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Old January 18th, 2006, 05:30 AM   #1401
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AsiaWorld-Expo is open for business
The world-class facility will boost HK's position as a leading exhibition and events hub
18 January 2006
South China Morning Post

The much anticipated AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong's largest exhibition and events complex which is located at Hong Kong International Airport, was opened in December by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and senior representatives of the shareholding and management companies.

The $2.35 billion state-of-the-art facility, which is one of the largest in the region, is designed to further enhance Hong Kong's position as a leading exhibition and events hub, and to give Hong Kong the opportunity to host world-class entertainment and special events.

AsiaWorld-Expo will complement the existing first-rate facilities in the city, and together they will ensure that Hong Kong has international standard venues to meet the growing demand for exhibition and conference space.

As well as being one of the largest and most hi-tech facilities in the world, the centre is also conveniently located, and the only one in the world that combines full integration with a busy international airport and an in-venue railway station.

Visitors to AsiaWorld-Expo can walk straight from the exhibition halls to the Airport Express and connect to anywhere in Hong Kong via the MTR.

The venue provides 70,000 square metres of rentable space, with 10 state-of-the-art ground-level exhibition and events halls, including the 13,500-seat AsiaWorld-Arena, the biggest indoor entertainment arena in Hong Kong.

The AsiaWorld-Arena has been designed to host sophisticated world-class events, ranging from concerts to large-scale sporting and entertainment extravaganzas.

Built within a multimodal transport hub, AsiaWorld-Expo is just a few minutes' stroll or a one-minute train ride from the airport. This makes it easily accessible to the 35million travellers who arrive in Hong Kong each year on one of 5,000 flights a week from 144 international destinations.

Through its integration with Hong Kong International Airport, AsiaWorld-Expo is within five hours' flying time of half of the world's population. And through the comprehensive road network and cross-boundary bus services, it is less than 90 minutes from key cities in the fast-growing Pearl River Delta region, making it a valuable business platform for Hong Kong, the mainland and the rest of the world.

At the opening ceremony, Mr Tsang said that this new addition to Hong Kong's infrastructure was one of the many initiatives which the government had spearheaded in recent years.

"When we adopted the brand name 'Asia's World City' for Hong Kong a few years ago, it was intended to be partly descriptive and partly aspirational," Mr Tsang said. "We have since been working hard to live up to the promise of being a premier city in the region and beyond. With the opening of AsiaWorld-Expo, we have turned another small part of our vision into reality."
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Old January 18th, 2006, 08:57 AM   #1402
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It's really awesome and impressive airport. I have to visit HK some day.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 06:01 PM   #1403
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Hong Kong International Airport says passenger traffic rose 9.7 percent in 2005
16 January 2006

HONG KONG (AP) - Passenger traffic at Hong Kong International Airport rose 9.7 percent in 2005, fueled by strong growth in transit and transfer passengers, the city's airport authority said Monday.

The number of passengers climbed to a record 40.7 million last year, up from the previous record of 37.1 million a year earlier, Airport Authority Hong Kong said.

Cargo traffic rose 10 percent to 3.40 million metric tons (3.74 million short tons), boosted by robust demand for intra-regional trade as well as trade between Asia and the U.S. and Europe. Cargo throughput in 2004 totaled 3.09 million metric tons (3.39 million short tons).

"2005 was a remarkable year for HKIA," said Hans Bakker, the authority's commercial director. "Impressive figures aside, we made a number of breakthroughs in our business."

He said a total 10 new carriers joined the airport's air network and provide scheduled services.

In December 2005, the airport's passenger traffic rose 6.9 percent to 3.58 million, up from 3.35 million in the same month the previous year.

Opened in 1998, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok airport operates 5,000 flights a week, with a capacity to handle 45 million passengers a year. The Hong Kong government owns 100 percent of the Airport Authority, but has plans to sell part of its interest.

Executives have said a stock market listing is likely in 2006.
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Old January 19th, 2006, 03:18 AM   #1404
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Hong Kong airport foresees daily flight record

HONG KONG, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Hong Kong airport will see a record 870 flights landing or taking off on Jan. 27 ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, the Civil Aviation Department said on Wednesday.

The number of plane movements will be 27 percent higher than the daily average of 775 flights, the department said in a statement. Chinese New Year begins on Jan. 29.

The award-winning Chek Lap Kok airport, built on reclaimed land north of rural Lantau island, opened in 1998 and is an important regional trans-shipment centre and passenger hub.
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Old January 19th, 2006, 08:06 AM   #1405
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SkyPlaza Attracts Another Hong Kong First

Three Korean Themed Eateries to Mark Debut at HKIA
(Hong Kong, 18 January 2006) - Airport users will soon have even more choices of cuisines when CJ Group, Korea's largest food and food services company, opens its first-ever catering outlets in Hong Kong at Hong Kong International Airport's (HKIA) SkyPlaza this summer. The three themed eateries will also be the first restaurants from Korea ever in service at HKIA.

At today's signing ceremony with the Group, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) Dr David J Pang said, "With its catering, shopping and entertainment facilities, SkyPlaza will be a fusion point where we can provide a dynamic, unique and memorable experience for all airport users, be they air, sea and land passengers, meeters and greeters, exhibition visitors or local residents."

The three outlets, namely Morninghaz, Sarangchae and C Zen, will be located in the "Gourmet Garden" on the check-in level of SkyPlaza. A contemporary self-service and takeout cafe, the 1,200-sq-ft Morninghaz will provide a whole range of fresh organic fruit and vegetable juices, Columbian coffee, a variety of made-to-order sandwiches and freshly-baked cakes, which will be served to the finest degree, catering to the needs of customers who have an uncompromising requirement on freshness.

Customers fancying a "True Korean" experience could not miss a try at the Sarangchae. The 6,200-sq-ft colorfully decorated restaurant will provide a selection of contemporary and traditional Korean grilled, stewed, fried and noodle dishes. Cultural freaks would find the time particularly well-spent with the Korean cultural events such as traditional games and dance regularly shown at the restaurant.

The 3,000-sq-ft C Zen will present the "New Noodle Culture" concept serving truly wholesome Asian noodle dishes made with healthy and natural ingredients. It will feature a unique "Noodle Matrix" that allows customers to mix and match the types of noodles they want with a variety of sauces.

"We are delighted to see the fabulous combination of contemporary and traditional Korean dining and cultural experiences coming to SkyPlaza. SkyPlaza will introduce a variety of exciting and innovative lifestyles for visitors all under one roof, and the CJ Group outlets are a key part of this theme," said Mr. Hans Bakker, AA's Commercial Director.

Mr. Hong Han Ki, Director, CJ Food Service Co., Limited said, "We are confident that CJ Group has made the right decision in choosing SkyPlaza for our restaurants' debut in Hong Kong. Voted the world's best airport for the past five consecutive years, HKIA has one of the largest numbers of airport shoppers and diners with the most discerning taste. We have no doubt that visitors to the HKIA, especially the increasing numbers from Chinese Mainland, Taiwan and other Asian countries, will appreciate the exciting variety of cuisines that SkyPlaza will bring them."

Korean star actress Park Eun-Hye and local singer Andy Hui are invited to celebrate the occasion at this ceremony, symbolizing the international and entertainment elements that SkyPlaza combines. At the signing event, they introduced a variety of traditional Korean and Chinese new year food.

In addition to the three catering outlets under CJ Group, SkyPlaza will house a number of Hong Kong "firsts". Travelex Finance and Travel Service Centre will be the first ever one-stop shop in Hong Kong for travel planning, insurance and money exchange. There will also be cultural products from the Chinese Mainland such as Yinghua chopsticks as well as arts and crafts products from Hangzhou. The Jewellery Gallery by Chow Sang Sang will exhibit special award winning design pieces regularly. Other first-time arrivals include new leather brands from the UK, Hidesign, and from Paris, Louis Quatorze, as well as Kaloo, the baby lifestyle store from France.

Scheduled for opening in the third quarter of 2006, SkyPlaza has received nearly 600 Expressions of Interest from local and overseas retail and catering brands for its 135 available outlets. AA expects to announce the final selection of retailers in the first quarter of 2006. SkyPlaza will house the second passenger terminal and an aviation-themed shopping Mecca. It is an integral part and core development project of HKIA's SkyCity Complex that includes an international exhibition center Asia World-Expo, a 9-hole golf course, the SkyPier, a hotel and two office towers.
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Old January 20th, 2006, 03:46 AM   #1406
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Costs cast shadow over Dragonair's record run
Airline's passenger and cargo surge may not offset higher expenses, say analysts
19 January 2006
South China Morning Post

A record volume of passengers and cargo traffic for Hong Kong Dragon Airlines last year was unlikely to have compensated for the carrier's rapid fleet expansion and higher operating costs, analysts say.

The airline for the first time carried more than five million passengers and increased its cargo volumes 12.5 per cent to 385,000 tonnes.

But analysts said a double-digit expansion of its passenger and cargo capacities- along with higher fuel prices - was likely to have put pressure on earnings.

The average price of a barrel of jet fuel rose a comparative 43 per cent last year to US$67.90.

Dragonair declined to say whether a record year of moving travellers and freight fully offset the higher cost environment but chief executive Stanley Hui Hon-chung said some responses had helped ease the burden.

"The high fuel price put a lot of pressure on operating costs last year while various measures such as hedging and fuel surcharges helped mitigate the impact on the bottom line," Mr Hui said.

"Stronger volumes also helped offset part of the additional costs brought about by higher fuel prices. We believe fuel costs will continue to be a wild card this year, so we will do all we can to control other costs and generate more revenue with the aim of delivering overall growth."

The carrier applied a fuel surcharge of $93 per flight for all of its passenger destinations.

An analyst for a western investment bank yesterday said Dragonair's fortunes declined as the year progressed, bottoming out last month when its passenger load factor - the percentage of available seats filled - fell 3.8 percentage points year on year.

"The business peaked early and in terms of momentum, it declined for the rest of the year," he said.

Dragonair flew more than 421,000 travellers for the month, up 6.8 per cent year on year but it also had 10 per cent more seats to fill.

With competition at all-time highs on the Kangaroo route and fuel costs rising, the airline abandoned plans to launch flights to Sydney in October, prompting it to offload aircraft and crew earmarked for the service.

Dragonair, which is thought to have posted earnings of about $665 million last year, ramped up services to the Yangtze River Delta region in the second half, increasing flights to Shanghai and Hangzhou.

The market saw the added flights as competitive responses to Hong Kong Express and Cathay Pacific which may be awarded passenger services to Shanghai before the end of the year. But Dragonair also struggled to fill the extra seats.

"They wet-leased two aircraft to Air China which helped cap the capacity expansion and stabilise load factors," said Karen Chan, aviation analyst for Credit Suisse First Boston. "But I don't think [last year was] a good year for Dragonair, just as with other airlines."
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Old January 21st, 2006, 07:43 AM   #1407
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Dragonair Dec Passengers Up 6.8%, Cargo Up 8.1%
18 January 2006

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong's Dragon Airlines Ltd. said Wednesday its passenger traffic in December rose 6.8% from the year-earlier month, underpinned by demand for its routes to and from mainland China.

Hong Kong's second-biggest airline by revenue, after Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK), carried 421,266 passengers in Dec. 2005, up from 394,577 in the year-earlier month.

In November, its passenger traffic rose 9.7% from November 2004 to 440,416 passengers.

Its cargo volume in December rose 8.1% to 36,805 tons, from 34,034 tons in December 2004.

For full-year 2005, Dragonair carried a record 5.03 million passengers, up 9.9% from the previous record of 4.58 million in 2004. Its cargo volume last year rose 12.5% to 385,000 tons from 342,413 tons.

"The results are good considering the difficult operating environment we endured, with record prices for oil and greater competition," said Dragonair Chief Executive Stanley Hui in a statement.

"We see no end to the tough operating environment this year, but we aim to continue to deliver healthy growth."

From Hong Kong, Dragonair flies to over 30 destinations across the Asia-Pacific region, while its cargo network connects Europe, the Middle East, Japan, Taiwan and China.

The unlisted company's major shareholders are China National Aviation Co. (1110.HK), which holds a 43.3% stake; CITIC Pacific Ltd. (0267.HK), with 29.4%; Cathay Pacific, with 17.8%; and Swire Pacific Ltd. (0019.HK), which holds 7.7%.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 07:28 AM   #1408
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來往港日五航班延誤
24/01/2006



【本報訊】受到日本大風雪影響,昨日最少有五班往來本港及日本的航機延誤,其中一班由香港飛往東京的航機更延誤五小時,幸而大部分本港到日本的旅行團都能如期出發。

機管局指出,截至昨晚六時,共有四班抵港航班延誤四十分鐘至近四小時,另外一班前往東京的日本航空公司航班延誤約五小時,亦有一航班因調動取消。日本航空表示,航班昨已陸續恢復正常。

東瀛遊最少有兩個日本團受班機延誤影響要延遲五小時出發,新華旅遊亦有一團受影響。參加東瀛遊日本團的陳先生昨表示,航班延誤數小時可以接受。

此外,港人周先生全家原定前日早上乘搭九時四十分的航班出發,但班機延誤,航空公司要周氏一家回家等候安排,後來安排轉乘昨早十時四十分的航班。他抱怨航空公司安排失當,建議成立專櫃處理問題。
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Old January 25th, 2006, 12:26 AM   #1409
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Hundreds back home after snow brings Tokyo to a standstill
23 January 2006
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Hundreds of passengers returned to Hong Kong yesterday after being stranded at Tokyo's international airport for more than a day because of a severe snowstorm in the Japanese capital.

The 685 passengers on three Cathay Pacific flights were among nearly 10,000 travellers stranded over the weekend at Narita Airport after 51 international flights were cancelled due to the snowstorm.

They returned to Hong Kong yesterday after being stranded for between 22 and 27 hours, with the last group arriving at 8.30pm.

Yesterday, 16 flights between Tokyo and Hong Kong were either delayed or cancelled as of 5pm. A tour group scheduled to leave early yesterday for Hokkaido had to wait until the afternoon before it could depart.

A Cathay spokeswoman said although not everyone received accommodation, they were supplied with enough food and blankets during the delay. Five Cathay flights bound for Japan were delayed for up to five hours yesterday, but the situation was improving.

Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said no complaints had been received.

The season's first snowfall in the greater Tokyo region was 9cm deep in the centre of the capital on Saturday, the heaviest in eight years.

At Narita Airport, apart from the 51 cancelled flights, a further 90 or so flights were delayed because workers were unable to remove snow from the runways quickly enough.

"A total of 9,690 passengers were stranded overnight at the two terminals. We provided blankets and extended the time for air conditioning and lighting to accommodate them in the lobbies," an airport official said.

"We also opened special paid waiting lounges free of charge."

At Tokyo's domestic Haneda Airport, about 100 flights were cancelled on Saturday, disrupting the travel plans for 14,000 passengers.

By noon yesterday, at least 125 people had suffered broken bones and other injuries in Tokyo after slipping in the snow, fire officials said.

About 200 others were reported hurt in nearby prefectures.

It usually snows lightly only a few times a year in the Tokyo region, located on the warmer Pacific side of Japan's main island.
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Old January 26th, 2006, 10:38 AM   #1410
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4.5 billion to Enhance Airport Capacity and Facilities

(Hong Kong, 26 January 2006) - To capture the enormous growth opportunities ahead, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has earmarked $4.5 billion for a series of facility and capacity enhancement projects at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

An amount of $1.5 billion will be expended on the passenger terminal while the remaining $3 billion will be earmarked for the airfield. To be implemented in phases, all the projects are expected to be completed by 2010.

Dr David J Pang, AA's Chief Executive Officer said, "AA continues to take a proactive role to provide sufficient facilities just in time to capture the growth and development of the robust aviation industry and to further strengthen the world's hub status of HKIA. To continue to exceed customers' expectation, we strive to provide a pleasant ambience as well as a unique, memorable and dynamic airport experience for all airport users through these projects. "

New records were set in all traffic figures in terms of passengers, cargo and aircraft movements, and 10 new airlines started their operation last year at HKIA. 2006 is expected to be another year of strong growth. To ensure an efficient and smooth passenger flow in face of the anticipated growth, AA will invest more than $1.5 billion to undertake a series of capacity enhancement works in the passenger terminal building.

One of the key projects will be the enhancement of Arrivals Central Concourse, where its corridor will be widened by removing some existing offices. The ambience will be improved by changing the facade to full height glass cladding, which will brighten up the concourse and give passengers an open view of the aircraft apron.

Numerous facilities will also be added to enhance the increasing passenger flow. Transfer desks and immigration counters at arrivals level will be increased from 44 to 70 and from 125 to 147 respectively. Security channels at both arrivals level and departures level will also be increased from 9 to 15 and 16 to 22 respectively.

Boosted by continuous growth of passengers, there will be an inevitably increasing demand for flights, especially small aircraft. To cater for the change in aircraft mix and the future needs of extra parking stands, AA will invest more than $1 billion to construct a new concourse which is designed to support the movement of small aircraft. Close to the existing passenger terminal, the new Satellite Concourse will be linked with 10 bridge-served aircraft stands. A total of 11 parking stands will also be upgraded.

At the airfield, a total of 10 additional cargo stands and taxiways will be constructed to enhance operational efficiency and facilitate the air freighter movement. Upon completion, the total number of cargo stands at HKIA will be increased to 35.

To facilitate the operation of new giant A380 aircraft at HKIA, the taxiway shoulders will be widened while the parking bay servicing facilities will be upgraded to comply with the aerodrome licensing requirements.

In addition to these enhancement projects, five new parking stands tailored for low fare carriers and other carriers that require quick turnaround are under construction and will be ready for operation in April.

Mr Howard Eng, AA's Airport Management Director said, "All these projects are essential to the continuous growth of HKIA with more small aircraft operating at HKIA and coming into service of jumbo A380 aircraft in the middle of the year."

These enhancement projects will tie in with the development of the SkyCity project comprising SkyPlaza, AsiaWorld-Expo, a four-star hotel, a golf course and a cross boundary ferry pier. When fully completed, HKIA will become an attractive destination in its own right.

In view of the long term nature of the airport business, AA is also working on the HKIA 2025 Master Plan, which will set the growth strategy for the development of the airport in the next two decades.


http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/pr/pr_821.html

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Old January 26th, 2006, 06:01 PM   #1411
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Old January 26th, 2006, 08:47 PM   #1412
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But that's Hong Kong dollars though.... so that's in reality like $212.75 dollars. (two hundred twelve dollars and seventy-five cents)
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Old January 26th, 2006, 08:49 PM   #1413
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Old January 26th, 2006, 09:58 PM   #1414
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i'm curious how they're gonna link the new 'mini'-satellite terminal to the existing Y-terminal..

and i'm getting increasingly worried about these minor expansions... i mean they're great from a practical point of view.. but i can see them not using famous architects but rather AA is opting for some lower-cost international architectural practices which mainly focus on local jobs (aedas)... mmm.. will they really fit in? that's a question which we'll wait to see..
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Old January 27th, 2006, 02:30 AM   #1415
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good news for hk.
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Old January 27th, 2006, 03:04 AM   #1416
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But that's Hong Kong dollars though.... so that's in reality like $212.75 dollars. (two hundred twelve dollars and seventy-five cents)
hahahahah. Personally, I think your geography is a bit off. Perhaps you're thinking Indonesia (9500 Rupiah = 1 USD) instead?

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i'm curious how they're gonna link the new 'mini'-satellite terminal to the existing Y-terminal..
I'd guess the people-mover that currently runs out to the far end of the existing terminal would be extended. Or maybe a frequent bus service (shudders)

For the extension from Skymall, anyone know whether they're adding another trainset though to handle the increased demand? Last few times I've had to take the train to the far gates, it's been very very crowded.

As far as I can see, they're using the two trainsets on a rotation. As I recall, they used to operate one train exclusively for people going to the far gates and the other exclusively for arrivals.

Anyone else here think that in the renderings, Skymall looks a bit ...um... boxy?

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Old January 27th, 2006, 03:13 AM   #1417
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To cater for the change in aircraft mix and the future needs of extra parking stands, AA will invest more than $1 billion to construct a new concourse which is designed to support the movement of small aircraft. Close to the existing passenger terminal, the new Satellite Concourse will be linked with 10 bridge-served aircraft stands. A total of 11 parking stands will also be upgraded.
I require pics of this new satellite concourse!
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hahahahah. Personally, I think your geography is a bit off. Perhaps you're thinking Indonesia (9500 Rupiah = 1 USD) instead?



I'd guess the people-mover that currently runs out to the far end of the existing terminal would be extended. Or maybe a frequent bus service (shudders)

For the extension from Skymall, anyone know whether they're adding another trainset though to handle the increased demand? Last few times I've had to take the train to the far gates, it's been very very crowded.

As far as I can see, they're using the two trainsets on a rotation. As I recall, they used to operate one train exclusively for people going to the far gates and the other exclusively for arrivals.

Anyone else here think that in the renderings, Skymall looks a bit ...um... boxy?
the train can be extended to add more capacity
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http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/pr/pr_821.html

I figured out from this rendering, as well as the video available in atv news (check atv.com.hk and go to the online tv section, and click news. 1/26/2006 news at around 16:45 mins into the video) that the location of this new terminal is the north side of the current PTB (somewhere northwest of the skymall). That big square of off-terminal stands would be the location of this new terminal. Video from news show there would be APM connecting it. I personnally think it is a bad idea to put the terminal there. Why not put it on the west side of the current PTB? there is a triangle off-terminal stand area, and the current APM system already run under it (the track was constructed up to around the control tower when the airport was completed in 1998)
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Old January 27th, 2006, 11:11 AM   #1420
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btw, the ME assitant professor interview right after that video would make some very stupid comments. Like saying airplane usually take off to the south to avoid Tai Mo Shan (Mountain). And then "go around garden" saying taking consideration of bad weather etc. I think the hk civil aviation department knows a million times better than what this guy is trying to "teach"
Well, ATV is famous for interviewing the wrong people all the time. The worst i have seen is asking some electrical engineer for some ME problems.
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