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Old December 14th, 2005, 03:10 PM   #1321
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盼助所有港人環遊世界
2005年12月14日

【明報專訊】「希望全香港700萬人,各階層都能夠環遊世界,令下一代能擴闊視野。」就是這個理想,令從未沾手航空業的李卓民夫婦,創辦甘泉航空,走上艱辛的創業之路。

李卓民及其太太李黃慧恂以往主要於美國從事物業投資,包括購入整幢物業翻新再出租出售業務。「很多物業的確有其致命傷,但只要眼於優點,再包裝亦可有獲利的空間。」

油價高企,行業併購,市場對航空業的前景不免悲觀,正於此時候,李卓民夫婦回港創立甘泉航空,「人棄我取」似乎正引證二人以往的投資策略。

信仰指導創業 南區當牧師

他們現時要辦的是全球首間經營廉價長途航空公司,面對的挑戰實在相當巨大。為確實了解客戶的需要,兩夫婦更親身到德國,到倫敦的機場,實地考察當地機場情,落機到入境要步行多久,交通接駁如何。「你都不會去的地方,怎可以叫你的客人去﹖」因此兩夫婦選擇德國最寒冷時的二月啟程。

於本港南區一家教會擔任牧師的李卓民,與同樣是基督徒李太都承認信仰對兩人創業有相當重大的關係,李指宗教令他們有使命感,希望能為香港人做些事情。
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Old December 15th, 2005, 07:16 PM   #1322
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Hactl awarded TAPA-Cargo Terminal Best Security Practices compliance certification
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(13th December 2005, Hong Kong) Hactl announced today that it has been awarded the TAPA-Cargo Terminal Best Security Practices compliance certification, after an audit conducted by independent certification body SGS Hong Kong Limited.

The TAPA-Cargo Terminal Best Security Practices is established by the Technology Asset Protection Association (TAPA) as an international standard of security for handling high-tech shipments at air cargo terminals around the world. Certified air cargo terminals go through a rigorous certification process which includes an audit of a wide spectrum of security measures as well as procedures by a TAPA-approved certification body. The TAPA-Cargo Terminal Best Security Practices compliance certificate is valid for two years, after which the air cargo terminal will be re-audited to ensure compliance on an on-going basis.

Hactl is the first air cargo terminal in the world to be awarded the TAPA-Cargo Terminal Best Security Practices compliance certification. The Company took on board the TAPA certification for the Cargo Warehouse category last year.

Mr. K.K. Au, Hactl's Manager, Security Services said, "We are pleased to obtain the Cargo Terminal Best Security Practices compliance certification. Maintaining a stringent level of cargo security is a principle to which Hactl holds strongly. This certification manifests our commitment to shippers around the world an internationally recognised security standard, and offers them a complete peace of mind when their shipments go through our cargo terminal. It helps to set the industry benchmark for global airfreight security, and is indeed another step forward in our continual drive to uphold the competitive edge of Hong Kong as the regional air cargo hub."

Mrs. Rosita Swain, Asia Security Director of Intel Semiconductor Limited and Vice Chairperson of TAPA-Asia, said, "We put forward the Cargo Terminal Best Security Practices for air cargo terminals to play a more significant role in logistics chain as more and more high-tech products are being transported by air. We are confident that with Hactl taking the lead in the Cargo Terminal Best Security Practices compliance certification, there will be positive change in security practices in air cargo terminals around the world."

About Hactl
Hactl is the leading air cargo terminal operator in Hong Kong, handling 80% of Hong Kong International Airport's general cargo throughput. At its headquarters at SuperTerminal 1, Hactl provides physical cargo handling, documentation handling, freighter ramp handling as well as logistics support services for over 70 airlines and 1,000 freight forwarders. The Company was voted "Air Cargo Terminal of the Year" for four consecutive years from 2002 to 2005 at the Asia Logistics Awards. It was also named "Best Air Cargo Terminal - Asia" at the 2005 Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards.

About TAPA
TAPA is a global organisation comprises security professionals from high technology companies and their business partners. TAPA's objective is to enhance security of high-technology products through the establishment of Freight Security Requirements as well as Cargo Terminal Best Security Practices. These sets of best practices stipulates the minimum requirement of security standards with which high-tech products and materials are handled, warehoused, and transported as they move along the logistics chain. TAPA is represented by TAPA-Asia in the Asia Pacific region.
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Old December 15th, 2005, 07:18 PM   #1323
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Old December 16th, 2005, 01:11 PM   #1324
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which airlines goes to HK the most frequently, besides HK's own airlines companies?
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Old December 16th, 2005, 05:36 PM   #1325
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From a brief analysis of the 16 December schedules from HKIA :
China Eastern - 30 arrivals
China Airlines - 19
China Southern - 18
EVA - 7
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Old December 17th, 2005, 05:21 PM   #1326
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Old December 17th, 2005, 06:04 PM   #1327
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Polar Air Cargo Returns One Hong Kong Frequency
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Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings subsidiary Polar Air Cargo returned to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation one U.S.-Hong Kong fifth-freedom cargo frequency that it used to operate between Hong Kong and Jakarta.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 06:49 PM   #1328
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My nans been on about an airport.

Kaitack airport...is it a new airport or just a new name.


Also is it in new territories?
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Old December 18th, 2005, 07:21 AM   #1329
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My nans been on about an airport.

Kaitack airport...is it a new airport or just a new name.


Also is it in new territories?
Kai Tak International was the old airport that closed in 1998. It was located in the heart of Kowloon and planes had to descend above the densely-populated residential areas before making a sharp turn to the runway. It was a major training airport for pilots since autopilot can't be programmed to land there. The new one at Chek Lap Kok replaced Kai Tak.
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Old December 18th, 2005, 08:14 PM   #1330
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Old December 18th, 2005, 08:30 PM   #1331
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Hi hkskyline,

I heard the number of tourists of HKIA will be surpassed by some mainland cities, like Beijing or Shanghai........I wonder if it is correct.
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Old December 18th, 2005, 08:54 PM   #1332
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Hi hkskyline,

I heard the number of tourists of HKIA will be surpassed by some mainland cities, like Beijing or Shanghai........I wonder if it is correct.
Are you talking about the composition of visitor arrivals? HKIA doesn't release statistics by country of origin / citizenship. The best I can do is to extrapolate based on visitor arrival statistics from the Hong Kong Tourism Board (much easier than going through each airline to find route statistics, which aren't always released to the public anyway).

Looking at Jan-June 2005 visitor arrival statistics from the HKTB,

Mainland China accounted for 53.6% of visitor arrivals at 5,883,791 while long-haul markets vary :
Europe, Africa, Middle East : 809,681 / 7.4%
Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific : 290,454 / 2.6%
The Americas : 751,792 / 6.8%

Thus I won't be surprised if about half of the passengers using HKIA would be mainlanders. However, we must consider that not all the mainland visitors fly into Hong Kong and Hong Kongers are major travellers ourselves and these trips are not recorded in HKTB's visitor statistics.
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Old December 18th, 2005, 10:58 PM   #1333
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Actually, I mean the passenger flow of HKIA will be surpassed by some mainland airports this year.

According to the statistcis issued by HKIA, the passenger flow of HKIA increased by 6.2% only in November, the result is a little disappointed for me. Simultaneously, most of mainland airports recorded sharp increase..............That's why I wonder if they will surpass HKIA this year in terms of number of passengers.

By the way, do you think HK express airlines and Oasis HK can boost the passenger flow of HKIA at high rate?

Sorry for misleading you anyway!!!!!
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Old December 19th, 2005, 01:18 AM   #1334
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In 2004 Beijing was only just behind Hong Kong for total passengers and growing even faster. The combined total of Shanghai Pudong and Hongqiao airports is also closing in (slightly behind Beijing). Hong Kong is disadvantaged by the fact that Chinese need a visa to go there - even if it's failry easy to obtian - and by the fact that Cathay Pacific is so restricted from operating mainland Chinese services. I know they codeshare with Dragonair but it puts Hong Kong at a major disadvantage all the same....
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Old December 19th, 2005, 04:41 AM   #1335
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In 2004 Beijing was only just behind Hong Kong for total passengers and growing even faster. The combined total of Shanghai Pudong and Hongqiao airports is also closing in (slightly behind Beijing). Hong Kong is disadvantaged by the fact that Chinese need a visa to go there - even if it's failry easy to obtian - and by the fact that Cathay Pacific is so restricted from operating mainland Chinese services. I know they codeshare with Dragonair but it puts Hong Kong at a major disadvantage all the same....
HKIA was never intended to be a regional hub airport for all of China. It doesn't make sense geographically to connect in Hong Kong to Shanghai or Beijing from Europe or North America. Beijing and Shanghai are large enough cities to sustain their own direct flights. Foreign carriers are increasing their frequencies to China direct, but not at the expense of Hong Kong traffic. One example is Finnair, which is keeping its Hong Kong frequencies while launching Guangzhou flights. BA's HK services are not cut because they desire to fly to more mainland cities.

Rather, the key to Hong Kong's success is increased tourism, especially with the relaxed visa requirements. As more mainlanders visit Hong Kong, HKIA traffic will definitely benefit, and the growth rates show just that.
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Year to date International Passenger Traffic (From ACI web-site)


January - August 2005



Last update: November 14 2005

International Passengers

Airport Total %Chg

1 LONDON, GB (LHR) 40 940 398 1.4

2 PARIS, FR (CDG) 32 802 863 5.1

3 FRANKFURT, DE (FRA) 29 925 947 3.3

4 AMSTERDAM, NL (AMS) 29 525 386 3.7

5 HONG KONG, CN (HKG) 26 321 000 11.3

6 SINGAPORE, SG (SIN) 19 995 135 7.9

7 LONDON, GB (LGW) 19 711 516 5.8

8 TOKYO, JP (NRT) 17 858 893 3.0

9 BANGKOK, TH (BKK) 17 413 198 3.9

10 SEOUL, KR (ICN) 17 268 784 11.0

11 DUBAI, AE (DXB) 15 783 112 13.8

12 MADRID, ES (MAD) 14 775 465 10.7

13 LONDON, GB (STN) 12 979 679 8.0

14 TAIPEI, TW (TPE) 12 967 676 9.5

15 MUNICH, DE (MUC) 12 951 490 9.1

16 MANCHESTER, GB (MAN) 12 695 785 6.4

17 NEW YORK, NY (JFK) 12 620 336 6.8

18 COPENHAGEN, DK (CPH) 12 114 512 3.8

19 LOS ANGELES, CA (LAX) 11 988 562 7.4

20 DUBLIN, IE (DUB) 11 925 014 7.6

21 TORONTO, ON, CA (YYZ) 11 716 054 7.0

22 ZURICH, CH (ZRH) 11 448 715 4.7

23 MILAN, IT (MXP) 11 043 058 9.1

24 ROME, IT (FCO) 10 945 726 8.6

25 BRUSSELS, BE (BRU) 10 874 994 3.8

26 PALMA DE MALLORCA, ES (PMI) 10 741 575 4.4

27 VIENNA, AT (VIE) 10 096 223 7.8

28 MIAMI, FL (MIA) 9 862 385 0.8

29 ANTALYA, TR (AYT) 9 843 830 18.4

30 SHANGHAI, CN (PVG) 9 562 034 20.3

Airports participating in ACI's Monthly Traffic Statistics Collection. Results are preliminary.
International Passengers. traffic performed between the designated airport and an airport in another country/territory.
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Year to date International Passenger Traffic (From ACI web-site)


January - August 2005



Last update: November 14 2005

International Passengers

Airport Total %Chg

1 LONDON, GB (LHR) 40 940 398 1.4

2 PARIS, FR (CDG) 32 802 863 5.1

3 FRANKFURT, DE (FRA) 29 925 947 3.3

4 AMSTERDAM, NL (AMS) 29 525 386 3.7

5 HONG KONG, CN (HKG) 26 321 000 11.3

6 SINGAPORE, SG (SIN) 19 995 135 7.9

7 LONDON, GB (LGW) 19 711 516 5.8

8 TOKYO, JP (NRT) 17 858 893 3.0

9 BANGKOK, TH (BKK) 17 413 198 3.9

10 SEOUL, KR (ICN) 17 268 784 11.0

11 DUBAI, AE (DXB) 15 783 112 13.8

12 MADRID, ES (MAD) 14 775 465 10.7

13 LONDON, GB (STN) 12 979 679 8.0

14 TAIPEI, TW (TPE) 12 967 676 9.5

15 MUNICH, DE (MUC) 12 951 490 9.1

16 MANCHESTER, GB (MAN) 12 695 785 6.4

17 NEW YORK, NY (JFK) 12 620 336 6.8

18 COPENHAGEN, DK (CPH) 12 114 512 3.8

19 LOS ANGELES, CA (LAX) 11 988 562 7.4

20 DUBLIN, IE (DUB) 11 925 014 7.6

21 TORONTO, ON, CA (YYZ) 11 716 054 7.0

22 ZURICH, CH (ZRH) 11 448 715 4.7

23 MILAN, IT (MXP) 11 043 058 9.1

24 ROME, IT (FCO) 10 945 726 8.6

25 BRUSSELS, BE (BRU) 10 874 994 3.8

26 PALMA DE MALLORCA, ES (PMI) 10 741 575 4.4

27 VIENNA, AT (VIE) 10 096 223 7.8

28 MIAMI, FL (MIA) 9 862 385 0.8

29 ANTALYA, TR (AYT) 9 843 830 18.4

30 SHANGHAI, CN (PVG) 9 562 034 20.3

Airports participating in ACI's Monthly Traffic Statistics Collection. Results are preliminary.
International Passengers. traffic performed between the designated airport and an airport in another country/territory.
any figures per airport, all passengers not only international ? the first US airport is only 17th whereas they are at first places when you take into account all passengers
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Old December 19th, 2005, 03:00 PM   #1338
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HKIA was never intended to be a regional hub airport for all of China. It doesn't make sense geographically to connect in Hong Kong to Shanghai or Beijing from Europe or North America. Beijing and Shanghai are large enough cities to sustain their own direct flights. Foreign carriers are increasing their frequencies to China direct, but not at the expense of Hong Kong traffic. One example is Finnair, which is keeping its Hong Kong frequencies while launching Guangzhou flights. BA's HK services are not cut because they desire to fly to more mainland cities.

Rather, the key to Hong Kong's success is increased tourism, especially with the relaxed visa requirements. As more mainlanders visit Hong Kong, HKIA traffic will definitely benefit, and the growth rates show just that.
It doesn't have to make perfect sense geographically. Hong Kong is not so much further from London or Los Angeles than Beijing or Shanghai. From Britain, Hong Kong is a conecting hub to Australia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. From United States it can connect to inland China and mainland SE Asia. However it could also be a connections hub to inland China from Europe given that all the other cities enjoying direct flights from Europe (Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou) are also lined along the east coast of China. If the European businessman's final destination was, say Chengdu or Chongqing, he would be going back on himself from any of these hubs. From London, Hong Kong would be preferred as a China transfer hub over Beijing or Shanghai, because there are nine direct flights per day from London to Hong Kong compared to just two or three per day to Shanghai and even less to Beijing.

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It doesn't have to make perfect sense geographically. Hong Kong is not so much further from London or Los Angeles than Beijing or Shanghai. From Britain, Hong Kong is a conecting hub to Australia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. From United States it can connect to inland China and mainland SE Asia. However it could also be a connections hub to inland China from Europe given that all the other cities enjoying direct flights from Europe (Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou) are also lined along the east coast of China. If the European businessman's final destination was, say Chengdu or Chongqing, he would be going back on himself from any of these hubs. From London, Hong Kong would be preferred as a China transfer hub over Beijing or Shanghai, because there are nine direct flights per day from London to Hong Kong compared to just two or three per day to Shanghai and even less to Beijing.
It doesn't make sense for a passenger from Europe to fly into Hong Kong and then head back north to Beijing or Shanghai. The same goes to North American passengers. However, Hong Kong will be an appropriate place to transit for flights to Southeast Asia and Australia due to geography. The mainland-bound transit traffic is not the market Hong Kong is designed for because the day will come when there is enough capacity to handle direct flights between Europe / North America and China. Hence it is not worth spending the money to lure these passengers. Mainland competitors that offer direct services are far cheaper than Cathay Pacific. Rather, direct point-to-point traffic, such as mainland tourism, is far more profitable to the entire economy. The transit market will only be sustainable for secondary cities that can't sustain direct flights. Guangzhou was one of them, but with a new airport, residents now have a choice to head to Hong Kong or fly out from home.
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Hong Kong's CR Airways to sign aircraft purchase deal with Boeing

HONG KONG, Dec 19 (AFP) - CR Airways Ltd said it will sign an agreement tomorrow to buy aircraft from Boeing Co which will complement two small 76-seater airplanes that the company is currently using.

A company spokeswoman declined to give the value of the purchase or the number of planes to be ordered.

The South China Morning Post reported, without citing sources, that CR Airways plans to buy 30 B737-800s and 10 B787s for some 3.0 billion US dollars.

CR Airways, Hong Kong's third carrier, obtained a government license in June to operate short-range flights to regional cities.

Business tycoon Li Ka-shing's family, which controls Cheung Kong and Hutchison Whampoa, has been negotiating to buy a stake in the airline.
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