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Old October 6th, 2005, 12:52 PM   #1181
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New airbridge opens up gateway to opportunities
(HONG KONG, 6 October 2005) - Some 160 passengers flying with Hangzhou-bound KA 620 today were the first group using a new airbridge specially designed for small aircraft operating at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA)'s Chief Executive Officer, Dr David J Pang, joined Dragonair's Chief Executive Officer and Director, Mr Stanley Hui, and Chairman of the Airline Operators Committee, Mr Victor Ho at today's inauguration ceremony, which marked the opening of the $39 million facility.

Construction work commenced in October 2004, and the facility was completed within a year. The glass panels on both sides of the airbridge give passengers a new airport experience, offering them a pleasant view of the apron while embarking or disembarking.

The 24-metre long airbridge is designed to accommodate A319, A320, A321 and B737, which altogether constitute about 25 per cent of all passenger aircraft at HKIA mainly serving Mainland cities and Asian destinations.

Dr Pang said, "China's burgeoning economy has boosted demand for air traffic between Hong Kong and the Mainland. To capture the enormous growth opportunities presented to Hong Kong, we have been working closely with our business partners in further enhancing our customer services as well as airport facilities."

"The construction of the new airbridge represents our commitment to continuously enhancing our infrastructure, which ties in with our airbridge strategy of linking up Hong Kong with the robust economic region of the Yangtze River Delta with more destinations and more flights."

Mr Stanley Hui of Dragonair said, "As a Hong Kong-based airline, we will continue to work with the Airport Authority and other industry partners to further enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong and its position as an international aviation centre."

On other growth projects at HKIA, Dr Pang said there were plans to construct a total of five new parking stands in the vicinity of the Backup Control Tower targeted for completion by April 2006. These stands are specially designed to facilitate direct taxi-in and taxi-out for quick turnaround of small aircraft. Enhancement works are also being carried out on the airfield to prepare for the arrival of A380, the largest passenger airliner, by March 2006.

Early this year, eight new airlines - Ocean Airlines, Thai Sky, Bangkok Airways, Sichuan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Palau Asia Pacific, Hong Kong Express and Shenzhen Airlines - have joined HKIA's extensive aviation network. Two new carriers, Siem Reap Airways and Shandong Airlines, will be added to travellers' choice of carriers by the end of this year.


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Old October 7th, 2005, 07:06 PM   #1182
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Cargo handling set for $300m upgrade
Hong Kong Airport Authority, the government-owned unit which runs the airport, plans to spend HK$300 million to add another 10 cargo stands by 2007 to capture the growing cargo market.

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Friday, October 07, 2005

Hong Kong Airport Authority, the government-owned unit which runs the airport, plans to spend HK$300 million to add another 10 cargo stands by 2007 to capture the growing cargo market.

"We are still optimistic on the cargo market outlook as there has been an 11 percent growth in the first eight months," Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip said Thursday.

Hong Kong International Airport handled more than 3.1 million tonnes in 2004, up 15 percent over the same period in 2003.

Ip said the government expects full- year traffic volume to meet the 3.4 million tonnes target, for growth of 9.6 percent.

To handle rising traffic volumes, HKAA has built four cargo stands since June, taking the total to 25. The authority decided to add 10 more cargo stands by 2007.

Of the total cargo traffic volume in the first eight months this year, 300,000 tonnes was express cargo, up 25 percent from the same period last year, HKAA chief executive David Pang said.

"Express cargo continues to be the fastest-growing segment of our aviation logistics business," Pang said.

The fast-growing express cargo market has prompted DHL to announce a US$110 million (HK$858 million) investment to double the capacity of its express cargo terminal at Hong Kong's airport. When completed in 2007, it will be the first large-scale automated express cargo hub in Asia-Pacific, DHL said. "We're expanding six years ahead of schedule to grow our market share and maintain our position in the region," said Scott Price, Asia-Pacific chief executive for DHL Express. "Hong Kong is a mature market while China is still developing."

More than 70 percent of DHL's China inbound and outbound shipments are routed through Hong Kong. In 2004, the hub handled more than 22 million shipments, over 60 percent of which were intra-Asia shipments. The hub is expected to handle more than 30 million shipments by the end of 2005.

The new terminal will increase the DHL hub's parcel-sorting capacity to 35,000 pieces per hour from 20,000, and its document-handling capacity from 15,000 per hour to 40,000.

Meanwhile, Asia Airfreight Terminal, based in Singapore, said it is investing HK$1.75 billion to triple its air cargo handling capacity in Hong Kong to over 1.5 million tonnes per year by the end of 2006.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 07:16 PM   #1183
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HKIA welcomes DHL Central Asia SuperHub

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Old October 12th, 2005, 03:47 AM   #1185
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Oasis moves closer to take-off as rival shelves objection - HKEA backs down to stem 'drain on resources' ahead of spring launch
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12 October 2005
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Hong Kong Eagle Aviation (HKEA) has dropped its objection to a licensing application from Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, bringing the budget start-up carrier one step closer to a possible launch date early next year.

HKEA, a shell company created by Macau Eagle Aviation, the parent of Macau's low-cost start-up airline Wow!Macau, joined forces in June with local carrier CR Airways to lodge an objection to Oasis' application for route rights to Europe and the United States, citing procedural abnormalities.

But HKEA's management has backed down, leaving CR Airways as the sole objector. A hearing has been scheduled for November 5.

"[The objection] was becoming a drain on our management resources, especially as we are preparing to launch services from Macau in the late spring," a Macau Eagle spokesman said from the former Portuguese colony yesterday.

The two airlines are racing to beat each other to market with similar low-cost products in Hong Kong and Macau.

Both intend to deviate from the traditional low-cost operating model by offering long-haul services to European markets such as Milan.

They also look to widen their potential revenue stream by catering to air freight, a sector other budget airlines such as Ryanair and Air Asia have ignored.

The airlines had objected to Oasis' request for route rights - it wants to fly to Milan, London (Stansted), Cologne, Chicago and Oakland - because they felt the application process had been fast-tracked in Oasis' case.

The traditional process requested airlines to obtain an air operator's certificate before applying for route licences whereas Oasis was allowed to apply for both in parallel.

At an Open Skies seminar hosted by the South China Morning Post last week, Oasis chief executive Stephen Miller said he thought the objections were frivolous.

"I have no quibble with the parallel process. It seems to be very fair," Mr Miller told the delegates.

"The only caveat {hellip} is that there are objectors to this process. Anybody, any man and his dog [can object]. One of the companies that has objected to our route application is a $2 Hong Kong company [registered] in Western Samoa.

"We should have a more rigid examination of who the objector is and the merits of his objection."

Oasis had to delay a launch planned for the end of this year as the objection process runs its course.

Wow!Macau, to be renamed after objections from Lufthansa's WOW cargo alliance, is fine-tuning its sub-concession to operate from across the border.
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China Southern Airlines offers promotional fare for Hong Kong to Beijing travel
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October 7, 2005

China Southern Airlines (NYSE:ZNH) has announced a new "Fly To Beijing In Style" Business Class promotion from Hong Kong to Beijing, China.

The airline said it would operate the service with its new Airbus A330 aircraft, featuring the carrier's new flat-bed seats.

The promotional fare is HKD5,680 per person and the offer is reportedly valid through to 31 December 2005, including one free night on the Executive Floor of the Beijing Hilton or Marriott Beijing Hotel West.
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October 7, 2005
Continental Micronesia to reinstate Guam-Hong Kong service

Continental Airlines has said that Continental Micronesia will reinstate service from Guam to Hong Kong on 7 November.

The airline's Micronesia division serves Hong Kong via a stop in Saipan, Pacific Business News reported.

Continental said that the new service will allow travellers from Hong Kong to transfer for flights to Honolulu, Hawaii after a one-hour layover in Guam.
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12 October 2005
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DRAGONAIR WELCOMES THE EXTENSION OF THE INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL SCHEME

(HONG KONG) Dragonair welcomes the announcement in today's Chief Executive's Policy Address that the Individual Travel Scheme will be extended to four more China Mainland cities namely Chengdu, Jinan, Shenyang and Dalian from November 1, 2005.

Dragonair's CEO Stanley Hui said, "We believe the extension of the Scheme will provide a boost to the China Mainland's outbound travel market and will benefit related sectors in Hong Kong, including the travel, hotel and retail sectors."

"As the China-expert, Dragonair is well-positioned to take advantage of this development and to meet the rising demand for travel from these cities. We will continue to explore the resulting opportunities in terms of new destinations and increased frequencies," Hui added.

Dragonair is now offering 14 flights per week to Chengdu and two flights per week to Dalian.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 10:43 AM   #1191
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Cargo Traffic Up at Hong Kong Airport
Sunday October 16, 2:17 am ET
Cargo Traffic Increases 9.2 Percent in Sept. at Hong Kong Airport, an All-Time Monthly Record

HONG KONG (AP) -- Cargo traffic at the Hong Kong International Airport rose 9.2 percent to 304,000 metric tons (334,400 short tons) in September from a year earlier, reaching an all-time monthly record, the airport said Sunday.
In the first six months of the fiscal year ended September, the airport recorded 11.3 percent on-year growth in cargo traffic. It handled more than 1.7 million metric tons (1.87 million short tons) of cargo during the period.

Passenger traffic in September also grew, jumping 8.5 percent to 3.3 million passengers from the same month last year, the airport said.

The national "Golden Week" holiday in mainland China contributed significantly to the passenger growth and increased aircraft movement, with 812 flights recorded on Sept. 30, the day before the weeklong holiday began.
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Asia's Largest 4D Cinema at SkyPlaza
Set to Become a Major Tourist Attraction


(HONG KONG, 19 October 2005) - Hot on the heels of Hong Kong Disneyland and the "Ngong Ping 360" another blockbuster tourist and entertainment hub is emerging on the Lantau Island.

The world's first 4D EXTREME SCREEN, a joint project involving Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), Multiplex Cinema Limited (MCL) and SimEx-Iwerks, is scheduled for opening in July 2006 at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)'s SkyPlaza. Providing a sensory cinematic experience unlike anything cinema goers have ever encountered, the 4D EXTREME SCREEN is set to become a distinctive core attraction on Lantau Island.

Boasting Asia's largest 4D cinema screen, the 4D EXTREME SCREEN is over four stories high, integrating cutting-edge projection system technologies provided by SimEx-Iwerks, the world leader in three-dimensional special effects entertainment.

Unlike conventional 2D or 3D movie theatres, the 4D EXTREME SCREEN will employ the latest F/X special visual and audio effects that bring strikingly real three-dimensional images right before audiences' eyes, while simultaneously allowing them to experience sensory thrills timed to the visual action. Cinema goers watching 4D movies can wade through drifting snow, splash in water and breathe in pleasant outdoor fragrances.

AA Commercial Director Hans Bakker said, "This cinema will add a new fourth dimension to airport experience that will appeal to air, sea and land passengers, meeters and greeters, exhibition visitors and local residents alike."

"This attraction will provide an entertainment venue for many of our transfer passengers with a long dwelling time and for leisure visitors using our multi-modal transport facilities. Further, this 330-seat cinema venue can be used to complement the new exhibition centre during its peak season and can also be used by our many airport partners."

"An international transfer hub with a 4D cinema at HKIA is the world's first in aviation industry. This is a further illustration that HKIA is more than an airport and offers a competitive edge over other airports in the region," he added.

Recently released 4D movies provided by SimEx-Iwerks range from flying adventures in the open sky and Outerspace exploration to Pirate adventures on the high seas and Underwater quests beneath the waves. The 4D EXTREME SCREEN dares audiences to plunge into the unprecedented thrilling experiences, which are suitable for the young and the elderly alike.

The following are the key features of SkyPlaza's 4D EXTREME SCREEN:

Asia's largest 4D cinema screen, which at 64 ft X 44 ft is over four storey high;
Cutting-edge Academy Award winning Iwerks 8/70 Linear Loop projection technology;
The most advanced and varied F/X devices;
The latest audio equipment and effects;
Exclusive showings of a wide programme of 4D EXTREME SCREEN movies, produced to the most exacting international standards;
"4-in-1" multipurpose capabilities: the 4D EXTREME SCREEN Cinema can screen 2D; 3D and 4D films in 35mm and 70mm formats and is fully equipped with large-scale conference facilities.

The new 4D cinema will be an anchor attraction to SkyPlaza, which is located on the east side of the existing passenger terminal building (Terminal One). It will house the second passenger terminal, a coach station for cross-boundary routes, and also 35,000 sqm of retail, catering and entertainment areas.

A "People Mover System" will link SkyPlaza to Terminal One and will be extended to a new permanent ferry terminal (SkyPier). The integrated SkyPlaza development will provide office space for business partners as well as for AA's headquarters. SkyPlaza is at the heart of SkyCity, a complex that houses a new international exhibition centre (AsiaWorld-Expo), a 9-hole golf course, a hotel and the cross-boundary SkyPier.

An entertainment expert, the Managing Director of Intercontinental Group (the parent company of MCL) Rigo Jesu said, "We have every confidence that with the combination of the prime location in Hong Kong International Airport's SkyCity and SimEx-Iwerks' state-of-the-art technology, the 4D cinema will become the most comprehensive and outstanding focal point for visitors not merely in Hong Kong, but in the whole of Asia -- adding a whole new dimension to the territory's tourism and entertainment industries."

SimEx-Iwerks' Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Michael Needham said, "We are very excited to collaborate with the AA to create the world's largest 4D screen and the only multi-format "4 in 1" cinema at the world's best airport for its 40 million passengers to enjoy."

Background information of Multiplex Cinema Limited (MCL) and SimEx-Iwerks, AA's business partners in the 4D Cinema:

SkyPlaza's 4D EXTREME SCREEN will be operated by Multiplex Cinema Limited (MCL), a subsidiary of the Intercontinental Group, a well-respected leader in Hong Kong's entertainment industry with 36 years of history behind it. A multi-faceted corporation, apart from the distributions of film and home video products, Intercontinental Group also develops and manages cinemas as well as specializes in publicity, promotion and entertainment marketing.

SimEx-Iwerks creates specialty film based attractions that integrate Extreme Screen™ technologies; 3D Projection; 4D Seats; In Theatre Special Effects and Motion Simulation for the world's major entertainment players. SimEx-Iwerks has installed 245 attractions in theme and amusement parks, entertainment centers; themed environments; museums; science centers; zoos; aquariums; planetariums; shopping centers; cinema multiplexes; destination centers; casinos and resorts in over 35 countries. SimEx-Iwerks supports these clients with a custom library of 150 films and a worldwide service network.


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Old October 20th, 2005, 01:50 PM   #1195
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Dragonair : DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH POSTED IN FIRST NINE MONTHS OF YEAR
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(HONG KONG) Dragonair flew 3,692,930 passengers in the first three quarters of the year, a jump of 11% over the same period last year, while freight shipments climbed 15.8% to 278,301 tonnes in the first nine months of the year when compared with January-September 2004.

"This is very healthy growth given the general background against which we have been operating," said CEO Stanley Hui. "We are facing greater competition, higher operating costs mainly due to oil prices and a recent period of bad weather, so the performance to date is very pleasing.

"Many of those factors will persist into the fourth quarter - especially the pressure from high oil prices, which appear to be having a dampening effect on travel - but we remain cautiously optimistic about the coming months and the year as a whole in terms of headline numbers."

Meanwhile, the number of passengers flying in September rose by a slight 0.3% year-on-year to 416,417. The month-on-month figure registered a decline of 7.1% due to the larger volume of summer holiday traffic in August.

"Business traveller numbers were strong in September, but group travel declined significantly, as expected following the busier summer holiday season," said Mr. Hui. "Overall market growth appears to have levelled off for now. And, in fact, the tour group market to the Mainland and to Thailand this summer was not as strong as expected."

Cargo bounced back in September, posting a 6.0% rise month-on-month to 33,769 tonnes, while year-on-year growth was basically unchanged, at -0.2%.

"September is traditionally a better month than August for freight, and so it proved, although a few technical issues with aircraft during the month meant the level of shipments we carried was not a true reflection of the demand in the market for our services," Mr. Hui said.

"Despite this, our New York route did particularly well, driven by demand for Asian exports in the US market.

"We remain optimistic about the coming months, which are usually a busy time for air shipments."
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Cebu Pacific opens first regional office in Hong Kong
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Thursday, October 20, 2005



Philippines carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) celebrated the official opening of its first regional office in Hong Kong.

Located in Tsimshatsui East, the regional office is part of CEB's expansion. The Hong Kong centre will facilitate ticket sales and reservations and function as customer support. It also will be used to boost the airline's promotion and marketing operations in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macao, Taiwan and Japan.

The General Manager of CEB, Mr Danilo Mojica, said, "With the establishment of our new Hong Kong office, it will become more convenient for travellers to make ticket purchases and reservations. We are confident that our expansion in Hong Kong will help strengthen Cebu Pacific's presence in the region."

Joining Mr Mojica and other officiating guests at the opening ceremony, the Head of Transportation at Invest Hong Kong, Mr Benjamin Wong, welcomed the airline's decision to use Hong Kong as its regional base.

He said, "We are particularly pleased to see CEB choosing Hong Kong as the location for its first office outside the Philippines. We are confident that CEB will benefit from Hong Kong's position as Asia's leading regional aviation hub, supported by well-established infrastructure, a first-rate international airport and an experienced and talented workforce. Hong Kong's central location, strong consumption power and reliable communications make it the preferred location for airlines and travel services companies like CEB to operate in. We wish the airline all the best in its future development in Hong Kong and in the region."

Launched in 1996, CEB is the airline unit of JG Summit Holdings Inc. It is the second largest airline in the Philippines, with a fleet of ten DC9s, two B757s, two A320s and one A319 aircraft and a 30% market share on the routes that it flies. The airline plans to have 14 new aircraft by early 2007. For more information about CEB, please visit the website at www.cebupacificair.com.

Invest Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Government department charged with encouraging and facilitating inward investment into the city by providing all the support needed to establish a business presence here. For more information, please visit the website at www.investhk.gov.hk.
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Hong Kong Airport Provides Unique Service for Migrant Workers
21 October 2005
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Section: Regional News - Hong Kong's airport is the only airport in Southeast Asia offering a social service for migrant workers. The Mobile Information Service gives assistance to new arrivals and informs them about their rights.

China Airlines Flight 680 from Jakarta has landed. Two women in beige suits take up positions in the midst of the crowd at the arrival concourse, a few meters in front of the immigration counters.

They quickly spot their targets: Indonesian migrant workers, arriving in Hong Kong to start new jobs. About 40 young women, many of them wearing the bright-colored jackets of their employment agencies, approach immigration. Speaking in Bahasa Indonesian, the women in beige ask the workers to step to one side, and then they introduce their service.

The ladies, Jenny Phang and Fira, are members of a Mobile Information Service for migrant workers at Hong Kong's airport. The six members of the team are from Indonesia, the Philippines and Nepal, and can talk to arriving migrants in their own languages.

Fira explains to the women that the team offers advice on working in Hong Kong, can help with immigration procedures and answer any questions the newcomers might have.

The team then hands out information kits, which include Hong Kong government publications for migrant workers, telephone numbers for consulates and migrant organizations, and hotlines the workers can call if they need help.

While the service targets migrant workers in general, the majority of the 200 or so new arrivals the team meets each day are women taking jobs as housekeepers.

Team leader Tara Polo, who is from the Philippines, says most newcomers know very little about Hong Kong's labor regulations and services, and the information service was created to help head off problems before they occur.

"They only give an orientation there [in their home countries], but they don't even say what are their rights in Hong Kong," said Ms. Polo. "They don't even give them proper information - like medical, processing fees - they can reimburse that, it's Hong Kong law."

There are more than 220,000 foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong. More than half are from the Philippines, 43 percent are Indonesians and the rest come from other Asian countries such as Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. They are part of an army of several million Asian women working outside their own countries, most of them in other parts of Asia or the Middle East.

Hong Kong has strong laws to protect foreign workers. The government cooperates with migrant organizations, and has printed guides to educate workers about their rights. Hong Kong's Home Affairs Bureau sponsors the Mobile Information Service at the airport.

But Hong Kong also places strict controls on foreign domestic workers.

Domestic workers must leave the territory within 14 days of the end of their contract if they have not found new employment. Minimum wages for domestic workers are mandated by law, and in 2003, in the midst of a recession, the wage was cut by $52, to $422 a month.

Many domestic workers are not aware of their rights, however. Eni Lestari, chairwoman of the Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers, says many are overcharged by the employment agencies that recruited them at home, and underpaid by their employers in Hong Kong.

"More than 93 percent of them saying that they have been victimized by their agency by paying a lot of money, equaling four to seven months of salary," she said. "Secondly underpayment. From the 2,777 people we surveyed, 53 percent said they received less than what they are entitled to."

Domestic workers also complain that their employers fail to give them required days off and holidays. Some are fired without proper notice and a few are physically abused.

Indonesians are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Migrants' rights workers say employment agencies in Indonesia try to make sure that workers remain ignorant of their rights. Ms. Phang of the Mobile Information Service says some new arrivals from Indonesia are scared to talk to her group.

"I ask them, 'Why are you scared of me? I can speak Bahasa, do not [be] scared with me.' Some of them tell to me it's because their agency in Indonesia tell to them, do not talk to anyone at the airport," she explained.

Some local representatives of the Indonesian agencies, who pick up new migrant workers at the airport, take the information kits away from them, so Ms. Phang's team tells the women to write emergency numbers on a separate piece of paper and hide it.

The Hong Kong government can take legal action against agencies for taking away the information material, which is considered government property. But few women are willing to file complaints about this or other abuses, for fear of losing their jobs.
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