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Old July 16th, 2006, 07:06 AM   #1681
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Passenger Throughput at HKIA Increased 10.3% in June

(HONG KONG, 16 July 2006) - The growth of passenger throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) remained robust in June with a total of 3.6 million passengers passing through the airport, representing a year-on-year increase of 10.3%. Boosted by the busy traffic, June's aircraft movements grew by 7.4% from last year, reaching 22,910.

Passenger traffic for the first quarter of FY 2006/07 ended June 2006 also recorded a double-digit growth to 11 million, representing a strong 10.5% increase compared to the same period last year.

Cargo throughput grew steadily last month with total tonnage reached 290,000 tonnes, up 3.6% when compared to the same month last year.

Commenting on last month's air traffic performance, Airport Management Director of the Airport Authority Hong Kong Mr Howard Eng said, "Visitor traffic is the major source to fuel the impressive passenger growth, in particular those from the Chinese Mainland and Southeast Asia. We are confident that the strong growth momentum will continue as passenger throughput is building up to the summer peak."

Passenger expectation grows alongside rise in passenger traffic. HKIA spares no effort to enrich the choices of services, destinations and frequencies so as to meet the growing passenger demand. Saudi Arabian Airlines which has operated air cargo service at HKIA since 2002 launched a new weekly passenger service between Hong Kong and Riyadh via Manila on 15 July.

Over a rolling 12-month period from July 2005 to June 2006, passenger throughput reached 42.6 million, a year-on-year increase of 8.7%. Cargo volume and aircraft movements rose by 8.2% and 11% respectively, amounting to 3.5 million tonnes and 275,500.
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Old July 17th, 2006, 08:18 PM   #1682
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More landing slots in the pipeline
15 July 2006
South China Morning Post

China's aviation administration, under increasing pressure to provide more landing slots and keep flights on time, yesterday unveiled plans to shorten the distance between approaching aircraft from 10 kilometres to six kilometres.

Previously hampered by radar systems that could not cope with the shorter landing distances, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) said that improvements meant China could land more aircraft in a shorter space of time.

CAAC yesterday announced that it would set up a body to liaise with airports, air traffic control and airlines to set up the new measures.

It is expected that, by the 2008 Olympics, the distance between landing approaches at Shanghai airport on the route between Shanghai and Beijing will drop to 10 kilometres from 20 kilometres, allowing the airport to accommodate more aircraft.

Hong Kong Dragon Airlines, which connects 23 mainland destinations with Hong Kong, over the past three months has paid a heavy toll in terms of its schedule because of the longer approach distances.

The percentage of departures on time in March was 38 per cent, 33 per cent in April and 36 per cent in May, as opposed to 47 per cent, 50 per cent and 41 per cent respectively for the same period last year, according to Dragonair data.

Due to the proximity of the airports in the Pearl River Delta, flights approaching or departing Hong Kong International Airport are falling into the Guangzhou flight information region where the volume of growth in air traffic has had a significant impact on Hong Kong airspace capacity.

"CAAC is serious about the problem of congestion and delay caused by insufficient air space and more measures will be implemented by stages," said an official.

Industry veterans and politicians have suggested either combining air traffic control in the region or enlarge Hong Kong's flight information region as ways of combatting the problem.

A government commission said yesterday China aimed to build 42 new airports in the next five years.
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Old July 18th, 2006, 02:34 AM   #1683
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Court rules against airport fuel depot
18 July 2006
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong's highest court has overturned an environmental permit issued for a proposed airport fuel depot that was to have been built beside a steel mill.

The Court of Final Appeal unanimously ruled that the permit, issued to the Airport Authority in August 2002, should be quashed because the report it was based on had failed to assess the risk of fuel from a major spill causing a fire and casualties at the neighbouring mill.

Shiu Wing Steel initiated the judicial review proceedings in November 2002 after the director of environmental protection had approved an environmental impact assessment report for the project.

It failed in both the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeal.

The steel mill had appealed on essentially one ground: that no quantitative risk assessment was made based on the possibility of a total failure in one of the tanks.

Such a scenario, the mill argued, could see the contents of the tank surge over the complex's protective embankments and drainage ditch and on to the steel mill's site, where it could be ignited, imperiling lives.

The assessment submitted and approved by the director had discounted the likelihood of this, and quantitative analysis was not done.

A majority of the Court of Appeal had accepted the position that only scenarios that could be predicted or anticipated should be included in the assessment. The shortcoming of that approach, according to the Court of Final Appeal, was that an incident "caused by an unknown or an unforeseen and unexpected cause is assumed never to occur". The court allowed the appeal, and quashed the approval.

It did not order the environmental impact assessment to be redone, but said it could probably be amended to include a quantitative risk assessment relating to the total failure scenario. It would then be up to the director of environmental protection to reassess it.

The judges also questioned the Airport Authority's claim that delays to the fuel plant would affect Hong Kong's role as an air transport hub because of lack of fuel.

Responding to the judgment, the Airport Authority said it had immediately stopped the construction work. It would study the judgment in detail and hold further discussions with the government.
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Old July 18th, 2006, 05:30 PM   #1684
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Hong Kong's Dragonair reports 10 percent jump in passengers in first half of 2006
18 July 2006

HONG KONG (AP) - Dragonair, Hong Kong's second-largest carrier, said Tuesday its passengers increased by 10 percent in the first half of 2006 amid strong demand in the travel industry.

The airline said it carried 2.61 million passengers in the first six months of the year, compared with 2.37 million in the same period last year.

Stanley Hui, the airline's chief executive officer, said he believes the performance will be better in the remaining half.

"We saw a stronger second half, with individual and group traffic rising again, expecially to secondary routes in the mainland (China)," Hui said in a statement.

But he added that high fuel prices will put pressure on the airline in the second half of 2006.

The statement also said cargo in the first half increased by 4.6 percent on year, from 179,931 metric tons (197,924 short tons) to 188,180 metric tons (206,998 short tons).

Dragonair has a large stake in the world's fastest-growing aviation market, China, covering flights to nearly two dozen cities. Its major rival, Cathay Pacific, recently acquired the company in a HK$8.22 billion (US$1.05 billion) buy-out.
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Old July 19th, 2006, 02:13 AM   #1685
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Higher air fares on way for travelers
18 July 2006
Hong Kong Standard
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The Hong Kong government has approved eight airlines, including local carriers Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair, to raise passenger fuel surcharges for the second time in three months to offset higher costs.

Cathay will be allowed to increase surcharges 6.9 percent on long-haul flights to HK$481 per ticket from August, compared to HK$450 currently, the Civil Aviation Department said Monday. Cathay also gained approval to increase short-haul surcharges 7.3 percent to HK$117 from HK$109, the regulator said.

Apart from Cathay, the new short- haul surcharge will also apply to flights operated by Dragonair, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Shandong Airlines and Xiamen Airlines, as well as Royal Nepal Airlines, the department said. The eight airlines have already raised their fuel surcharges once, in May this year, by up to 20.6 percent. On that occasion, 48 other airlines also raised their surcharges.

Cathay chief operating officer Tony Tyler did not rule out more increases in fuel surcharges in future if high prices persist. He told local media Monday any further rises in fuel costs will need to be passed to customers.

``The latest increases won't fully offset the rise in fuel costs this year,'' said South China Securities analyst Andes Cheng. ``Cathay and other airlines will still need to shoulder some of the increased fuel costs by themselves, so their earnings this year will be impacted.''

Jet kerosene changed hands in Singapore at US$90.70 (HK$707.46) a barrel Monday, up 40 US cents on the day. The spot cargo price closed the day's trading at US$92.45 a barrel.

The average cost of kerosene for Cathay will rise to US$80 per barrel this year, 19.4 percent higher than last year, according to forecasts issued last week by investment bank Credit Suisse.

High fuel costs slashed Cathay's net profit by 25 percent to HK$3.3 billion last year, despite a 19 percent increase in turnover to HK$50.9 billion. The cost of fuel accounted for more than 33 percent of Cathay's operating costs last year, the company said previously.

Air China was also hampered by high fuel costs, reporting net profit increased only 0.9 percent to 2.4 billion yuan (HK$2.33 billion) last year despite recording over 970 million yuan in one- off gains from yuan revaluation. China Eastern slid to a 467.3 million yuan net loss last year, compared with a net profit of 320.7 million yuan the year before.

Last week, Cathay reported passenger traffic rose 11 percent to 8.14 million in the first half this year, while cargo traffic increased 8 percent to 96,255 tons.

``Cathay's numbers confirm that the revenue environment remains strong,'' investment bank JPMorgan said. ``Nevertheless, high oil prices continue to erode all of these gains, thus limiting the upside potential for the shares.''

Monday, Cathay shares fell 1.8 percent to HK$13.35. Air China lost 1.8 percent to HK$2.85 and China Eastern fell 2.9 percent to HK$1.01.
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Old July 20th, 2006, 06:08 PM   #1686
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Air NZ unveils strategy
21 July 2006
National Business Review

Airline hopes to make comeback in UK passenger market

Graeme Kennedy

Air New Zealand expects the launch of its daily London services through Hong Kong in October will help it claw back some of the share of the UK passenger market it has lost.

The airline used to have half the total UK-New Zealand market of 200,000 passengers with its service through Los Angeles.

But total passenger numbers have grown to 300,000 and, still with one daily flight, Air NZ has seen its passenger numbers drop 10% and its share fall 30%.

"The UK market will grow to 500,000 and we will lift our share with the daily schedule through Hong Kong - and retain traffic we have been losing to other carriers, particularly Asian," Air NZ international airline group general manager Ed Sims says.

The airline's second daily London service from October 28 will increase its total UK capacity to almost 4000 one-way seats a week to the UK.

Mr Sims says the Boeing 777s that replaced 767s on the Auckland-Hong Kong route from July 1 will be transferred to the Osaka service while 747s will operate the new west-bound flights through to London.

He says 747s will continue to fly Auckland-Los Angeles but 777s will take over the Los Angeles-London sector, saving the airline an estimated $62 million a year in fuel costs.

The Hong Kong-London service will make Air New Zealand the industry's only round-world carrier.

This may not mean a lot to New Zealanders familiar and comfortable with long-distance travel "but UK passengers tend not to be and they like the idea of managing a round-world trip on one westernised English-speaking airline.

"And there is always a market premium for a carrier of the destination they are leaving or travelling to.

"Being a round-world carrier to New Zealand is a big advantage and we are already seeing this in forward bookings - for London-Hong Kong, London-Hong Kong-Auckland and round the world."

Mr Sims says another big advantage is Air New Zealand's position as the only Star Alliance carrier on the London-Hong Kong sector.

"There are a lot of Star operators in the UK and [continental] Europe markets but currently no vehicle to Hong Kong, which is a strong high-yield corporate route out of London."

He says Air New Zealand plans to add one or two new destinations a year over the next decade. "We have our new service to Shanghai from September 6 - our first major destination since San Francisco in 2004 and Fukuoka eight years ago, although [Fukuoka] lasted only three years."

"We received our sixth of eight 777s this week and in the past 17 months have refurbished all eight of our 747s with lie-flat beds and through-cabin in-flight entertainment.

"And the first of our four 787-9s will be delivered in February 2010 when the last five of our original nine 767s will have left the fleet."

Air NZ's probable future destinations include South America and India to tap in-bound tourism, new cities on the US west coast, and Canada where Vancouver is being considered as a top priority.

But Mr Sims says other routes will be dropped - such as Singapore, which after 40 years will cease to be an Air NZ destination from October 2 because of declining loads that have left the carrier with a less than 30% market share.

The summer-season Christchurch-Los Angeles direct services have also been scrapped while Auckland-Tahiti-Los Angeles frequencies are likely to be cut back.

"We are looking closely at destinations that are not making returns," Mr Sims says. "There will be a more efficient evaluation of existing routes and markets that are losing their appeal."
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Old July 21st, 2006, 04:56 PM   #1687
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Lockheed Martin wins warning system order for Hong Kong International Airport
20 July 2006
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FARNBOROUGH, England (XFN-ASIA) - Lockheed Martin said the Hong Kong Observatory has placed a second order for the company's WindTracer Doppler lidar system, which provides advance warning of wind hazards, to be used at the Hong Kong International Airport.

No financial details of the order were disclosed.
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Old July 22nd, 2006, 03:58 AM   #1688
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Air Niugini resumes flight
By ALEX RHEENEY
21 July 2006
PNG Post Courier



AIR Niugini will resume its service to Hong Kong next month after an eight-year absence. Chief executive officer Wasantha Kumarasiri announced yesterday that the service will be an extension to their Manila service, which will now be brought forward to Tuesday instead of Wednesday. The return flight on Wednesday evening will also be via Manila, arriving in Port Moresby early Thursday morning. The announcement coincides with a deal Air Niugini struck with Air New Zealand to maintain its Boeing 767 aircraft in Hong Kong, instead of New Zealand. Mr Wasantha said maintenance checks on the 234-seat plane will now be carried out in Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO). We are excited about returning to Hong Kong as this opens up trade and business opportunities as well as new source market for tourism from China for the country.

With Hong Kong airport being one of the busiest in Asia, Air Niugini s scheduled service into Hong Kong offers a number of excellent options for same day connections to and from Europe, the Middle East, India and the United States, he said in a statement. The ground work has been finalised in Hong Kong and we are looking forward to the service commencing on August 8. He said that concurrent with the Hong Kong service, the airline will boost capacity on the Port Moresby Brisbane sector with an additional flight each Wednesday. I am very pleased to add that the extra service means our customers have access to daily flights from Australia to PNG via Brisbane. Air Niugini suspended its service to Hong Kong in May 1998 due to a global decline for air travel to and from Asia during that period, about a year after Britain handed sovereignty over the island metropolis to China. Inbound air travel to PNG from China is expected to increase with the Chinese Government owned Chinese Metallurgical Construction Company set to play a major role in the Ramu nickel/cobalt project in the Madang Province, after it signed an agreement with the PNG Government to get an 85 per cent interest in the project. The Chinese government also recently categorised PNG and seven other Pacific states approved destinations for Chinese tourists , in a bid to get island nations to capitalise on 31 million Chinese tourists that the World Tourism Organisation say traveled outside mainland China last year.
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Old July 24th, 2006, 06:25 AM   #1689
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Officials fail to address fears over airline merger
21 July 2006
South China Morning Post

"The fact there will be a cross-shareholding [between Cathay and Dragonair] doesn't mean there won't be any competition. I don't believe we should draw such a conclusion. It is too early to say."

Eva Cheng Yu-wah, permanent secretary for Economic Development, to Legco, July 18, 2006

"With regard to our major markets, the merger will not reduce competition. The response from the aviation industry is positive. A cross-holding of shares does not eliminate competition."

Michael Wong Wai-lun, deputy secretary for Economic Development and Labour, at the same Legco meeting

You don't have to have an MBA to figure out that when one company buys another, the likelihood of them continuing to engage in price competition against each other to capture or sustain market share evaporates before the ink dries on the new contract.

What is particularly unsettling about the above statements is that Ms Cheng is leading the consultation process which may result in Hong Kong catching up with all other major economies in Asia by introducing a competition law.

Moreover, only seven legislators bothered to show up to hear the government's position on the merger on Tuesday. Ms Cheng and her mob always may have been unlikely to answer any concerns raised but one would have thought the topic of interest to just about every constituent the legislator represents.

Perhaps aware Mr Wong et al had failed miserably to answer concerns about the merger's impact on the travel sector, they ducked out the back door of Legco to avoid an inquisitive media throng.

As senior government officials, Below Deck will assume that Ms Cheng and Mr Wong are aware that a dominant market position - such as that which cross-shareholders Cathay, Dragonair and Air China will enjoy between Hong Kong and Beijing, where they will offer 90 per cent of flights - is bad for consumers. This leads us to ask why they would make such statements.

But just in case their knowledge of how supply and demand affects market prices is a bit rusty, here are a few examples of how a lack of competition is putting a dent in the travel consumers' pocketbooks.

If you want to buy the cheapest return airfare to London that Cathay Pacific offers next month, you'll be paying $5,970 before taxes for travelling 9,740km as the crow flies.

This means you fly about 3.26km for every $1 you spend, round trip. Four airlines offer direct flights to Heathrow every day.

Fly the same airline to Los Angeles next month, when they will be the only carrier to offer a direct service, and you'll pay a buck for every 2.49km you fly before taxes.

To be fair, Below Deck doesn't have total visibility into the factors that make up Cathay's ticket prices, so let's look at some other routes that compare similar distances.

Hong Kong-Bangkok is one of the most competitive routes in Asia, with 13 airlines directly connecting the cities, although some not daily. If you buy Cathay's cheapest seat next month, you'll pay a buck for every 1.53km you fly.

Fly to Hanoi, a market which only Cathay and Vietnam Airlines serve - often sharing one aircraft - and your dollar buys you 0.43 of a kilometre.

To Singapore, another route with many airlines fighting for the travel spend, each dollar will move you 3.67km. To New Delhi, which is served only by Cathay and Air India, your buck buys you 1.54km of flight before taxes.

Our government may still be unclear about whether Cathay, Dragonair and Air China will compete on the half-dozen mainland routes they will dominate but Cathay doesn't appear to. Nowhere in its five-page discourse rationalising why the merger was good for Hong Kong - which the government used to explain its position to legislators on Tuesday - does it mention lower ticket prices for consumers. It knows better.

On the whole, the merger is likely to benefit the greater economy. But you cannot deny the fact it will open the door for the new partners to abuse their dominance of some of the busiest routes connecting Hong Kong to the mainland.

No one is suggesting they will but the possibility will be created by the merger come August when the deal is expected to be approved by shareholders.

And governments that answer to their constituents through the ballot box put mechanisms in place to either prevent a monopolistic environment from being created or they legislate ways to hold the players to account if and when they abuse their position.
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Cathay Pacific on Cargo Terminal
26 July 2006
Cathay Pacific Press Release

We understand the need for the Airport Authority to consult the existing air cargo terminal operators about the proposed expansion of cargo handling facilities at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

Our concern is that the decision-making process should not be delayed for too long as we have identified the need for our own proposed self-handling cargo terminal to be operational by 2009 when HACTL's capacity reaches saturation.

In the meantime, we will continue to press our case to relevant stakeholders because we believe it offers the best way forward not just for the airline, but also for Hong Kong's status as a centre of international and regional civil aviation and the HKIA as an air cargo hub, and therefore for Hong Kong's economy as a whole.
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Hong Kong Express Airways Announces June Passenger Figures
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Hong Kong, July 10h, 2006…Hong Kong Express Airways today announced its passenger traffic figures for the period June 1st 2006 to June 30th 2006.

The Hong Kong-based airline carried a total of 11,062 passengers in June, down 6.1 per cent from 11,741 in May. The number of flights operated however, climbed from 310 to 326 last month thanks to the launch of direct scheduled services between Hong Kong and Chiang Mai in Thailand. The most popular route in June was between Hong Kong and Hangzhou. Peak travel occurred on June 30th when 696 people flew with Hong Kong Express.

Hong Kong Express Airways Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Andrew Tse said, “In spite of the slight drop in passenger numbers, our overall growth trend as we near our first anniversary is positive and buoyed by our recent and forthcoming new route launches.”

Hong Kong Express Airways Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Andrew Tse said, “In spite of the slight drop in passenger numbers, our overall growth trend as we near our first anniversary is positive and buoyed by our recent and forthcoming new route launches.”

Following the inauguration of direct flights to Chiang Mai in June, Hong Kong Express Airways will continue its planned drive for increased market share with the launch later this month of its fifth scheduled service between Hong Kong and the Mainland Chinese city of Chongqing – said to be the world’s largest city.

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Pudong on radar of HK airport - Authority enters talks on investment in Shanghai facility's new cargo complex
28 July 2006
South China Morning Post

The Hong Kong Airport Authority is in talks with the owners of Shanghai's Pudong International Airport about investing in the facility's Phase II cargo handling complex, according to a senior official.

The talks are at a very preliminary stage, with the size of the stake the major obstacle to any agreement on the complex, which is to be hived off into a subsidiary of the parent, Shanghai Airport Group.

Sources said the parent was soliciting strategic investors from a cross-section of the regional logistics industry, including airlines and airports.

"We have not really decided on the percentage, price, anything," an Airport Authority source said yesterday. "If all that is available is a small stake, it is unlikely we will be interested. If it's more meaningful, that could change things."

The official would not be drawn on the size of a "meaningful" stake.

"One per cent is not meaningful but we are not asking for 51 per cent either," the source said. "Capital investors are not an issue for them; there are plenty of potential investors. They are looking for names and expertise."

Pudong airport, which is already space-constrained after two years of operation, said it handled 972,700 tonnes of cargo in the first half, up 14.6 per cent year on year. Shanghai's volume target for both of its airports - Pudong and Hongqiao, its domestic facility - is 2.5 million tonnes this year, up a comparative 13 per cent.

Phase II is expected to bring Pudong's cargo-handling capabilities to 4.5 million tonnes a year by 2015, meaning the new complex would have a similar capacity to Hongkong Air Cargo Terminal's SuperTerminal One, the world's biggest general air freight facility.

Cathay Pacific and Air China last month said that they would create a joint-venture all-cargo airline based in Shanghai as part of their closer equity partnership resulting from Cathay's proposed takeover of Dragonair.

Cathay yesterday said it had not been approached to invest in the new complex whereas Air China is expected to have a dedicated facility at Phase II.
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Hong Kong Express Airways Celebrate New Route Launch
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Hong Kong, July 31 2006… Hong Kong Express Airways today celebrated the launch of its newest scheduled service - between Hong Kong and Chongqing in Central southwestern China. Using its fourth 76-seat Embraer 170 passenger aircraft, the Hong Kong-based airline will operate three flights per week between the two business hubs - every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

“Strengthening links between Hong Kong and corresponding centres for trade and industry on the Mainland is at the very core of Hong Kong Express,” said Hong Kong Express Airways General Manager Sales, Simon Sin. “Today’s launch is one that we are accordingly very proud of and one that reflects our commitment to provide travellers with more choices to fly to more dynamic destinations around the region.”

Fast approaching its first anniversary, Hong Kong Express Airways has to date been keenly focused on establishing a key route network between its home in Hong Kong and Mainland China whilst simultaneously exploring routes throughout wider Asia. Chongqing is the airline’s fifth scheduled service in a fast growing network that currently comprises Hangzhou, Ningbo, Nanjing, and the hot Thai leisure destination Chiang Mai, launched just last month. In addition to its scheduled services, the airline also operates daily charter services to Taichung in Taiwan in conjunction with Mandarin Airlines and similarly to Laoag in the Philippines.

Situated on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River close to the recently completed three gorges dam, Chongqing is a dynamic economic hub. Home to nearly 32 million people, the city is not only China’s largest but quite possibly the world’s largest city.
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Old August 2nd, 2006, 06:48 AM   #1696
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Study calls for new air cargo terminal
2 August 2006
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong needs a third general cargo terminal at the airport to boost competition among operators and defend its market-leading position against ambitious regional rivals, says a report commissioned by the Airport Authority.

A third terminal will be required by 2010 in addition to current expansion projects, said the framework for the logistics component of the soon to be released Master Plan 2025, Study on Competitiveness of HKIA as an International and Regional Air Cargo Hub.

The authority has been caught for the past few months in the middle of a growing dispute about whether and when a third general cargo terminal should be built. Cathay Pacific Airways, the Hong Kong International Airport's biggest freight carrier, in December applied to build its own terminal - ultimately capable of handling five million tonnes of cargo year - as soon as possible.

The terminal operators, led by Hongkong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl), say present demand does not justify a third facility until 2016.

The report says cargo volumes in Hong Kong will grow at a compound annual rate of 5.8 per cent to 6.9 million tonnes by 2020. It predicts nine million tonnes by 2025 and says the third operator should be big enough to defend itself against the powerful incumbents.

The recommendation to build and the timing of the report's delivery are bound to raise a few eyebrows in the local airfreight industry, given that the authority just last week delayed a decision on a new terminal in favour of a three-month "consultation" with Hactl and Asia Airfreight Terminals (AAT).

"Ensuring that there is a range of service providers and competition where possible is a crucial objective, in this respect, the expansion of AAT should heighten competition," a draft of the study's executive summary compiled by GHK said. "Introduction of a new operator on a similar scale would provide further competitive impetus."

Phase II of AAT's terminal, expected to bring its annual handling capacity to 1.5 million tonnes, will become operational in December.

The airport handled 3.4 million tonnes of freight last year, about 1 per cent of Hong Kong's trade by volume but 34.2 per cent of external trade value or HK$1.57 trillion. Operators handled 3.49 million in the 12 months to May, up 8.9 per cent on the comparative period.

Chek Lap Kok's costs for trade-related activities are in line with its regional peers' due largely to stiff price competition among airlines serving the airport, an advantage that will erode as other airports, particularly in South China, expand their networks, the report says. More than 80 airlines, including 18 all-cargo carriers, call at the airport.

The report says that while comparing terminal charges with regional rivals "is far from straightforward ... Hong Kong does appear to be at a cost disadvantage". It said "total costs via HKIA to/from major destinations are still competitive primarily due to the better airfreight rates offered by carriers."
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Engine problems force Dragonair jet back to HK
3 August 2006
South China Morning Post

A Dragonair cargo flight with four crew on board made an emergency landing at Chek Lap Kok yesterday afternoon after both its engines developed technical problems.

Flight KA590, bound for Pudong Shanghai Airport, took off at 12.02pm, but an hour and 20 minutes later reported a problem with its two engines to air traffic controllers in Hong Kong.

The Airbus A300B4 landed safely just after 2pm. No-one was injured in the incident.

The Airport Authority issued a full emergency landing alert, with fire crews and ambulances on standby at the runway.

Dragonair said: "Prior to landing, a fault was noted in one of the aircraft's three hydraulic systems.

"The aircraft landed safely without incident and taxied to the parking bay as normal."

A Dragonair spokeswoman said that the plane's technical problems had "affected the thrust of the engines".

She added that the airline hoped to get more information about the problems from Express.Net, the US-based company which owns the aircraft.

Dragonair, which makes six weekly cargo flights to Shanghai, wet-leases the aircraft, meaning the aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance is supplied by Express.net and the plane flies under Dragonair's call sign.

Express.Net could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

It is the second incident involving an Express.Net A300B4 Airbus in three months. Canadian media reported that on May 1, a wingflap detached from a plane coming in to land at Pearson Airport in Toronto and smashed into a parked car in a residential area.

Dragonair, the Airport Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAD) are carrying out investigations into yesterday's incident.

Investigators are also looking into an incident on Saturday when two planes bound for Tokyo flew within 300 feet of each other while ascending after takeoff from Hong Kong airport. The safety standard distance is 1,000 feet.

A CAD spokesman said the Dragonair and Northwest Airlines flights, which took off shortly before 9am, two minutes apart, came within 300 vertical feet of each other 20 minutes after takeoff when the Northwest pilot turned left to avoid bad weather.

"An investigation is under way to see if it is control fault or pilot fault," the CAD spokesman said.
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Hong Kong Airport confirms 20-year Zhuhai Airport management deal

HONG KONG, Aug 3, 2006 (AFP) - Hong Kong's Airport Authority (AAHK) confirmed Thursday it had won approval from Chinese officials to run nearby Zhuhai's airport in a 250 million yuan deal (30 million dollars) over 20 years.

AAHK will take a 55-percent controlling stake in the backwater airport and form a joint-venture management company with Zhuhai municipal government.

Authority chairman Victor Fung said the joint venture, Zhuhai-Hong Kong Airport Management Co Ltd, will pay the 250 million yuan as a franchise fee.

According to a report in the South China Morning Post, the little utilised airport will target the growing low-cost airline market in China.
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10,000 hit in airport chaos
Caroline Kim
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Friday, August 04, 2006

The airport was thrown into chaos Thursday as a strengthening Typhoon Prapiroon passed west of the territory.

By 9pm, the travel plans of more than 3,000 passengers were in disarray, with 111 flights delayed, 249 canceled and 74 redirected to other airports, the Airport Authority said. By midnight, the number of passengers stranded at the airport hit more than 10,000.

Customer service representatives were bombarded with questions from irate passengers and waiting rooms filled up by the hour.

"I hope to never be in this situation again," said a 28-year-old woman whose flight to Taipei had been canceled three hours earlier.

Worst hit was Cathay Pacific, which reported only 12 arrivals and 19 departures during the day. With no letup in the weather, Cathay canceled all flights in and out until 9am today.

Dragonair canceled 63 flights.

Cathay provided transport allowances of HK$500 to Hong Kong passengers and hotel rooms for those from overseas. Those on standby received food, drinks and blankets.

The backlog of flights was expected to be cleared today, Airport Authority airfield general manager Ng Chi-kee said.

But he said travelers should still contact their airlines before leaving home for updates on flight schedules.

The typhoon strengthened steadily as it crossed the South China Sea over the past few days. Although it remained classified only as a No 3 storm by the Observatory - meaning sustained winds of between 41 and 62 kilometers per hour were expected in Victoria Harbour - since 4:25pm Wednesday, Prapiroon caused damage and disruption typical of much more severe storms, raising questions of whether Hong Kong's 122-year-old system of tropical cyclone warning signals were still valid.

According to Observatory senior scientific officer Sandy Song, typhoon signals are determined by mean wind speeds. As wind speeds fell within 41 to 62kmh in the city, officials at the Observatory felt there was no need to raise the No8 signal - unlike Macau, which uses the same warning system.

But there were many complaints from residents on outlying islands, including Lantau and Wat Long where gales and squalls were much stronger.

The airport weather station recorded a gust of 111kmh at 4:50pm Thursday, which in the city would have necessitated a No8 signal. Gusts of 211kmh, recorded in Ngong Ping at 4:20pm, would have resulted in a signal No9 or 10 being raised had they occurred in the city.

Fong Chi-Kwong, webmaster for the popular Weather Underground of Hong Kong site, said warnings based on wind speeds in the harbor were more appropriate in years past when that part of the city was the center of activity.

"But now that much of that activity has moved to outlying areas, it might be time to reconsider how typhoon signals are determined," Fong said.

The population of outlying areas has risen over the years, with many residents commuting by ferry. Some complained that when they saw that only the signal No 3 was hoisted, they left home unprepared for the severity of the weather.

One Mui Wo resident, surnamed Tse, said that because the Observatory said Wednesday night that only the No 3 signal would be raised, she did not carry out her usual typhoon precautions around her house. Tse said trees around her house were uprooted and that there was other damage that could have been avoided if the No 8 had been issued.

In response to the complaints, the Observatory will devise a better system that will improve methods of determining typhoon signals.

"The trouble lies in the difference of wind distribution throughout Hong Kong," Song said.

At 1am today, Prapiroon was expected to head west-northwest about 14kmh across western Guangdong.

Prapiroon brought down more than 500 trees Thursday alone.

One car overturned when the driver apparently tried to avoid a tree that had fallen onto the Fan Ling Highway at Tai Po at 2:30pm. The driver was not seriously injured.

In another incident, four people, including a bus driver waiting in traffic, were admitted to Queen Mary Hospital after they were stung by bees after a tree was blown down on Mount Davis Road.

Ferries and train schedules were hit. One passenger aboard the 1:30pm slow ferry from Mui Wo to Central said it was the roughest crossing he had experienced in the more than 10 years he had lived on Lantau.

"Waves were crashing across the bow while the ferry was still in Silvermine Bay," he said. "The sea was turning to foam because of the driving wind and there was what looked like a small tornado on the water near Hei Ling Chau."

The Observatory said lingering rainbands will continue to affect the territory over the weekend.

Prapiroon slammed into the mainland late Thursday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people.

It made landfall near Yangjiang, 190 kilometers west of Hong Kong. Mainland meteorological officials said up to 180 millimeters of rain was expected to fall over the next few days.

More than 406,000 people have been moved to safety in Hainan, Guangdong and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Xinhua reported.
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Thousands remain stranded at Hong Kong airport after Typhoon Prapiroon

HONG KONG, Aug 4, 2006 (AFP) - Thousands of exhausted and angry passengers remained stranded at Hong Kong airport Friday despite Typhoon Prapiroon moving away from the southern Chinese territory.

While the storm continues to weaken after making landfall in southern China, killing at least six people there, the Hong Kong international airport was still in chaos.

By late afternoon, thousands of passengers remained stranded in what an airline executive said was the worst disruption since the airport opened in 1998.

By 4.00 pm (0800 GMT) on Friday, Hong Kong Airport Authority said 322 flights had either taken off or landed at the city. Some 261 flights have been delayed with 51 being cancelled.

On Thursday, about 70 percent of the more than 800 flights scheduled were cancelled, delayed or diverted due to the storm.

A spokeswoman for the authority said more flights could be delayed or cancelled Friday as most were heavily booked during this peak travel season.

She warned travellers to check before going to the airport.

On Thursday, Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific sent local residents home with an offer of 500 Hong Kong dollars (64 US) each but international travellers were forced to scramble for scarce hotel rooms at the airport.

According to government figures, winds from the storm uprooted or damaged more than 2,000 trees while 20 cargo containers were tipped over at the city's massive shipping terminal.

Some beaches remained closed on Friday although most ferry services had resumed.
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