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Old May 7th, 2004, 05:39 PM   #81
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Old May 8th, 2004, 02:45 AM   #82
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Airport Authority set to repay $6b
Keith Wallis, HK Standard

Lawmakers yesterday approved plans by the Airport Authority to repay HK$6 billion in equity to the government as the first step towards the authority's eventual partial privatisation.

Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Wilson Fung said while the capital reorganisation and privatisation are independent of each other, improving the authority's capital structure would facilitate the future share listing.

He was speaking to members of a committee set up to consider the Airport Authority (Amendment) Bill.

Repayment of the HK$6 billion would reduce the government's equity interest in the authority to nearly HK$30.65 billion, but increase the authority's gearing ratio to about 50 per cent, from the current 27 per cent.

Deputy Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Martin Glass said this is similar to the level of several private companies.

In a briefing paper to legislators, the government said the MTR Corp has a gearing ratio of 56 per cent, Hongkong Electric Holdings 44 per cent and CLP Holdings 24 per cent.

Comparing the Airport Authority with other airport firms, the government said Britain's BAA has a gearing ratio of 40 per cent, Auckland airport 106 per cent and Copenhagen airport 127 per cent. The government aims to introduce the privatisation bill into the Legislative Council later this year.

If the bill is passed, Glass believed the earliest the airport company could be listed would be the end of 2006, although he said it was too early to discuss the timing of the listing.

If the privatisation bill is submitted to Legco in November and is approved after six months of discussion, it will still take six months to prepare for the listing, he said. The authority intends to repay the HK$6 billion through a bond issue. Glass said details would be finalised soon because interest rates are set to rise.

The cash would be paid into the government's capital investment fund, while dividend payments would continue to be credited to the general revenue account.

Glass said repayment of the HK$6 billion would not affect the authority's ability to declare future dividends.

UBS Investment Bank director Raja Parthasarathy said the bond issue would help attract investor interest in the authority. UBS is advising the government on the future financial direction of the Airport Authority.

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New Airline Starts Flying to Hong Kong - Valuair from Singapore







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Usually small regional jets are rare in Hong Kong, but CR Airways is a regular visitor from Laoag :



















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Probably Northwest has a hub in Honk Kong and that A320 serves regional routes from there
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Monday May 10, 7:53 PM
Airlines Serving HK Hike Fuel Charges; Others Mull Move

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--A total of 73 airlines that offer services to or from Hong Kong will increase fuel surcharges on cargo starting Tuesday, the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department said Monday.

Carriers across the region also said they were studying ways to weather increased costs caused by the rise in crude oil prices, which are at levels unseen in more than a decade.

At 0918 GMT Monday, Nymex Access June crude softened to US$39.73 per barrel from Friday's close of US$39.80/bbl, after breaching US$40/bbl momentarily in Friday's session.

In Monday morning trade, the May jet fuel forward contract was quoted in Singapore at US$47.25/bbl, up 28% from US$36.90/bbl on March 11.

According to Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department, the airlines' new fuel surcharges on cargo will be in place for at least two weeks, and are only adjustable downward if crude prices retreat.

Charges on long-haul routes will increase to HK$1.60 per kilogram from the current HK$1.20, while those on short-haul routes will rise to 80 HK cents per kilogram from 60 HK cents.

In Hong Kong, airlines follow a fuel surcharge scheme approved by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department to add or reduce fuel surcharges. However, if any airline intends to implement fuel surcharges on passenger flights, they are required to individually secure approvals from the department.

No major regional airline has levied fuel surcharges on passenger routes yet. Only one foreign airline has applied to Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department to introduce such charges.

Both Hong Kong-based carriers, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd., a unit of China National Aviation Co. (1110.HK), haven't decided to add fuel surcharges on passenger flights yet.

"We are monitoring the changes in the fuel prices. At the moment we don't intend to apply for surcharges on passengers nor adjust ticket prices," Cathay Pacific Corporate Communication Manager Lisa Wong said.

Dragonair, Hong Kong's second largest carrier, said: "We are currently exploring other avenues to reduce the impact (of high oil prices). These include the possibility of fuel surcharge on passenger routes."

BOC International analyst Michael Chan said while hedging activities on fuel positions could moderate the impact of rising fuel costs on airlines, the rise could eat into their bottom line if carriers can't pass on the increased costs to passengers.

For Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines Ltd. (S55.SG), fuel accounts for one-fifth of total operating costs.

As oil prices are currently 10% above BOC International's estimated levels for the year, Chan may cut his first half earnings projection for Cathay Pacific, possibly by as much as a double-digit rate, if oil prices continue to stay at current levels.

Nevertheless, Chan also pointed out that the first half of 2003 would provide a weak earnings comparison due to the impact of the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak that swept through some parts of Asia in the second quarter.

Hong Kong airlines aren't the first in the region to hike fuel surcharges.

Japan Airlines System Corp. (9205.TO) and All Nippon Airways Co. (9202.TO) boosted fuel surcharges on international cargo to Y18 from Y12 per kilogram on Feb. 1.

However, there aren't immediate plans to introduce the charges to passenger flights.

JAL's executive officer in charge of finance and investor relations, Haruka Nishimatsu, said Friday that current oil prices are in stark contrast with levels projected by the company.

He said that the company believes such firmness in oil prices is unlikely to sustain and that JAL is hedging the risks of jet fuel costs partly through forward purchase contracts. It buys 40% of annual jet fuel consumption through such risk hedge.

In Australia, a Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) spokesman said it is "looking at this issue" of high crude prices, declining to confirm reports that the carrier is set to increase its fuel surcharges on cargo to 25 Aussie cents from 20 Aussie cents on May 15.

Singapore Airlines Ltd. (S55.SG), whose estimated fuel bill for the year ending March 31, 2004 stands around S$1.4 billion, also has a wait-and-see stance.

"An increase in fuel price of one US cent per American gallon would add S$16 million to the annual cost of fuel for passenger operations, before accounting for US dollar exchange rate movements and changes in volume of fuel consumed," an SIA spokesman said.

"Market forces determine the price of tickets more directly than fuel prices, but if the rise in fuel costs doesn't moderate, then we, like other airlines, may have to review our pricing," he added.
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Thursday May 13, 1:57 PM

HK Cathay Pacific Plans Flights To Moscow In Mid-2005

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.(0293.HK) said Thursday it plans to introduce passenger flights to Moscow in the middle of next year, following a code share agreement with state-controlled Aeroflot-Russian Airlines (AFLT.RS) that will begin on June 1.

"It is certainly in our plans to serve the route with our own equipment in summer next year," Cathay Chairman James Hughes-Hallett said after the annual general meeting of Swire Pacific Ltd. (0019.HK), where he is also the chairman.

"One of the key things about the service to Moscow is the great ease for Russian travelers to come to Hong Kong" and the "tremendous upside" this could bring to Hong Kong's tourism industry, Hughes-Hallett added.

Commenting on business in Swire's property division, Hughes-Hallett said units under the company's retail portfolio are fully let, while its office portfolio had a 20% vacancy rate, similar to levels seen at the end of 2003.

While the rental prices in the overall office market has bottomed out, Hughes-Hallett believes any significant improvement in the sector will likely come this year.

"I think the supply will be absorbed in 2004 and early 2005, and this should set the scene for a good market for landlords (after that)," he said.

Hughes-Hallett will leave the top posts of both Cathay Pacific and Swire Pacific at the end of this year and return to London, where he will become the chairman of John Swire & Sons Ltd.
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Yes, PIA has regular service to Hong Kong. I'll keep my eyes open for photos.
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Guangzhou Baiyun to take airfreight trade from HK: study
Keith Wallis

Hong Kong should develop strategic links with other Pearl River Delta airports, improve its connectivity with the region, liberalise air services and improve reliability, flexibility and cost effectiveness to maintain its dominant position as an airfreight hub.

The suggestions are contained in a report by consultant GHK, funded by the Airport Authority, which shows Hong Kong International Airport is facing a significant threat to its cargo business from Guangzhou's new Baiyun airport.

The report pointed out that Hong Kong International Airport currently handles about 90 per cent of air cargo exports from Guangdong province.

This will fall to 47 per cent by 2020 as an increasing proportion of international freight is handled by Guangzhou and Shenzhen airports.

GHK forecast that 29 per cent of cargo exports would be handled by Guangzhou with 17 per cent by Shenzhen. The estimates do not include domestic or transshipped cargo.

But despite the fall in market share, the actual tonnage through the Chek Lap Kok airport will continue to increase.

Jonathan Beard, GHK (Hong Kong) managing director, said cargo volumes at Hong Kong International Airport will grow by an average of 5.6 per cent a year up until 2005, surging by 6 per cent a year between 2006 and 2010 before growth slows to 5per cent a year from 2010 to 2020.

The airport handled 2.64 million tonnes of freight last year, up 6.6 per cent over 2002.

GHK forecast that this will climb to 5.9 million tonnes by 2020, of which 4.8 million tonnes will come from the Pearl River Delta region.

The report also shows that despite common perception, it is cheaper to move airfreight via Hong Kong from the factory in Guangdong to many overseas markets than it is to use airports such as Guangzhou.

This was the main surprise of the study which was compiled following wide industry consultation that included interviews with 12 airlines, eight freight forwarders, 12 exporters, three express cargo companies and six trade associations.

``We assumed that assessed on total costs Hong Kong would be more expensive,'' Beard said.

GHK said it costs an average of HK$26.30 per kilogram to airlift cargo via Hong Kong to Los Angeles compared with HK$20.80 per kg to ship via Guangzhou or Shenzhen. Similarly, shipping via Hong Kong to Frankfurt costs HK$24.60 per kg and HK$17.8 per kg to Tokyo. The comparative figures for Guangzhou and Shenzhen are HK$27.60 per kg to Frankfurt and HK$20.80 per kg to Tokyo. This takes into account transportation from the factory to the airport, handling costs and air freight charges. Not included in these figures are the intangible costs, such as delays waiting at Guangzhou or Shenzhen for appropriate flights, or clearing mainland customs.

GHK estimated exporters would save two days shipping their consignments through Hong Kong International Airport than either Guangzhou or Shenzhen.

Beard said how long Hong Kong retained these advantages depended on how long Guangzhou and Shenzhen took to develop the same international route connectivity and efficient customs facilities.

He said Chinese customs focuses on revenue generation rather than law enforcement. Consequently there is inherent delays in the clearance process as officials maximise earnings.

One option to maintain Hong Kong International Airport's position was to seek alliances with other airports, especially Shenzhen. He said there was already rivalry between Shenzhen and Guangzhou airports which would help Hong Kong's negotiating position.

But he warned talks and a deal should be agreed sooner rather than later to allow Hong Kong to negotiate from a position of strength.

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