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Old March 18th, 2005, 04:53 PM   #841
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Dragonair to launch US cargo service
Russell Barling
18 March 2005
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong Dragon Airlines will make its long-awaited breakthrough into the lucrative United States market next month when it launches an all-cargo service to New York.

JFK International Airport, to which Dragonair will fly a thrice-weekly service, will be the 11th international destination served by the carrier's expanding fleet of freighter aircraft and its first outside Asia and Europe.

"This a very exciting development for our cargo operation," chief executive Stanley Hui Hon-chung said. "We will link the mainland with the world's biggest air-cargo market through our home base in Hong Kong. Our unique mainland network should prove attractive to shippers on the eastern seaboard."

Dragonair, which is understood to be the target of a takeover bid from minority shareholder Cathay Pacific Airways, will start the service with equipment and crew leased from Taiwan's China Airlines until the first freighter it is having converted from passenger configuration is delivered in October next year.

Hong Kong's No2 airline is having five Boeing 747s converted in Singapore and Xiamen for delivery between next year and 2008.

"By wet-leasing, we are able to start operating much earlier than planned," Mr Hui said.

But wet-leasing is also a riskier venture, according to one analyst.

"It's a higher-risk entry because if they can't fill the plane, they still have to pay the cost," the analyst said. "But in this market they'll probably be able to fill it."

Dragonair, which derived about 40 per cent of its revenue from cargo last year, saw its global cargo volume fall a comparative 8 per cent last month, to 21,624 tonnes, due to differing dates of the Lunar New Year holidays.

In the first two months, which compensates for the seasonal swing, freight volumes were up 20.8 per cent year on year.

Management at Dragonair had been keen to start freighter flights for at least the past two years but Los Angeles was thought to be the primary destination.

According to general manager for cargo Albert Yau Chong-yin, New York proved to be the more promising destination. "We examined customs records from a number of potential destinations and they indicated that New York was still the main US gateway for China goods," Mr Yau said.
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British Airways Accused Of Violating Labor Rights In HK
18 March 2005

HONG KONG (AP)--British Airways PLC (BAB) has been accused of infringing on the labor rights of the head of its Hong Kong cabin crew union, judiciary officials said Saturday.

The airline was accused Friday of informally monitoring Carol Ng and issuing written and verbal warnings to her last August to deter her from taking part in union activities, according to a Labor Department summons.

The company pleaded innocent to a charge of preventing or deterring Ng from exercising her labor rights under Hong Kong's employment laws, officials said.

The case is adjourned to Sept. 5. It is believed to have stemmed from a labor dispute between the airline and its cabin crew union over a 2002 pay cut, the South China Morning Post reported.

At the time, British Airways lost the case to the union and was ordered by the Labor Tribunal to restore the pay cuts of US$64,103 on about 90 of its employees, the Post said.
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Airline consolidation puts start-up hopefuls on edge
Joseph Lo and Russell Barling
19 March 2005
South China Morning Post

Prospective Hong Kong airlines say any potential tie-up between Air China, Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair highlights the need for more transparent legislation to protect consumers.

But government and travel industry officials said they were satisfied that market forces would be deterrent enough against anti-competitive behaviour from the trio.

On Wednesday, in response to a report in the South China Morning Post, Cathay and parent Swire Pacific confirmed progress in wide-ranging talks with Air China, holding out the possibility of a cross-shareholding agreement and the sale of Dragonair.

An executive from one prospective local airline said that "while the statement was necessarily vague, it raises warning flags to me".

"The government says it will take a wait-and-see attitude and that it would move to protect airline start-ups," he said. "But CR Airways and Hong Kong Express have been locked in a licensing dispute, first with Dragonair and now between themselves, for nearly a year without a government decision.

"It worries me that the environment for start-up airlines will go from bad to worse. What we need is more clarity for the industry - ultimately it is the Hong Kong consumer that will benefit."

Another executive from a rival prospective carrier said he was "hopeful the government is telling the truth about being pro-competition in the airline sector [and] that they are truly on our side".

"A consolidation of Air China, Cathay and Dragonair - if it goes ahead as suggested - has major, major issues for the government to consider and digest," he said. "I doubt if the [Economic Development and Labour Bureau] is ready to say much more at this moment.

"But I am also hopeful that, given time, if you have a good case for wanting to fly a certain market that is dominated by an incumbent airline, government will support you. That seems to be the direction that government is heading in."

A government official said it was not felt there was an anti-competition issue in Hong Kong.

"At the policy level, [the economic development bureau] will encourage newcomers," the official said. "They are not concerned about how close Air China, Cathay and Dragonair are becoming. Even on the Beijing route, those three airlines are competing like hell. Cathay is under-cutting Dragonair and they are losing money."

According to the official, the government wants to "maintain an environment where newcomers, when they want to, are given favourable consideration {hellip} Whenever new routes come up on a sector with dominant players, they will give them to a new player".

Local travel agents offered a slightly different picture of the Hong Kong-Beijing market, however, where the three carriers account for 88 per cent of weekly flights.

Comparing the lowest current promotional two-way fares of the four airlines operating on the route - Air China, Cathay, Dragonair and China Southern Airlines - Dragonair is the most expensive at $2,803, exclusive of tax and airport charges, while Air China's fare was $2,612 and Cathay's $2,633.

China Southern offered the lowest fare at $2,241. It also gives customers more scheduling flexibility with a maximum 35-day stay, compared to maximum seven-day stays on rivals' lowest promotional fares.

Still, Joseph Tung Yao-chung, executive director of the Travel Industry Council, which represents tour operators and travel agencies, said the group did not see any risk of monopoly pricing.

"Even if Air China, Cathay and Dragonair join up, fares will still be regulated by destination competition," Mr Tung said, adding that while business travellers might have little choice on destinations, it was different for leisure travellers.

"For the leisure traveller, if fares are too high between Hong Kong and Beijing, he can choose to fly to Shanghai or another destination where the three have less power to raise fares."

He said operators also had scope to "tailor-make holiday packages".

Aside from booking customers on the airline with the cheapest fare for a desired route, operators could route customers "through other airports where better fares can be found, such as Shenzhen", he said. "So there's not too much worry there about a cartel happening."
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UAE Emirates SkyCargo Launches Cargo Flight to Gothenburg, Sweden
18 March 2005
Swedish News Digest

The air freight division of UAE Dubai state-owned airline Emirates, Emirates SkyCargo, will introduce a new cargo flight on the route Dubai-Hong Kong-Dubai and Dubai-Gothenburg-Dubai, it was reported on March 16, 2005.

The flight will link the goods freight between Hong Kong and the Landvetter international airport near Gothenburg, western Sweden. It will be launched on March 29, 2005.

Currently, the route transports primarily toys and fabrics from Hong Kong to Gothenburg. On the corresponding route from Sweden Emirates SkyCargo transports telecommunication products, vehicle spare parts and pharmaceuticals.

The freight traffic Landvetter Airport will be increased by another new route of U.S. freight carrier Polar Air Cargo, which will fly from Shanghai via Kazakhstan to Gothenburg.

Emirates SkyCargo flies currently to over 75 destinations worldwide.

Landvetter Airport is operated by Sweden's civil aviation administration Luftfartsverket (LFV). The total air passenger traffic for Landvetter for February 2005 rose 10 pct year-on-year. Domestic air passenger traffic increased 21 pct in February 2005.
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Dragonair takes delivery of 27th passenger aircraft

HONG KONG, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Dragonair took delivery of its 27th passenger aircraft, or its 11th wide-bodied A330 -- at Airbus Industrie's headquarters in Toulouse, France Friday.

"This A330 is the first new aircraft to join our fleet this year, and will allow us to offer even more choice to our customers and even greater comfort and amenities," said Dragonair Chief Executive Stanley Hui Friday.

He said Dragonair plans to operate the aircraft on services to Tokyo.

The aircraft, which is leased from the International Lease France Corporation, is powered by two Rolls-Royce RR Trent engines and has a two-class cabin configuration, with seating for 42 passengers in Business, and 273 in Economic Class.

Hui said, "this latest aircraft is the first of four passenger planes that Dragonair will take delivery of this year, which will take our passenger fleet to 30 by the end of this year."

Dragonair is a Hong Kong-based airline. Its passenger network covers 30 destinations across the Asia-Pacific Region, including 21 destinations in the Chinese mainland.
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Hong Kong air cargo volumes outstrip capacity
Russell Barling
21 March 2005
South China Morning Post

The Airport Authority has increased its air cargo forecast for the next five years by 13 per cent after the relentless stream of high-value manufactured goods from factories in Guangdong last year revealed that recent projections were already too conservative.

The authority now says annual volumes are expected to reach 4.4 million tonnes by 2010, with express cargo the most dynamic growth area. Express cargo, such as that handled by United Parcel Service and DHL Express, is growing twice as fast as the overall market, up 16 per cent in the year to the end of last month.

According to the airport's commercial director, Hans Bakker, DHL has formally notified the authority of its intention to expand the US$100 million Central Asia Hub it opened just last summer. "We are already looking at the next phase of expansion for a number of projects," he said.

DHL did not respond to official queries yesterday, but an executive speaking on condition of anonymity said the firm had recently asked the authority for extra space for a non-express business sector it had hoped to house in the hub. "We're full," he said.

Mr Bakker said DHL had envisioned a three-phase expansion of the hub, but the second two phases would be rolled into one and launched "as soon as possible".

The demand for infrastructure for high-value, time-definite air cargo also saw the government last week award a $7.2 million study to Arup Hong Kong to examine the feasibility of the proposed Lantau Logistics Park near the airport.

The airport is already building five new aircraft stands for freighters, which will begin operating later this year. The flurry of airfreight-related activity comes just weeks after Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport started phase II of building its dedicated logistics facilities.
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March 21, 2005
India waits in wings for fresh routes
Any new services between HK and the subcontinent will result in lower air fares


With all eyes on the mainland, developments on air routes to India could be overlooked. But changes are expected after Hong Kong completes aviation talks with India in May or June.

One significant item on the agenda is likely to be authorising new airlines to fly the routes. The push is coming from India, which wants to add two airlines - probably privately owned Jet Airways and Sahara Airlines.

Sahara already has plans to start services to Hong Kong from this winter.

If approval for more airlines is agreed, as seems likely, it will prompt two further developments.

First, Hong Kong will almost certainly seek reciprocal permission for an additional airline to fly to India - which means Dragonair. This would be a good test of whether there has been any warming in the relationship between Cathay Pacific and Dragonair. Cathay probably would prefer to keep its current, cosy deal - with an insufficient number of flights, meaning high fares and a relatively weak competitor in the form of Air India.

Second, even if only one more Indian airline started flying into Hong Kong, air fares would tumble.

No bargains to Bangkok

Unlike on the route from Hong Kong to Singapore, there has not been much low-fare airline traffic on routes to Bangkok.

In fact, there is only Orient-Thai - whose marketing is focused on selling tickets in Thailand, to the relative neglect of travellers here - and Air Asia, which serves Macau.

A recent fare check for a week in Bangkok in April suggests that Cathay Pacific is protecting its market share with some low prices.

Emirates offered the lowest price, with a round trip for $ 1,600. On some days, fellow Middle Eastern airline Gulf Air is cheaper, by as much as $ 500, although there may be conditions, such as the fare's availability only if two people travel at the same time.

But Cathay comes in not much higher than Emirates, at $ 1,917, although as usual with the company's discounted tickets, the fares are available only as e -tickets.

From Macau, Air Asia's cheapest is about $ 630 (and most expensive $ 856), making its fares the best buy - although not by much when one adds about $ 300 for the ferry.

The other factor is time - from which point of view this routing cannot be recommended. Travellers need to allow so much time for ferry delays, traffic congestion in Macau and check-in time, that they would have to leave Hong Kong at least three hours before their flights.

Macau offers a through-service enabling travellers from Hong Kong to avoid passing through Macau immigration, but it operates only four times a day (and is curiously bunched around midday) so it would be somewhat risky to rely on.

So for the time being, travellers will need to wait before they can get really low prices, and convenience, on the Hong Kong-Bangkok run.

Compiled by Murray Bailey, research director and editor, Travel Business Analyst
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HK Airport Authority To Invest HK$100M In 4 Cargo Stands
21 March 2005

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Airport Authority Hong Kong, which operates the Hong Kong International Airport, said Monday it plans to spend HK$100 million this year on building four additional cargo stands, increasing the total to 25.

'The continuous strong growth in Europe, China, the U.S. and Asia have contributed to Hong Kong's record air cargo throughput of 3.1 million metric tons last year,' said the Airport Authority's commercial director, Hans Bakker.

The share of express cargo throughput rose to 9% in 2004 from 7.9% in 2002, the authority said.

Goods shipped by air through Hong Kong totaled HK$1.3 trillion in 2004, and accounted for 32.4% of the city's external trade value, up from 28.6% in 2002, it added.

- By Ruby Chan
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Chek Lap Kok airport ranked tops by travellers
Benjamin Wong
21 March 2005
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong airport has been named the world's best among 48 airports that took part in a new global survey.

The Airport Authority said yesterday that Chek Lap Kok finished ahead of second-placed Incheon International Airport in Seoul and third-placed Changi in Singapore.

The international airports in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai were ranked fourth and fifth respectively in the survey, conducted throughout last year.

The survey was part of a programme managed by the International Air Transport Association and the Airports Council International. The study replaced the Global Airport Monitor survey, which ran for 11 years.

More than 50,000 air travellers completed survey questionnaires at participating airports before boarding flights. They were asked to give their opinions on issues including airport services and facilities, security and immigration, and services provided by airlines.

Hong Kong was ranked first by both business and leisure travellers. The study found that the aspects the travellers using Chek Lap Kok airport liked most were the courtesy and helpfulness of airport staff, the airport environment and transport links.

Airport Authority chief executive David Pang Ding-jung said: "We take great pride in providing our passengers with an enjoyable and memorable airport experience when they visit Hong Kong International Airport."

In the last Global Airport Monitor survey in 2003, Hong Kong received a special recognition award for what pollsters described as a "leading level of services" before and after the Sars outbreak.

In 2002, Hong Kong came third behind Dubai and Singapore.
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Tuesday March 22, 6:33 PM
Hong Kong's Dragonair increases flights to mainland China

AP - Dragonair, Hong Kong's second-biggest carrier, is increasing its flights to Beijing and Shanghai as well as to other cities in southern and western China, the airline said Tuesday.

The carrier, also known as Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd., now offers 12 daily flights from Hong Kong to Shanghai, but the number will increase to 15 when the city's airport expands in May.

"By the time the new Shanghai flights begin, we will be operating 304 flights a week to the mainland, more than any other non-mainland airline by far," said Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui.

Daily flights to Beijing will increase from eight to 14 during the summer season, from March 27 to Oct. 29, the company said.

The carrier will also begin flying to the western city of Chongqing five times a week instead of three. The number of weekly flights to the western city of Chengdu will be doubled to 14 by July.

An additional weekly flight will be added for the southern city of Changsha and the southwestern city of Kunming. Dragonair had flown to Changsha twice a week and Kunming eight times a week.

Dragonair's largest shareholder is Hong Kong-listed China National Aviation Co., a state-controlled airline holding company. Conglomerates CITIC Pacific Ltd. and Swire Pacific Ltd. also hold stakes, while Hong Kong's leading airline, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., owns 18 percent of Dragonair.
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HKIA stays ahead as cargo hub and supply chain integrator of China
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(HONG KONG, 21 March 2005) - Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) today hosted the first Hong Kong Air Cargo Forum, taking the lead in the air cargo industry to ensure sustainable growth to capitalise on rising demand.

Working on the theme "Staying Ahead", AA and its air cargo industry partners met to share development plans and discuss how best to maintain Hong Kong International Airport's (HKIA) premier position as the region's obvious choice of freight hub, in the face of spiraling demand and growing competition from airports in the region.

In a keynote speech at today's Air Cargo Forum, AA Chief Executive Officer Dr David Pang emphasised HKIA's multi-faceted role as a key supply chain integrator to China. He said: "In today's competitive business world, supply chain will replace individual firms as the effective competing units. As part of the efficient supply and distribution system, HKIA's success builds on our capability to provide a total solution to our customers, with state-of-the-art facilities, modern management systems and the most experienced logistics expertise in providing the fastest speed, lowest cost and highest reliability in cargo handling."

Dr Pang added that with our home market redefined to cover the Mainland, HKIA will strive for better connection to the world, and to enhance our competitiveness to capture this rapidly growing market."

AA Commercial Director Mr Hans Bakker said: "The continuous strong growth in Europe, China, the US and Asia have contributed to Hong Kong's record air cargo throughput of 3.1 million tonnes last year. Express cargo, as one of the key drivers, has increased its market share from 7.9% in 2002 to 9% in 2004. The increasing importance of shipping goods by air is also demonstrated by the increase in external trade value from 28.6% in 2002 to 32.4% at $1.3 trillion in 2004. "

Mr Bakker added: "With abundant growth potential in the region, we will work together with the industry to ensure all parties will benefit. AA will see facilities are in place to meet this growth. Initiatives include investing $100 million to build four additional cargo stands, increasing the total number to 25 this year."

Since 2004, a number of investment projects have been announced, demonstrating the confidence of the industry in the growing air cargo demand at HKIA and their long-term commitment to support Hong Kong as the premier air cargo hub.

AAT has invested $1.75 billion in an expansion plan to increase its cargo handling capacity to 1.5 million tonnes by 2006. In less than ten months after unveiling its $780 million Central Asia Hub at HKIA, DHL is already planning to accelerate expansion. Hactl has also undertaken a number of enhancement initiatives such as the Downtown Terminal, the 1,725 sqm Livestock Handling Centre, the Air Cargo Consolidation Centre and e-initiatives.

Senior executives from Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT), DHL, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair presented their development plans to strengthen Hong Kong's air cargo handling capability. These included boosting efficiency by leveraging Hong Kong’s leadership in ICT (Information and Communications Technologies), expanding facilities, enhancing service standards, providing specialist cargo-handling services, operating air cargo consolidation centres at the Pearl River Delta, and improving air, land and sea connectivity with the Mainland.

An open panel including senior executives from Hong Kong Shippers Council, Hong Kong Exporters Association, Customs and Excise Department, Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics (HAFFA), Hong Kong Association of Aircargo Truckers, Carrier Liaison Group, and AA, was moderated by Mr Raymond Leung, Founding President of Hong Kong Logistics Association and generated productive discussion involving more than 220 participants.

The panel agreed that the key words to consider as Hong Kong's air cargo community plans sustainable growth into the future are speed, integration, flexibility, transparency and frequency. Other suggestions included further promoting the air-sea-land multi-modal connectivity and logistics service of Hong Kong as a destination for consolidation and warehousing to buyers internationally, and attracting freight under the FOB (Free on Board) Hong Kong term for distribution round the world from HKIA.

At today's Forum, AA and stakeholders in the air cargo industry have committed to moving forward together and maintaining close communication in order to stay ahead. AA will review and update HKIA's competitiveness regularly, and will continue its efforts to enhance multi-modal connectivity, and to further streamline trade and customs processes to provide a hassle-free, inter-modal cargo flow between the Mainland and Hong Kong.
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Wednesday March 23, 12:48 PM
CNAC reports 2004 net profit of US$47 million

AP - Hong Kong-listed China National Aviation Co., the biggest shareholder in Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd., on Wednesday reported a net profit of 367.5 million Hong Kong dollars in 2004.

The figure compared to a net loss of HK$18.7 million the previous year.

Revenue rose 53 percent to HK$1.87 billion from HK$1.23 billion.

CNAC did not immediately provide other details.

CNAC is 69 percent held by Air China Ltd., which in turn is controlled by state-owned China National Aviation Holding Co.

CNAC proposed a final dividend of 1 Hong Kong cent, up from 0.6 Hong Kong cent a year ago.
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HK Int'l Airport strives to ensure growth
23 March 2005
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China Daily

Hong Kong Airport Authority Monday hosted its first Hong Kong Air Cargo Forum to ensure sustainable growth to capitalize on rising demand.

Working on the theme "Staying Ahead", the authority and its air cargo industry partners met to share development plans and discuss how best to maintain Hong Kong International Airport's (HKIA) premier position as the region's obvious choice of freight hub, in the face of spiraling demand and growing competition from airports in the region.

In a keynote speech at Monday's Air Cargo Forum, the authority's Chief Executive Officer David Pang emphasized HKIA's multi-faceted role as a key supply chain integrator to the Chinese mainland.

He said: "In today's competitive business world, supply chain will replace individual firms as the effective competing units. As part of the efficient supply and distribution system, HKIA's success builds on our capability to provide a total solution to our customers, with state-of-the-art facilities, modern management systems and the most experienced logistics expertise in providing the fastest speed, lowest cost and highest reliability in cargo handling."

With our home market redefined to cover the Chinese mainland, HKIA will strive for better connection to the world, and to enhance our competitiveness to capture this rapidly growing market, Pang added.

The authority's Commercial Director Hans Bakker said: "the continuous strong growth in Europe, China, the US and Asia have contributed to Hong Kong's record air cargo throughput of 3.1 million tons last year. Express cargo, as one of the key drivers, has increased its market share from 7.9 percent in 2002 to 9 percent in 2004. The increasing importance of shipping goods by air is also demonstrated by the increase in external trade value from 28.6 percent in 2002 to 32.4 percent at HK$1.3 trillion (US$166.7 billion) in 2004."

Bakker said they would work together with the industry to ensure all parties will benefit. Initiatives include investing HK$100 million (HK$12.8 million) to build four additional cargo stands, increasing the total number to 25 this year.

Since 2004, a number of investment projects have been announced, demonstrating the confidence of the industry in the growing air cargo demand at HKIA and their long-term commitment to support Hong Kong as the premier air cargo hub.

Senior executives from Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT), DHL, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair presented their development plans to strengthen Hong Kong's air cargo handling capability.

These included boosting efficiency by leveraging Hong Kong's leadership in ICT (Information and Communications Technologies), expanding facilities, enhancing service standards, providing specialist cargo-handling services, operating air cargo consolidation centers at the Pearl River Delta, and improving air, land and sea connectivity with the Mainland.

AAT has invested HK$1.75 billion (US$224.4 million) in an expansion plan to increase its cargo handling capacity to 1.5 million tons by 2006. In less than ten months after unveiling its HK$780 million Central Asia Hub at HKIA, DHL is already planning to accelerate expansion. Hactl has also undertaken a number of enhancement initiatives such as the Downtown Terminal, the 1,725 square meter Livestock Handling Center, the Air Cargo Consolidation Center and e-initiatives.
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Curbs on noisy night flights urged
Ravina Shamdasani
25 March 2005
South China Morning Post

A legal limit should be placed on aircraft noise and penalties imposed on airlines and pilots when flights exceed it while passing over residential areas, a lawmaker said yesterday.

Albert Chan Wai-yip met the director of aviation to express concern over the 7,000 flights last year that exceeded the 75-decibel level he called acceptable between 11pm and 6am - a 40 per cent increase over the previous year.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Chan said: "In Ma Wan and some estates along Castle Peak Road, the noise level has [increased] to the extent that residents are finding it unbearable, and some have even been forced to move out.

"We expect this situation will continue to deteriorate, because the number of flights at night may increase drastically with the opening of Disneyland and a general increase in air traffic."

Mr Chan urged the aviation chief to study the 7,000 noisy flights and investigate what factors they have in common, then enact a law to penalise pilots and airlines that deviate from guidelines for minimising noise.

In the event more flights are scheduled between 11pm and 6am, the aircraft deployed on them should not exceed acceptable noise levels, he said. That would prevent new flights adding to the problem.

"But they refused to consider this, and there are more estates going up under the flight path," Mr Chan said. "In 1998, I suggested prohibiting development under the flight path but the administration refused. Now many residents are finding the noise unbearable."

The director of aviation could not be contacted for comment.
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