreight Terminal Ltd ("AAT")
* HK$780 million investment
* Single-level warehouse equipped with mechanized cargo handling systems
* Land area of 43,000 sq.m. and gross floor area of 30,000 sq.m.
* 420,000 tonnes annual designed capacity of air cargo

AAT will invest HK$1.75 billion in constructing a new terminal, which will be completed by end 2006 with an annual handling capacity of 910,000 tonnes. With the completion of AAT's expansion in 2006, AAT will triple its current design capacity.

Express Cargo Terminal - DHL Central Asia Hub
The first dedicated express cargo terminal, DHL Central Asia Hub, commenced operations in June 2004 to meet the dynamic needs of the fast growing, time critical express market and to facilitate the development of HKIA as an express cargo hub. The DHL Central Asia Hub is the largest facility of its type in Asia, and will operate as DHL's major hub and gateway in the Asia-Pacific region.

* US$100 million investment
* Shipment handling operations supported by Material Handling System (MHS)
* 18,200 sq.m. phase 1 site site area
* Handle over 440 tonnes per day in 2004
* Initial peak throughput of 20,000 pieces per hour by 2008

2nd Tier Cargo Handling

Marine Cargo Terminal ("MCT")

To facilitate multi-modal air cargo services between the airport and the Pearl River Delta, Marine Cargo Terminal (MCT) opened in March 2001, providing a one-stop service linking the airport with various river ports in the Pearl River Delta.

MCT is located at the northeast coast of HKIA and occupies 14,000 sq.m. of land area with 450 metre quay for berthing. Operated by Chu Kong Air-Sea Union Transportation Company Ltd (CKSA) - an alliance of Chu Kong Shipping Development Company Ltd and Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl), the key function of the MCT is to facilitate multi-modal air cargo services between the airport and its hinterland.

CKSA offers comprehensive one-stop-shop, door-to-door, cargo delivery services between the air cargo facilities (SuperTerminal 1, AAT and Airport Freight Forwarding Centre) and 17 river ports in the PRD Region, such as Doumen, Gaoming and Taiping.



Airport Freight Forwarding Centre ("AFFC") has a gross floor area of 139,000 sq.m. for cargo warehousing, offices and logistics operations. The six hectare land area includes loading platforms and truck parking bays.

AFFC is another crucial component to HKIA's air cargo infrastructure as the on-airport premium warehousing service provider. Its facility houses over 50 freight forwarding/logistics companies and ancillary service providers and offers convenient and efficient access for freight forwarders to the cargo terminal operators.

Tradeport Logistics Centre completed in 2003, is a new air cargo infrastructure developed and operated by Tradeport Hong Kong Limited.

The logistics centre is built on a 1.38 hectare land area in the South Commercial District of the airport. The building has three floors with a total gross floor area of 31,400 sq.m. The centre able to provide a wide range of logistics and supply chain management services such as inventory/stock management, specialist cargo handling, order processing and assembly configuring.
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Old January 10th, 2005, 05:18 PM   #664
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Thai passenger flights dry up, but airlines pitch in with aid
Danny Chung, Hong Kong Standard
January 10, 2005

Hong Kong and China-based airlines are in the front line of aviation industry efforts to relieve the suffering of millions of people caught up in the tsunami devastation.

China Southern Airlines, the mainland's biggest airline by fleet size, diverted commercial cargo services from Leige in Belgium, Amsterdam and Chicago to Shanghai and Shenzhen for emergency flights.

The airline said its passenger services have not been affected.

"We have not experienced a drop in leisure or business travel during this crisis," China Southern's senior advisor for international public relations Jeff Ruffolo said.

Cathay Pacific's chief executive, Philip Chen, said it has raised HK$3 million, of which HK$1 million came from staff. Cathay donated HK$1 million and also matched contributions from staff.

On the international front, British Airways said it will be donating 1 million (HK$14.7 million), half of which is cash and the other half free tickets and cargo space.

Thai low-cost carrier Nok Air has offered free tickets to doctors wanting to travel to Phuket. And AirAsia said that along with its "sister companies" Thai AirAsia and AWAIR of Indonesia, it has been flying in relief workers, air supplies and doctors to help with the clear-up operation.

"These relief efforts are not quantifiable," AirAsia said when asked about the cost.

While they help out with relief efforts, airlines are undoubtedly suffering from loss of business from the tsunamis.

Dragonair, which ran a thrice- weekly service to Phuket before the disaster struck, has suspended services until the end of the month. The suspension has been caused by a "severe drop in demand," a spokeswoman said.

According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (Capa), Air China, which recently listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, suspended twice-weekly Beijing-to-Phuket services with no resumption date given.

Asiana of South Korea suspended services between Incheon and Phuket from December 30 until January 31.

Capa quoted Thai Air's estimate that the airline could lose 270 million baht (HK$53.59 million) from cancellations or postponements caused by the tsunamis.

Despite these setbacks, Capa is upbeat about the industry's ability to recover.

"Asia's aviation and tourism industry has demonstrated remarkable resilience in this era of the `constant shock syndrome', and will pull through this latest setback strongly," the centre wrote in a statement last week

It said the growing presence of low-cost carriers serving Thailand as well as confidence-restoring measures by Thai Airways and Thai tourism authority including industry groups such as the Pacific Asia Travel Association will restore demand for "attractively priced travel".

Cathay Pacific corporate communications manager for public affairs, Carolyn Leung, said she expected passenger loads will be affected but does not see a long-term loss.

Celestial Asia Securities analyst Tony Tong said since the Thai route is only one of many for most airlines, the effect of the tsunamis in Southeast Asia will not have a significant financial effect. Tong said airlines had other pressures such as interest rate rises in the US and the high price of oil.
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Tycoon critical of airport ferry link
Leu Siew Ying in Guangzhou
11 January 2005
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An adviser to tycoon Henry Fok Ying-tung has criticised the government for approving an airport ferry link to Lianhuashan in Guangzhou instead of to Nansha, where Mr Fok has extensive investments.

"Our location is ideal. We are at the mouth of the Pearl River - Lianhuashan is two hours upriver," said Ho Ming-sze. "We already have a ferry service here to Hong Kong, whereas there is hardly anyone riding the ferry from Lianhuashan."

Mr Ho also made a case for a ferry link with Tuen Mun, saying it had a population of 1.7 million and a huge demand for ferry services to the Pearl River Delta, but travellers had to go to Tsim Sha Tsui or the railway station in Hunghom.

Mr Fok's joint-venture ferry service with the Panyu government carries an average of 2,000 passengers a day but has been losing 20 million yuan a year since it opened in 1992, according to a terminal manager, Pan Tongyi.

The once-a-day ferry service from Chek Lap Kok to Lianhuashan was launched on December 15. The trip, by a fast European-made boat, takes 90 minutes.

A manager of the Lianhuashan terminal, Liang Jintang, said the ferry carried an average of 20-30 passengers each day, mostly foreigners and local tour groups.

She said the government only provided ferry terminal facilities and if there was a demand they would be rented out to private operators.

As for Tuen Mun, Ms Yip said a tender had been called for operators for the terminal and the company that won the bid had promised to begin services in December.

"But there was some slippage," she said.

"They kept delaying the opening date and now they are saying it will open in mid-2005."
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Hactl sets annual tonnage record in 2004
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(7th January 2005) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) announced today its air cargo throughput for December, the fourth quarter and the whole year of 2004. In December 2004, Hactl handled 200,640 tonnes, representing a year-on-year growth of 6.8%. Tonnage for the fourth quarter was 624,947 tonnes, up 6.2% year-on-year. The highest yearly throughput ever was achieved in 2004 - a total of 2,262,703 tonnes, representing a year-on-year increase of 12.6%, and breaking the tonnage record of 2,010,014 tonnes set in 2003.

A total of 113,351 tonnes of export cargo were handled in December 2004, up 10.6% year-on-year. Total export tonnage for the fourth quarter stood at 366,685 tonnes, up 9.0% year-on-year. Cumulative export tonnage for the year was 1,272,360 tonnes, representing a year-on-year growth of 16.3%. Volume to Europe was the major catalyst for growth in the export sector in the year, with cumulative growth of 23.3% for the whole year. Significant growth was also recorded in export to Mainland China (+17.2%) and the US (+12.3%) for the year.

A total of 60,640 tonnes of import volume were handled in December, and 172,702 tonnes in the fourth quarter last year, representing a slight decrease on 0.4% and 2.0% respectively. Aggregate import volume for the year was 692,958 tonnes, up 6.7% year-on-year. Growth was driven by imports from the Asian sector: Mainland China (+33.2%), South Korea (+14.9%), and Japan (+14.5%).

For the transshipment sector, handling volume was 26,649 tonnes for December, and 85,560 tonnes for the fourth quarter, up 9.1% and 12.8% respectively. Aggregate transshipment volume for year 2004 was 297,385 - representing a year on-year growth of 11.5%.

Warren Bishop, Hactl's Marketing Director said, "2004 was a good year for Hactl and Hong Kong in terms of air cargo growth. Export growth from the Pearl River Delta to Europe and the US was the main driver, while import and transshipment cargos continued to grow. For 2005, we expect export growth to continue although macroeconomic factors will govern the strength of growth."

Press Release & Charts : http://www.hactl.com/en/mediactr/press20050107.htm
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Old January 11th, 2005, 02:13 PM   #669
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SkyPlaza development contracts signed
January 11, 2005
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As the airport is becoming a fusion point for multi-modal transport linking Hong Kong with the Mainland, the Airport Authority will continue to invest in infrastructure and enhance its competitiveness to fully capture the market opportunities, the authority's Chief Executive Officer Dr David Pang says.

Three contracts for the building and development of SkyPlaza, the extended passenger facility at Terminal Two, were signed today.

Dr Pang said the airport's multi-modal transport facilities have been successful in stimulating the flows of people and goods between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta and beyond.

1,600 workforce to be recruited
The $2 billion development has been designed to facilitate the convergence and interflow of sea, land and air passenger traffic which are set for a rapid growth following the Mainland's entry into the World Trade Organisation, as well as the opening of Asia World Expo and Disneyland on Lantau Island.

SkyPlaza, with a gross floor area of 140,000 square metres, is one of the largest building projects in Hong Kong at present and due for completion in mid-2006. A workforce of 1,600 will be recruited during the construction phase.

Located on the east side of the existing passenger terminal building, SkyPlaza will house a second passenger terminal with customs, immigration and quarantine facilities; a bus terminal for cross-boundary routes as well as Disneyland-airport buses; and 35,000 square metres of retail, catering and entertainment areas.

People mover system as links
A "People Mover System" will link SkyPlaza to Terminal One and is also planned to be extended to a new permanent ferry terminal.

The integrated SkyPlaza development will provide office space for business partners. It will also be home for the authority's headquarters.

The authority's Commercial Director Hans Bakker said as a focal point of activities that are vital to establishing the airport as the international aviation hub, SkyPlaza is stirring excitement in the region's aviation industry, and is the envy of many airports.

Largest single contract awarded since airport opened
"SkyPlaza has an enviable position at the heart of SkyCity, a complex that houses the new Asia World-Expo, a vast new international exhibition centre, and a nine-hole golf course, a hotel and office tower, as well as the SkyPier," he said.

The SkyPlaza Building Works construction contract, the largest single contract awarded since the airport opening, was signed with Chun Wo - Fujita Joint Venture. The company was also awarded a contract for extending the People Mover tunnel to connect SkyPlaza and the future permanent ferry terminal.

A separate contract was signed with Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. to provide the SkyPlaza People Mover system.




Enviable enhancements: SkyPlaza is one of the greatest innovations for the regional aviation industry. Pictures show sketches of the check-in hall (top), shopping mall (middle) and food court (bottom).
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Old January 11th, 2005, 02:24 PM   #670
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It's a very huge airport. some pics when i was there.

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Old January 11th, 2005, 03:20 PM   #671
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SkyPlaza Contracts


1. Contract P352 SkyPlaza Advanced Works
2. Contract P350 SkyPlaza Building Works


The Airport Authority Hong Kong (the "Authority") is developing SkyPlaza, an integrated multi-modal transportation and business centre located as an extension to the existing passenger terminal at Hong Kong International Airport and wishes to pre-qualify contractors to tender for the above two contracts. The project includes a covered coach station for cross-boundary and tourist traffic with air-conditioned waiting lounges; airline check-in facilities; 30,000 sqm of retail and entertainment facilities; and in the initial phase up to two office blocks totalling 30,000 sqm in area, including the Authority's Headquarters.

Contract P352 - SkyPlaza Advanced Works, includes foundations, substructure and road and utility diversions.

Contract P350 - SkyPlaza Building Works, includes the building structure, external walling and roof systems, internal fit-out, building services, airport systems and all roads, utility services, landscaping and external works.

The tender process for both of the above two contracts is expected to commence in September 2003. The works of Contracts P352 and P350 are to be completed by September 2004 and December 2005 respectively.

The Authority invites expressions of interest from organisations with PROVEN EXPERIENCE and the CAPABILITY to manage and construct the works within an operating environment. Suitable contractors will need to be able to demonstrate previous experience and ability in undertaking similar works projects in excess of HK$150 million and HK$1,500 million for Contracts P352 and P350 respectively.

All applicants will be evaluated by the Authority with the intention of selecting 3 successful applicants for each contract to participate further in the tender process. Selection of successful applicants will be at the Authority's sole discretion.
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SkyPlaza development contracts signed
I'm thinking of how they can control arrived passengers to use the present terminal ("T1") or the new terminal ("T2") for their arrivals. If Automated People Mover ("APM") passengers can choose to use T1 of T2, most of them will choose T1 as it is faster. And non-APM passengers definitely won't take APM from T1 to T2 to go through immigration process.

It may help if APM passengers are not allowed to get off APM at T1 but all are transported to T2. Then all APM passengers will go to T2 and non-APM passengers will go to T1. Another method is to use "Baggage Reclaim" to restrict passenger to use the designated terminal, but it is not applicable to hand-carry-baggage-only passengers.

It is a concerned that how to ensure passengers will use T1 or T2 that they're designated. Otherwise they will not be able to find the friends/people that have gone to the designated locations to meet them.

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11 January 2005
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Cathay Pacific launches daily Shanghai freighter services

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will launch daily freighter services to Shanghai from 27 January 2005, further expanding the airline’s Mainland network and strengthening Hong Kong as the predominant gateway to the Mainland.

Shanghai will be the second Mainland city that Cathay Pacific serves. The airline resumed passenger services to Beijing on 2 December 2003 after a break of 13 years, and now operates daily services to the capital city. Cathay Pacific has also been allocated rights upon designation to operate three weekly passenger services to Xiamen and will launch services in late February 2005, subject to operational requirements.

Cathay Pacific Director and General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: "Cathay Pacific's new freighter service will connect China's biggest commercial centres and provide direct links across the Cathay Pacific network from Shanghai to destinations throughout the region and beyond to major markets in Europe and North America. The service will further strengthen Hong Kong as a global logistics hub and gateway to the Mainland and we plan to add additional freighter frequencies to Shanghai in the near future”

The daily freighter services to Shanghai will be operated by a B747-200 freighter aircraft.
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40pc more check-in counters planned for airport
Danny Chung, Hong Kong Standard
January 12, 2005

The Airport Authority plans to increase the number of check-in counters at Hong Kong International Airport by up to 40 percent to meet increasing passenger flow and compete with neighboring airports.

The HK$2 billion Skyplaza second terminal will have 56 check-in counters when construction is finished in mid-2006, retail and advertising general manager Eva Tsang said. That number could be doubled to 112 at a later date.

The existing airport terminal has 288 check-in positions. Commercial director Hans Bakker said having more check-in counters would attract more travelers from the Pearl River Delta.

The new terminal, located next to the Airport Express station, will comprise 35,000 square meters of retail, entertainment and food services space.

Two small office blocks, one at each side of the terminal, will comprise gross floor area of 15,000 square meters. They will be occupied by the Airport Authority and airlines. Bakker said the rents would be the same as for the existing terminal.

A Chun Wo-Fujita joint venture was awarded the construction contract for the new terminal, the largest tender by the authority since the airport opened in 1998.

Under a separate contract, the joint venture will build a people-mover tunnel from the present terminal to a permanent Skypier ferry terminal.

Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries will build a people-mover system from the new terminal to the departure gates in the existing terminal.

In the first 11 months of 2004, the airport handled a total of 33.81 million passengers, compared with 27.43 million for the whole of 2003.
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i hope there are connection between the T1 and T2 other than the APM.
Maybe when HKIA really get busy. The T2 can be used for national flight only (within China), and the T1 is used for international only.

Gakei, i am pretty sure the arrangement are well thought out during the design stage.
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It is possible tave a look at previous incarnations of the Sky Plaza under www.som.com, going to "Transportation" and then "Hong Kong Int'l Airport" .

Correct me if I'm wrong but it seems that what is being erected now is a much scaled-down version of the SOM study.
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12 January 2005
Cathay Pacific Press Release
Cathay Pacific helping to strengthen Hong Kong’s status as an international aviation and logistics hub

In his Policy Address to the Legislative Council today, Chief Executive Tung Chee-Hwa further reiterated that the direction of Hong Kong’s future development “must leverage on the staunch support of the Mainland”. Hong Kong, Mr Tung said, must engage itself globally and develop into a world city providing quality services for the Mainland, Asia and the world.

Cathay Pacific Airways supports the positioning and development direction outlined by Mr Tung. The airline welcomes the Government’s continued commitment to promote economic development, pursue measures to consolidate core industries, bolster and sustain the economic prosperity of Hong Kong, improve the business operating environment, and create more employment opportunities for the people of Hong Kong.

To make Hong Kong a truly cosmopolitan city and to ensure continued economic growth, it is imperative that Hong Kong develops into a global aviation and logistics hub. To achieve this goal, local carriers have a special role to play – they need to continue to invest actively and grow continuously. Cathay Pacific has already pledged its support by committing to acquire 11 more aircraft and hire 1,500 new staff in 2005. The airline will also continue to expand its network and services as part of its long-term commitment to, and confidence in, Hong Kong

Responding to the Chief Executive’s comments, Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen said: “We fully support the Government’s focus to promote development, employment and economic growth; and to maintain Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.

“As Hong Kong’s home carrier, Cathay Pacific is serious in its mission to help make Hong Kong a global aviation hub, an international logistics centre and a prime travel destination. We agree with the Government that a thriving tourism industry will encourage the development of related industries, and we welcome the Government’s commitment to enhance the competitiveness of these industries regionally and globally.

“The continued prosperity of Hong Kong requires different industries to work towards the same goal of contributing to the future of the city.”
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12 January 2005
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Cathay Pacific releases December 2004 traffic figures

Cathay Pacific Airways today released traffic figures for December 2004 that show passenger and cargo volumes peaked with the advent of the Christmas holidays and new records for the year as a whole as the airline introduced new flights and capacity.

The airline carried 1,272,982 passengers in December, up from 1,187,548 passengers in November as leisure traffic hit its season high ahead of Christmas. December also saw a new capacity record, measured in terms of Available Seat Kilometres, or ASKs, as additional winter schedule services and holiday flights broke the previous record set in August 2004.

Traffic was little affected by the 26 December Indian Ocean tsunami as most holiday travellers had already reached their destination by that time.

The pre-Christmas cargo peak lasted a little longer than usual, right up to the start of the holidays. The airline carried 83,148 tonnes, down slightly from 86,933 shipped in November. The average cargo load factor dipped slightly to 68.2 percent.

Cathay Pacific set new records in 2004, carrying 13,663,958 passengers and 972,416 tonnes of freight over the 12-month period. The airline increased passenger and cargo capacity, with new and more frequent services to cities including Beijing, Sydney, New York and Moscow. Three wet-lease freighter aircraft boosted the cargo fleet. Cathay Pacific takes delivery of a new B747-400 freighter next month.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said: “December was a good month ending a great year. Strong passenger numbers were supported by additional regional and long-haul services which strengthened our ability to generate connecting traffic through our hub in Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s position as a gateway to the Mainland will be further enhanced with the launch of a new service to Xiamen and double daily services to Beijing later this year.”

Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: “Cargo growth continued to be driven by demand for exports from Southern China. Congestion in US West Coast seaports helped to boost demand for air cargo services as well. Business on trunk routes from Hong Kong to the United States, Europe and Japan remained strong throughout the year. Our service will be further improved with a new daily freighter service to Shanghai."

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