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Old April 1st, 2006, 06:26 PM   #1541
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 07:40 AM   #1542
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Computer woes cause hour-long delay at airport
2 April 2006
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Hundreds of passengers endured an hour-long delay at airport immigration checkpoints yesterday after a computer breakdown.

"The immigration clearance service at the airport control point was processed manually from 12.35pm due to a system interruption," an Immigration Department spokesman said.

The system was back to normal at 1.49pm. The department did not say what caused the system failure.

At one point, about 500 passengers were queueing in the arrivals hall, with one saying his family waited for more than an hour to pass through immigration.

A Hong Kong permanent resident, who arrived on a flight from Athens via Singapore soon after midday, said: "It took us more than half an hour to get through. Usually, it takes less than five minutes. Lots of people were arriving from all over for the Rugby Sevens. They can't have thought much of Hong Kong's boast of being Asia's world city when they walked into the chaos."
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 07:40 AM   #1543
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LCQ13: Flight noise
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
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Following is the question by the Hon Albert Chan and a written reply by the Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, Mr Stephen Ip, in the Legislative Council today (March 29):

Question:

In reply to my question at the Council meeting on October 27, 2004, the Government indicated that the Civil Aviation Department had since October 1998 implemented various flight noise mitigating measures to minimise the impact on the communities near the flight path. For example, to avoid aircraft overflying densely populated areas in the early hours, arrangements were made for flights departing Hong Kong between 11pm and 7am to use the southbound route via the West Lamma Channel as far as possible, while flights arriving in Hong Kong between midnight and 7am were directed to land from the waters southwest of the airport. However, according to the data provided by the Government in its reply to my question at the Council meeting on March 2, 2005, the problem of flight noise during the above hours had worsened in the past few years. I have learnt that up till now flight noise during the above hours still often causes nuisance to residents of many housing estates, making it difficult for them to fall asleep. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the figures on flight noise levels which reached 70 to 74, 75 to 79, and up to or over 80 decibels ("dB") during the above hours, as recorded by various noise monitoring stations in the past year;

(b) of the types of aircraft the flight noise levels of which reached 80 dB or above in the past year and their operating airline companies; and

(c) whether the existing flight noise mitigating measures will be improved to reduce the nuisance caused to residents; if so, of the details?

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(a) At present, there are 16 noise monitoring terminals in Hong Kong. The noise events recorded at these terminals in 2005 are set out at Annex 1.

(b) The types of aircraft with noise events exceeding 80 dB and the operating airlines concerned are set out at Annex 2.

(c) Subject to flight safety and air traffic operation not being affected, the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has since October 1998 implemented a series of noise mitigating measures to minimise the impact of aircraft noise on the communities near the flight paths. Such measures, apart from those mentioned in the question, include:

(i) to reduce the aircraft noise impact on Tung Chung, Sham Tseng and Ma Wan, all aircraft taking-off towards the northeast are required to follow the noise abatement departure procedures prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation to reach a higher altitude within a shorter distance;

(ii) aircraft approaching from the northeast between 11pm and 7am have to adopt the Continuous Descent Approach when landing to reduce aircraft noise impact on areas such as Sai Kung, Tseung Kwan O and Ma On Shan; and

(iii) with effect from July 2002, CAD has banned all aircraft which has a higher noise level, as defined in Chapter 2 of Volume I, Part II of Annex 16 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, from landing and taking-off at the airport.

CAD will continue to closely monitor the flight paths of aircraft landing and departing the Hong Kong International Airport and the aircraft noise impact through the Aircraft Noise and Flight Track Monitoring System. It will also continue to closely monitor international aviation technology developments and consider all possible noise mitigating measures.
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 12:09 AM   #1544
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surely one of the best airports in the world !
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 09:33 PM   #1545
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Computer woes cause hour-long delay at airport
2 April 2006
South China Morning Post

Hundreds of passengers endured an hour-long delay at airport immigration checkpoints yesterday after a computer breakdown.

"The immigration clearance service at the airport control point was processed manually from 12.35pm due to a system interruption," an Immigration Department spokesman said.

The system was back to normal at 1.49pm. The department did not say what caused the system failure.

At one point, about 500 passengers were queueing in the arrivals hall, with one saying his family waited for more than an hour to pass through immigration.

A Hong Kong permanent resident, who arrived on a flight from Athens via Singapore soon after midday, said: "It took us more than half an hour to get through. Usually, it takes less than five minutes. Lots of people were arriving from all over for the Rugby Sevens. They can't have thought much of Hong Kong's boast of being Asia's world city when they walked into the chaos."
30mins delay isn't that bad if you look at the delay in US's airports. I think getting luggage alone in a lot of US airports takes 30mins easily.
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 09:35 PM   #1546
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hkskyline, do you have a link to that Annex?
"(b) The types of aircraft with noise events exceeding 80 dB and the operating airlines concerned are set out at Annex 2."
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 11:43 PM   #1547
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hkskyline, do you have a link to that Annex?
"(b) The types of aircraft with noise events exceeding 80 dB and the operating airlines concerned are set out at Annex 2."
http://gia.info.gov.hk/general/20060...0097_12360.pdf
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Old April 4th, 2006, 02:29 AM   #1548
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Old April 4th, 2006, 03:23 AM   #1549
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Old April 4th, 2006, 05:01 PM   #1550
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Hong Kong Express to launch direct flight to Chiang Mai

HONG KONG, April 4, 2006 (AFP) - Hong Kong Express, an executive airline chaired by Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho, said Tuesday it has received approval to operate direct flights to popular Thailand tourist spot Chiang Mai.

The airline recently received approval to operate charter flights to the Northern Philippines city of Laoag.

"Buoyancy in the leisure travel market has led us to believe that now is the right time to prepare for this expansion," said Simon Sin, general manager for sales.

The Hong Kong-Chiang Mai route is expected to be launched in June following the start of its charter services to Laoag.

The airline currently operates six scheduled flights daily connecting Hong Kong to China's secondary cities of Hangzhou, Ningbo and Nanjing.
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Old April 5th, 2006, 04:54 PM   #1551
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Air NZ to encompass the globe
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6 April 2006
New Zealand Herald

Air New Zealand says it will become the only true round the world airline, when it launches new flights between Hong Kong and London.

The airline has been planning to double its flights into London since the UK Government last year freed up aviation rights between Britain and New Zealand. It now says these flights will begin on October 28 this year, using a re-fitted Boeing 747-400.

Group general manager, international airlines, Ed Sims said demand for travel between the UK and New Zealand had grown significantly since its daily service was launched in 1998, with arrivals increasing an average of 10 per cent a year.

Air NZ already flies to and from Heathrow once a day, via Los Angeles, but it has long wanted more flights, especially during the peak summer tourist season. Its says the new Hong Kong-London route means it offers the world's only "current round-the-world service on one airline".

It will also become the only member of the Star Alliance flying between Hong Kong and London.

Sims said Air NZ flights from London are "90 to 100 per cent full" during peak times.

The arrival of new long-haul Boeing 777 aircraft allows Air NZ to look at flying new routes, including the start of three times a week flights to Shanghai in November this year.

Prospects of doubling flights to London encouraged the airline to keep hold of one of its leased Boeing 747-400s, which will be refitted with new lie-flat premium seats and inflight entertainment systems.
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Old April 8th, 2006, 08:57 PM   #1552
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60th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of CAD
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Since 1947, Hong Kong has become centre of aviation as Pan American Airways commenced there around-the-world service through Hong Kong. In 1949, QANTAS Empire Airways began regular Sydney to Hong Kong service through Darwin and Labuan. British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) began a weekly London to Hong Kong service via Rome, Cairo, Basra, Karachi, Calcutta and Bangkok.


Sandringham of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1950s).


DC4 of Cathay Pacific Airways (1954).


On 16 June 1954, the master plan for the development of Kai Tak Airport was approved by the government. The runway promontory covered an area of 150 acres and supported a 7 200-foot paved runway.


Kai Tak Development in 1956-57.


Kai Tak Development in 1958.


On 21 September 1959, the Temporary Passenger Terminal Building of Kai Tak Airport commenced operation.


Control Tower above the Kai Tak Passenger Terminal Building in 1960's.


Air Traffic Control Centre in 1960's showing air traffic control enroute sector positions. Aircraft position reports received from pilots were regularly updated onto paper-stripboards.


With no other runway in the world demanding such a tight, curved approach, the lighting pattern had to be unique to Kai Tak.


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The new Air Traffic Control Centre in Kai Tak was commissioned on 31 August 1980.


In the late 1980's, at peak traffic periods, squadrons of 747s seem to descend simultaneously to decant their throngs into the terminal, facilities are understandably strained.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 05:39 AM   #1555
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HK Air Cargo Terminals 1Q Throughput Up 8.2% On Year
10 April 2006

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. said Tuesday its throughput in the first quarter rose 8.2% to 576,116 metric tons from 532,348 tons in the same period last year, fueled by sustained growth in regional economies.

In March alone, the throughput at Hactl, which handles most of the cargo moving through Hong Kong's international airport, rose 7.2% to 225,999 tons from 210,905 tons in March 2005.

Hactl is jointly owned by Swire Pacific Ltd. (0019.HK), Jardine Pacific Ltd., Wharf (Holdings) Ltd. (0004.HK), Hutchison International Port Holdings Ltd., China National Aviation Corporation, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) and CITIC Pacific Ltd. (0267.HK).
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Old April 14th, 2006, 05:35 AM   #1557
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Invisible wall stops air traffic both ways
Politics is preventing a deal, say Tom Mitchell and Justine Lau.

12 April 2006
Financial Times

China's other Great Wall is an invisible 30,000 ft high barrier running the length of Hong Kong's border with the Shenzhen special economic zone in southern Guangdong province.

Enforced by China's aviation authorities, no aircraft may cross the border at an altitude of less than 30,000 ft, compelling airlines landing or taking off in Hong Kong to make long and costly detours over the South China Sea.

For Cathay Pacific Airlines, Hong Kong's dominant aviation group, this invisible air traffic control barrier doubles as a symbol of the other obstacles separating it from what should be its natural hinterland in China.

On Monday Cathay and Swire Pacific, its parent, said they were involved in delicate negotiations with Air China, China's flag carrier, about a possible restructuring of the complicated web of cross-holdings that link the two companies, their parents and Citic Pacific, a Beijing-backed Hong Kong conglomerate.

The ties that bind these parties include Cathay's 9.9 per cent stake in Air China, Citic's 25.6 per cent stake in Cathay and Hong Kong-based Dragonair, a regional carrier jointly controlled by Air China and Citic. Cathay and Swire have a minority 25.5 per cent interest in Dragonair.

At stake for Cathay is greater exposure to China's much-coveted aviation market, which it could obtain by boosting its stake in either Air China or Dragonair.

Cathay serves just two mainland cities - Beijing and Xiamen in south-east China - while Dragonair flies to 22 mainland destinations and is highly profitable.

According to sources close to the negotiations, in exchange Air China or its parent - China NationalAviation Holding - would expect a stake in Cathay Pacific.

Both of these objectives could be facilitated if Citic, which has expressed adesire to shed non-core businesses in Hong Kong and shift its investment focus to China, was to sell down its stakes in Dragonair and Cathay.

But even then a deal would remain difficult to close.

"Cathay is keen to get more of Dragonair to build a bigger Chinese network - but is Beijing willing to give up control?" asks one aviation analyst. "I don't think so. You have a situation where everyone wants more."

All parties have also appeared to rule out the possibility of a full merger between Cathay and Air China, which was the subject of intense speculation in Hong Kong a year ago.

In their joint statement issued late on Monday night, Swire declared its intention to remain "the principal shareholder in Cathay in the long term". Air China added that CNAH would remain its controlling shareholder.

"There are entrenched politics in all of this," another analyst says. "I can't believe that the factors that killed a (shareholding) deal last year have all evaporated and moved on . . . Someone has to take the less favourable side of the deal."

For their part, Air China and other mainland airlines would like to secure fifth-freedom rights in Hong Kong, which would allow them to continue on to other Asia-Pacific destinations and beyond.

This is one of the focal points of long-runningair services negotiations between Hong Kong and China, another roundof which reconvened yesterday.

Such a concession would pose a major competitive threat to Cathay's lucrative network of international connections.

Like the original, China's second Great Wall is a two-way barrier.
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HK Airport Sets Single-Day Record For Flights
15 April 2006

HONG KONG (AP)--Hong Kong's airport handled 870 flight movements Friday - a single-day record for the facility, the Civil Aviation Department said Saturday.

The heavy traffic was due to the start of the long Easter holiday weekend, a popular time for Hong Kongers to travel, the department said in a statement.

"The Civil Aviation Department is very encouraged by this new record, which reinforces Hong Kong's status as an international and regional aviation hub," the statement said.

The 870 flight movements marked a 13.4% jump in the daily average of 767 movements, the statement said. The previous single-day record was set Jan. 27 with 853 flight movements, the department said.

Most of the extra flights were to mainland China, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, the statement said. The most popular destination was China's southern city of Guangzhou, followed by Bangkok and Osaka, Japan, it said.
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HKIA Reaches New Height Air Cargo Throughput in March
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(Hong Kong, 16 April 2006) - Cargo throughput at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) set a new monthly record in March, reaching 320,000 tonnes in total. Passenger traffic and aircraft movements also saw healthy growth in the same period.

Fuelled by a strong rebound in air traffic after the Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday and the continuously robust demand from major markets including US, Europe and Japan, cargo throughput at HKIA grew 10% in March over the same period last year.

In the meantime, the rapid resumption of business travel after CNY holiday has contributed to the growth in monthly passenger throughput, up 7% to 3.55 million from the same period last year, despite that Easter was in March last year. Aircraft movements also grew 10.8% to 23,620 as supported by the persistent growth in passenger and cargo traffic.

Last month also saw a new airline start operating at HKIA. Qatar Airways commenced its daily non-stop flight between Hong Kong and Doha on 26 March. This new Hong Kong - Doha route provides an additional air link between Hong Kong and the Middle East and further strengthens HKIA's position as a regional and international aviation hub.

Commercial Director of the Airport Authority (AA) Mr Hans Bakker welcomed the latest figures. "Growth trends of international and regional cargo remain strong. We expect the current growth momentum to sustain in April in view of the anticipated surge in export before the Chinese Mainland's Labour Holiday," he said.

"April's passenger traffic also looks promising with Easter falling in mid-April and the Guangzhou Trade Fair and a series of other trade fairs in Hong Kong scheduled for this month. The last weekend of April falling on the eve of the Labour Day Golden Week will stimulate passenger flow too," added Mr Bakker.

For the full financial year of 2005/2006 ended in March, passenger and air cargo throughput totalled 41.6 million and 3.48 million tonnes, increasing by 8.7% and 10.5% year-on-year respectively. The aircraft movements grew 11.4% to 270,000.
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