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Old June 9th, 2005, 05:23 AM   #1021
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9 June 2005
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THANIN WEERADET

Any takers, please? Dragonair is offering travellers an opportunity to visit the shopping and dining paradise of Hong Kong.

Return air tickets for two persons, minimum, start from 4,000 baht (excluding airport tax, insurance and fuel surcharge) and they must be used before June 30. Passengers also enjoy complimentary shuttle bus service from Hong Kong International Airport to any of the following three points in the city: Mongkok, Tsim Sha Tsui, or Causeway Bay.

Hong Kong is full of surprises. In addition to shopping and dining, the city features several cultural activities to ensure an exciting trip.

For more information and reservations, call the airline at 02-266-2651 to 4.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 05:36 AM   #1022
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8 June 2005
'BEST AIRLINE – CHINA' PLANS BIGGEST PRESENCE EVER AT TRAVEL EXPO
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair, which has just been voted Best Airline – China for a fourth consecutive year, is planning its biggest presence ever at the International Travel Expo Hong Kong (ITE) as part of the events to mark its 20th anniversary.

"To mark our anniversary, our presence at ITE this year is much larger than usual, with a booth that is three times the size of previous years," said Dragonair's General Manager, Hong Kong and Southern China Titus Diu. "We have teamed up with 13 travel agents to bring Hong Kong residents a host of special offers and ensure they can celebrate 20 years of the Dragon with us."

The Dragonair booth, number J33, will hold a lucky draw in which prizes include a one-year free air pass. Visitors to Dragonair's booth will also have a chance to receive a complimentary cup of Pacific Coffee. The show, held at HKCEC, opens on June 9 and is open to the public on June 11-12.

With respect to the outlook for tourism, Mr. Andy Tung, Chief Operating Officer was upbeat: "The potential that we see arising from the China Mainland, Dragonair's main market, benefits the travel and tourism industry in the region as a whole, as more people from the Mainland take advantage of the Individual Travel Scheme to visit Hong Kong."

Mr. Tung also thanked travellers who had voted for Dragonair in the Skytrax Airline of the Year survey. The airline won the accolade of Best Airline – China in the poll for a fourth consecutive year.

"There's no better reward for all the work we put into continuously enhancing services, features and frequencies than such positive feedback from our customers, especially in a year when we are celebrating 20 years of air services" said Mr. Tung.

"We will continue to strive to bring the best possible travel experience to our customers, and aim for even greater heights of satisfaction in the future."

The Skytrax Airline of the Year survey is the established, global barometer of passenger opinions about airlines around the world. The survey, which measures more than 35 different aspects of passenger satisfaction, was conducted over an 11-month period (June 2004-May 2005), and the final total of eligible survey nominations was 12,334,283.
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Deal eludes carriers on airport charges
Alman Loong, Hong Kong Standard
June 8, 2005


The government has spoken vaguely of privatizing the airport as early as 2006, though it has adopted a cautious approach. AFP

The body representing airlines that use Hong Kong International Airport says it has failed to reach agreement with the Airport Authority on service charges following its planned privatization.

Board of Airline Representatives Hong Kong deputy chairman Gilbert Chow said Tuesday the board has yet to receive the government's response to its views on charging, which were expressed at the end of May as part of a joint submission with the Airport Authority.

BAR hopes the airport will adopt a "single-till'' approach, taking profits from both aviation and commercial activities into account when calculating the target return. This way, profits from the privatized airport's commercial activities would help keep airport charges down.

The authority, however, believes that the landing, parking and terminal building charges levied on airlines should be high enough to finance the infrastructure without the help of profits from commercial activities. Now, though, such charges account for only about 45 percent of the authority's revenues, meaning the carriers could face a large increase after privatization.

Chow said BAR would continue to talk with the Airport Authority.

The government has spoken vaguely of privatizing the airport as early as 2006, though it has adopted a cautious approach since last year when a legal challenge scuppered the Hong Kong Housing Authority plans to include public housing assets in the Link Real Estate Investment Trust for flotation on the stock exchange.

The public consultation period on airport privatization began last November and ended last month. A senior official of the Economic Development and Labour Bureau said there were no plans for a second consultation.

``We are still reviewing 60 submissions from the public, including a joint paper from BAR and the Airport Authority. But we do not have a fixed time-frame about a second round of consultations,'' said principal assistant secretary Howard Lee.

Later this month, the authority is expected to announce a record net profit of HK$1 billion for 2004-05, compared with HK$386 million for 2003-04.

Airlines argue that since the airport is public infrastructure and a long-term investment, the government should not be seeking to make a profit on it so soon. The airport opened in 1998.

Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip said this week a mechanism would be in place to control charges when the airport is privatized.
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Amsterdam-bound cargo plane makes safe emergency landing in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, May 19 (AFP) - A cargo plane heading for Amsterdam from Shanghai made an emergency landing in Hong Kong Thursday following a suspected burst tire, airport officials said.

A Polar Air Boeing 747 aircraft with a crew of three landed safely at Hong Kong International Airport at 10.30 am (0230 GMT), the airport authority said in a statement.
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Old June 11th, 2005, 08:54 AM   #1028
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Import slide may be turning airport into a one-way cargo street
10 June 2005
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With the seaport's contribution to the economy destined to decline as it moves into its sunset years, Hong Kong's government and logistics community will find a small level of comfort in the fact that the highest-value trade - that which moves through the airport - still appears robust.

As senior management at the Airport Authority are quick to point out, air cargo may represent only 1 per cent of the volume of trade moving through Hong Kong each year, but it comprises 30 per cent of the value.

More than 930,000 tonnes of air cargo moved through the myriad of automated loading bays at the airport's biggest freight terminal over the past five months, up almost 5 per cent on the record performance posted last year during the same period.

Hongkong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) is the world's biggest handler of international airfreight and growth does not come easy from its huge volume base. So, the fact that it again - for the third year in a row - is on track to set a new world record for international airfreight is testimony to its location and its management.

At this pace, the new volume benchmark, against which other terminal operators must stack up, could eclipse 2.4 million tonnes by year's end. So, at least that sector of our trade is healthy and safe from erosion, right? Maybe not.

Yes, the bottom line for Hactl is healthy, in tonnage terms. But a worrisome trade imbalance is growing and is not showing any sign of recovery as we move out of the slow season.

While exports and transshipment cargo from Hong Kong remain strong, imports are waning.

Last month, their comparative decline was 10.3 per cent, the largest monthly setback this year, and it dragged overall import volumes down to an aggregate 7.9 per cent decline for the year.

Moreover, the decline is gathering pace: Hactl's aggregate imports were down 7 per cent in the year to February and 7.7 per cent at the end of the first quarter. Augmenting the concern is the growing number of flights bypassing Hong Kong and heading directly to the mainland. When the United States and China signed their new bilateral air services agreement last year, a door opened to a flood of new freighter and passenger capacity direct to China's dominant commercial areas, particularly Shanghai.

The pundits will say that Shanghai is a different market, and that is true. But the lack of availability and dependability of flights to Shanghai in the past had driven a lot of Yangtze River Delta-bound cargo through Hong Kong.

Increasingly, that is no longer the case. Ask any of the express operators - which are big general cargo players until the emerging markets develop demand for more time-definite express products - and they will say one of their fastest-growing sectors is China-direct.

The pent-up demand in the US and Europe was huge for China-direct capacity, because no one had been able to offer a dependable service until recently.

Another factor is that China is shifting from being exclusively a product origin market to a product destination market.

In other words, China's appetite for western goods is growing and foreign firms are spreading their production lines out as a result.

"In the past, a foreign manufacturer may have had eight factories in Guangdong," a Hong Kong-based supply-chain expert told Below Deck. "Now they have five factories in southern China and five in the north for distribution purposes."

"A lot of the production models in China are changing to local sourcing, even for items such as the components, which used to be sourced outside China and brought in," he said. "Less and less is going to move through Hong Kong."

For now, strong export volume growth and a surge in transshipment cargo are masking a growing trade imbalance at the airport.

As the peak season gathers steam, increasingly nervous officials at the airport will be watching to see if that corrects itself.
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Old June 11th, 2005, 10:02 AM   #1029
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Amsterdam-bound cargo plane makes safe emergency landing in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, May 19 (AFP) - A cargo plane heading for Amsterdam from Shanghai made an emergency landing in Hong Kong Thursday following a suspected burst tire, airport officials said.

A Polar Air Boeing 747 aircraft with a crew of three landed safely at Hong Kong International Airport at 10.30 am (0230 GMT), the airport authority said in a statement.

Isn't HK a bit out of course when it is from Shanghai to Amsterdam?
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Airfares from HK rise as jet fuel prices soar
9 June 2005
Hong Kong Standard

First- and business-class airfares from Hong Kong rose by 2.3 percent and 1.8 percent respectively in the second quarter from the first, reflecting high jet fuel prices, the American Express Asia Pacific Airfare Index said.

Compared with the first quarter of 2004, first-class fares from the SAR were up 2.8 percent and business-class fares 3 percent.

The quarterly study, which tracks airfares for 165 city-pairs, all originating in Asia-Pacific, found that increases were widespread throughout the region in the latest quarter.

It said fares rose on routes from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Taiwan and Thailand.

"Oil prices have been oscillating around US$50 (HK$390) per barrel over the past six months, with some peaks well above that seen during October 2004 and during March and April 2005,'' Robert Tedesco, head of consulting services for Japan, Asia- Pacific and Australia, said.

"On top of this, we have seen significant increases in the jet fuel refining margin placing further cost pressure on airlines and driving up the incidence of increased fuel surcharges.''

Region-wide, first-class fares increased 3.6 percent year-on-year in the second quarter. Business-class fares rose 4.4 percent.

In the same period, full and discount economy airfares increased by 3 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively.

The highly restricted peak-season excursion airfares remain unchanged, while off-season fares rose 2 percent.
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CAD conducting an investigation into a private helicopter accident
Sunday, June 12, 2005
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Regarding the helicopter crash yesterday (June 11) at Pat A, High Island (Leung Shuen Wan), in accordance with the Hong Kong Civil Aviation (Investigation of Accidents) Regulations, the Director-General of Civil Aviation in his capacity of the Chief Inspector of Accidents has ordered an Inspector-in-Charge to coordinate the investigation.

The accident investigation team returned to the accident scene this morning to continue the investigation. The helicopter wreckage is being transported to the hangar of the Government Flying Service (GFS) at Chek Lap Kok in the afternoon for further investigation.
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Hong Kong Airport Says Traffic Up
Sunday June 12, 8:50 pm ET

HONG KONG (AP) -- Passenger traffic through Hong Kong International Airport rose 17 percent on year in May, driven mainly by long-haul markets including the U.S., Europe and Australia, the Airport Authority said.

The airport served 3.31 million passengers in May, up from 2.82 million in May 2004, the authority said Sunday.

Air cargo rose 9 percent to 269,000 metric tons (295,900 short tons) in May, up from 245,894 metric tons (270,483 short tons), driven mainly by the growth of demand from Europe and China markets, the authority said.

Aircraft takeoffs and landings increased 10 percent on year, the authority said.
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Hong Kong :Air deal with Germany fails to lift all restrictions
14 June 2005
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Hong Kong has signed a new air services agreement with Germany, though it failed to persuade Berlin to lift all restrictions on point-to-point travel and trade transport.

Under the agreement, the number of weekly direct passenger flights between Hong Kong and Germany will rise to 17 from 15, while cargo flights will go from 10 to 12.

Wilson Fung, Hong Kong's deputy secretary for economic development, refused to comment on why Germany refused to sign a "no-limits'' agreement.

"The Hong Kong government is not conservative on the issue of open skies,'' he said.

"We are always ready to sign no-limits agreements.''

Fung said Hong Kong was still in the process of negotiating with other European nations, though the market said Italy has already declined the offer to sign a no-limits agreement.

Of the 17 weekly Hong Kong-Germany passenger flights authorized under the new agreement, only 11 are currently being used, according to Fung.

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, a low-cost carrier that is still awaiting certification from the Air Transport Licensing Authority, plans to start long-haul services to Europe, including Germany, this year.

Despite its stated eagerness to enter into no-limits agreements, Hong Kong now has only three - with Singapore, Bahrain and Mexico.

Fung said no-limits agreements between Hong Kong and other countries would make Hong Kong International Airport more attractive as a hub for low-cost carriers.
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Airport Authority sell-off plan 'too vague'
Partial privatisation may be 'sexy' but HK chamber says proposal lacks clear objectives and fails to define areas that need improvement
Russell Barling
13 June 2005
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The Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce has strongly recommended that the government abandon its plans for the partial privatisation of the Airport Authority.

In a letter to Sandra Lee Suk-yee, permanent secretary for economic development and labour, the chamber's chief executive, Eden Woon Yi-teng, said the government lacked clear objectives for the exercise and had yet to define what was wrong with the airport's present operating environment.

"The business community and the chamber {hellip} have long argued for greater reliance on public-private partnerships and privatisation," Mr Woon said. "It is with the greatest reluctance that we find ourselves unable to support this particular project."

For the past 18 months, the government has been laying the groundwork to raise a reported $10 billion by floating a 25 per cent stake in the authority, which manages the airport.

Earlier this year, the government was ordered by the Legislative Council to consult the industry after reports that user charges might have to rise 25 per cent at Chek Lap Kok to increase its valuation caused an uproar.

In his letter to Ms Lee, Mr Woon said the government's motivation for the exercise had been so vaguely presented that even the consultation process was "premature".

"Before proceeding with the consultation on the means of achieving the specific goals of a particular privatisation project, the objectives must be clear," he said. "If the purpose is to raise money, there should be clearly stated reasons why the funds are needed."

The consultation ended last month and an official from the bureau said it had received 60 to 70 submissions with no clear consensus emerging. It is not yet known when the findings will be released.

Mr Woon's comments echoed those of Elizabeth Bosher, a former executive director for the authority who is now Asia-Pacific managing director for aviation consultants Landrum & Brown.

"The problem the government has is that they don't have a solid reason for bringing private equity into the airport at the moment," Ms Bosher said. "Privatisation is sexy. I think there's an element of 'let's do it. It makes us look dynamic'."

Senior government officials have, to limited effect, repeatedly said "it's not about the money". The exercise is in part being considered to make the authority more efficient.

But Mr Woon said his members believed the authority "seemed pretty efficient right now".

"We are puzzled by the lack of analysis as to the specific shortcomings that need to be addressed at the airport," he said.

"Before analysing the means of privatisation for the purpose of improving efficiency, we would expect to see a detailed explanation of the benchmark criteria for measuring success and the reasons why such improvements cannot be made other than through privatisation."
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HK seals air deals with four nations
Pacts open skies for more direct flights while the agreement with Bahrain also allows carriers extra fifth freedom rights
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14 June 2005
South China Morning Post

The liberalisation of Hong Kong's aviation regime has taken another step forward with the Economic Development and Labour Bureau signing four small deals with Singapore, Germany, Mexico and Bahrain, government negotiators revealed yesterday.

The agreements made small advances on the number of direct flights allowed in previous bilateral pacts, but only the Bahraini deal gave carriers more fifth freedom rights, the ability to pick up and fly passengers and cargo to third destinations outside the countries.

A provisional deal was agreed with Singapore to lift all restrictions on direct flights between the Lion City and Hong Kong, which the Hong Kong negotiating team said would boost the volume of low-cost carrier traffic on the route.

However, not all of the 107 weekly flights under the present agreement are being utilised and budget carriers such as AirAsia have said the main reason they are not flying to Hong Kong is the high cost of calling at the airport, not a lack of bilateral rights. No expansion of cargo services was agreed.

"The Singapore deal is in line with the government's mandate to lift restrictions on direct flights with willing partners," an industry source said. "[The government] was more open to expansion of passenger flights because of the possibility of cargo diversion."

The German deal was perhaps the most disappointing of the four, with the number of weekly passenger flights expanding by two to 17 for each side. Weekly cargo flights were expanded by two to 12, but the new flights were already being offered on an extra-bilateral basis.

"Hong Kong was absolutely prepared to open the skies, but the Germans had their own considerations," lead negotiator Wilson Fung Wing-yip said. "We hope to meet again at the end of the year and expand the cargo services."

Dragonair, in particular, will be disappointed by the result as it had been pressing for more cargo rights to Germany.

The Bahraini deal threw open direct passenger and cargo flights for carriers from both nations; only Cathay Pacific and Gulf Air currently serve the route. It added one beyond point for each country, which Cathay will use to serve Beirut and Gulf Air will use for Singapore.

Carriers were given unlimited direct passenger and cargo services to Mexico, but since no airline connects the markets - mainly because no aircraft has the range to fly beyond Acapulco on the west coast without a fuel stop - the advance is not expected to be utilised.

There was, however, an expansion of code-share rights which could help Hong Kong carriers serve Mexico through Canada or the United States.

The deals were struck with Bahrain on April 11, Mexico on April 28, and Germany on June 2. The Singapore deal remains provisional.
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Oasis flies into storm over bid for routes
Russell Barling
15 June 2005
South China Morning Post

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines is seeking permission to fly to six destinations in Europe and the United States in a move that may be contested by Cathay Pacific Airways for breaking established practices for applications to the Air Transport Licensing Authority (Atla).

Oasis, which is majority owned by Richard Lee Cho-min and his wife Priscilla, on Friday asked Atla for licences to fly to Cologne, Milan, Berlin, London, Oakland and Chicago as it aims to launch services by the end of the year.

The start-up has yet to be awarded an air operator's certificate (AOC), the usual precursor to an Atla application. It asked the Civil Aviation Department in February for a certificate but a decision was pending, the department said yesterday.

It is understood Cathay will seek a meeting with the Economic Development and Labour Bureau to ask why precedent has changed in Oasis' case, before deciding whether to file an official objection with Atla.

"As a matter of policy, Atla has never accepted an application for licensing from parties which do not hold an AOC," a Cathay executive said. "What we are wondering is whether Atla has decided to allow parallel tracking of the two applications rather than the established sequential system from previous decisions."

Cathay has until June 24 to file an official objection to the Oasis application, a move that will probably see the matter sent before a dispute tribunal adjudicated by Atla chief Ronny Wong Fook-hum.

It is Cathay's contention that any application to operate new routes from Hong Kong has always been a four-step process - applications for the AOC, Atla licensing, route designation, then landing slots at the airport from the bureau.

A decision two years ago by Mr Wong's predecessor, Mr Justice William Stone, in a dispute between Cathay and Dragonair, appeared to establish the sequential approach as Atla policy.

"An Atla licence, like its necessary precursor, the AOC, functions as a necessary prerequisite to governmental designation," Mr Justice Stone found. "An Atla licence, like an AOC, is a necessary 'building block' without which any application to fly upon a particular route immediately will founder."

A spokesman for Atla said its regulations allowed it to start processing an application "after it has been endorsed by the director-general of civil aviation", Norman Lo Shung-man. Mr Lo could not be reached for comment yesterday.
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