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Old August 6th, 2006, 07:00 PM   #1701
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Hong Kong airport returns to normal

HONG KONG, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong International Airport set a record on Friday of transporting 160,000 passengers in a single day, according to statistics released by the airport authority here Saturday.

Operations at the airport have fully recovered since Saturday morning, said the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA). It added that by 17:00 (0900 GMT)on Saturday, 592 flights have left or arrived at Hong Kong.

According to the statistics from the authority, 811 flights arrived at or departed from Hong Kong on Friday, carrying 160,000 passengers, which set a record of passengers carried within a single day.

Howard Eng, Airport Management Director of the authority, said the authority's 55,000-plus staffs worked day and night to restore orders and ensure public security in the airport.

Hong Kong-based carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways announced Saturday that its flight operations are returning to normal, with the majority of the airline's 1,000 passengers still at the Hong Kong International Airport Saturday morning being given seats on replacement flights. The airline is still working very hard to accommodate the 100 passengers still waiting for seats.

Dragonair Airways said that 13 flights have been canceled while more than 1,900 stranded passengers have rebooked or rerouted.

Typhoon Prapiroon on Thursday night made its landfall into west parts of southern China's Guangdong Province, some 300 km west of Hong Kong, pounding powerful winds and downpour and disrupting air and sea traffics in Hong Kong. More than 100,000 passengers were stranded at the airport.
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Old August 7th, 2006, 04:07 AM   #1702
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Airlines add extra flights after typhoon disruptions
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Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, the city's biggest carriers, added extra flights Friday after a typhoon disrupted 70 percent of the scheduled flights through Hong Kong the day before and stranded thousands of passengers overnight. Cathay added three flights to Bangkok and two to Taipei, while Dragonair added 14, the airlines said in separate statements. Still, 190 flights at Hong Kong International Airport were delayed or canceled as of 1 p.m. Friday, the Airport Authority said.

More than 2,000 passengers had to spend the night at the airport even after the airline found 650 hotel rooms for international travelers, Cathay said. Hong Kong residents were given money for local transportation.
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Old August 7th, 2006, 04:08 AM   #1703
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Criticism mounts as air chaos drags on
Where's the co-ordination, ex-aviation chief asks, with 40,000 waiting for flights

5 August 2006
South China Morning Post

The Airport Authority and airlines were accused of failure to co-ordinate yesterday as airport chaos in the wake of Typhoon Prapiroon dragged on through a second day.

With an estimated 40,000 passengers still waiting to be cleared last night, tempers flared as people stood in queues for more than five hours trying to get information.

The airport, which recorded wind speed of nearly 100km/h for the 10 minutes ending 4pm on Thursday and received 28 reports of wind shear from pilots, was the worst affected part of the city as it was buffeted by strong winds under the typhoon signal No 3.

Responding to criticism that a No 8 signal should have been issued on Thursday, Observatory chief Lam Chiu-ying said his staff had judged conditions according to scientific data collected. But he hinted the alert system might be revised.

The airport terminal was carpeted with people yesterday, and shouts filled the air as exhausted and exasperated passengers swamped airline counters, scrambling for the latest flight status.

Peter Lok Kung-nam, former director-general of civil aviation, said the airport authority and airlines appeared to have no crisis management. "There seemed to be no co-ordination. They did not seem to be interested in solving the problems, only kicking the bucket down the street," he said.

Passengers complained they could not get accurate or updated flight information from the display boards or airline staff, whom they described as disorganised.

The Airport Authority said it was not to blame as it had to wait for information from the airlines. "If they have not finalised their schedules, we can't update the information on our screens," a spokeswoman said.

Some passengers said they had waited for five hours in queues before their inquiries were heard; others complained that even when they were issued a boarding pass, no gate number was printed on it.

Tempers occasionally became so heated that police had to be called in to help maintain order, and the Airport Authority sent clowns to keep passengers entertained.

By 10pm, 78 of yesterday's flights had been cancelled and 567 delayed. The authority warned congestion could run into this morning.

Democratic Party legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo also urged the authority and airlines to brush up their crisis management skills. "Everything seemed to be out of control at Chek Lap Kok. That is not what the Hong Kong people expect to see at our world-class airport."

The authority's general manager (airfield), Ng Chi-kee, admitted the typhoon had posed "a challenge" to management, which had done its best.

At the counters of the worst-hit airline, Cathay Pacific Airways, the crowds kept swelling all day. But air movements appeared to start returning to normal last night. By 10pm, 687 flights had been cleared.

"The arrangement has been unprofessional," said Yau Ee-nah, a frustrated Cathay passenger from Malaysia, who queued for hours in hope of rebooking a flight to Kuala Lumpur. "Nobody seems to know anything. Hotlines were never answered. I was just told to queue."

Businesswoman Sherry Kwok, whose plane was diverted to Taipei on Thursday after an aborted landing, finally arrived in Hong Kong yesterday. "I cannot remember any stronger wind," she said. "The plane was descending but it was hit by strong winds. It was like riding a rollercoaster. I thought I would die."
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Old August 8th, 2006, 03:49 PM   #1704
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HAECO says H1 net up 38 pct, to build new hangar

HONG KONG, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. <0044.HK> (HAECO) on Tuesday posted a 38 percent rise in interim earnings on growth of heavy maintenance operations in Hong Kong and China's coastal city of Xiamen.

The aircraft base maintenance service provider said in a separate statement that it would invest HK$380 million (US$49 million) to build the first phase of a third hangar at Hong Kong International Airport.

HAECO, which is controlled by Swire Pacific Ltd. <0019.HK>, reported a net profit of HK$398 million for the six months ended June, against HK$289 million for the same period in 2005.

It declared an interim dividend of HK$0.65 per share and a special dividend of HK$2.50 apiece, representing cash surplus to immediate requirements, the company said.

This compared with an interim dividend of HK$0.50 in 2005.

HAECO reached an agreement with the Airport Authority Hong Kong to construct the third hangar in two phases adjacent to the company's existing facilities, it said.

The first phase of the new facility, which is scheduled to start operation in 2009, will encompass an area of 15,750 square metres (169,537 square feet) and be able to house two large wide-body aircraft.

It will focus on the provision of light maintenance checks.

The second phase will be completed some time before 2015.

HAECO plans to recruit 350 engineers and mechanics over the next two years for the first phase of the new hangar, it added.

This is in addition to the 450 employees currently being trained for its second hangar to be opened at the end of 2006.

Shares of HAECO eased 0.11 percent to close on Tuesday at HK$91.40.

HAECO and its unit in China's Xiamen city, Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd., are working with the Guangdong Airport Management Corp on a feasibility study for providing maintenance at Guangzhou's Baiyun Airport, it added. ($1=HK$7.776)
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Old August 8th, 2006, 10:15 PM   #1705
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What airline is that, the one between Dragonair and Asiana

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Old August 9th, 2006, 03:07 AM   #1706
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I wonder if that is a Qatar Airways jet. Is it a recent photo?
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Old August 10th, 2006, 12:04 AM   #1707
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I wonder if that is a Qatar Airways jet. Is it a recent photo?
i remember seeing photos Qater only flies either A330 or 340 to HKG
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Old August 12th, 2006, 05:00 AM   #1708
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Hong Kong airport warns of long delays as new rules apply
12 August 2006
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US-bound passengers have been warned they will not be able to carry last-minute purchases of duty free alcohol and cigarettes onto planes, as part of tough new restrictions on hand luggage.

The Hong Kong Airport Authority has also pleaded with passengers to heed the new security arrangements for cabin luggage to ease delays at the airport, and to turn up at least three hours before flying, rather than two.

Terminal manager Eric Wong said despite extensive publicity, many passengers were still trying to carry banned products such as oils and gels onto US and UK-bound flights.

Beverages, shampoo, sunscreen, facial lotions and toothpaste are banned in hand luggage.

Passengers are allowed baby milk or juice if a baby or small child is travelling with them, as well as essential medicines.

"We urge people to pack these items to avoid causing delays at the airport," Mr Wong said in front of a collection of banned items at Chek Lap Kok airport yesterday.

There were delays of between 20 minutes and an hour for flights to the US yesterday, as security imposed the tough new hand-baggage regulations, he said.

While most flight schedules returned to normal in Hong Kong, extra sniffer dogs and bomb disposal and detection teams were called in at airports regionwide.

In Pakistan, where at least seven people, including two British nationals, were arrested in connection with the London plot, extra armed police stood guard at major airports in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. "Passengers were not allowed to carry hand luggage in all the foreign flights," said a security official at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport.

At some airports, electric and electronic equipment, including mobile phones and cameras, had to be checked in on certain routes.

British police believe the alleged plot uncovered on Thursday involved smuggling liquid explosives and electronic devices that could contain a detonator onto planes for assembly on board.

The plot bore striking similarities to a 1995 scheme hatched in the Philippines in which up to 12 US-bound aircraft from Asia were to have been blown up over the Pacific Ocean using liquid explosives.

The main airport in Manila was on high alert yesterday with passengers required to undergo an extra round of security checks before boarding all flights.

Manila airport security chief Angel Atotubo said given the "renewed global threat of terrorist attacks, particularly in airport terminals", the facility was under a heightened security alert.
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Old August 12th, 2006, 05:01 AM   #1709
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Few careers push ordinary people to the limits the way fire fighting does
12 August 2006
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WHEN SENIOR FIREMAN Cheung Chi-ming first crawled into the burning China Airlines plane that had skidded off the runway at the Hong Kong International Airport one summer evening in 1999, the harrowing scene he came across was the stuff of movies - and the trappings of nightmares.

Screaming passengers were dangling by their seat belts from the ceiling of the plane that had flipped over. Others were stuck under mountains of debris as jet fuel rained down on the cabin in stifling 50-degree heat. The veteran fireman, who had close to three decades of experience, had never experienced anything like it before.

Heavy rain and gusting winds brought on by Typhoon Sam had knocked the plane sideways on landing, snapping off its wing and rolling it over on to its back before the rear erupted into a fireball.

"We were working against the clock to get everyone out of there as quickly as possible for fear the plane could explode," said Mr Cheung, who was one of the first firemen to arrive on the scene.

"It eventually took us about half an hour to get everyone out. I had to release people stuck up in the ceiling, rescue women trapped under debris, and escort people out the wreckage."

In recognition of his role in the rescue operation, then chief executive Tung Chee-hwa awarded Mr Cheung with a medal for his bravery.

Few careers push ordinary people to the limits of human endurance in quite the same way as fire fighting, where bravery and courage are almost mandatory requirements of the job rather than rare personal qualities.

But at times it can be easy to forget that firemen are people, too.

"I would be lying if I said I never felt scared. But it is only after I have left the site and had time to reflect back on what happened that the fear finally hits home," Mr Cheung said.

"Obviously, after 28 years of experience, I have seen more and had more training, so I am much more confident about my work, calmer and better able to control my emotions than when I first started. But there can still be fear."

Mr Cheung said the dangers of fire fighting had petrified him on his first day on the job.

His first job was to tackle a fire that had broken out at a cluster of hillside wooden houses in Choi Hung - a common occurrence in Hong Kong during the 1970s and 1980s.

"I just followed my supervisor's instructions, opened the roadside fire extinguisher, aimed the spray hose at the fire and mounted a ladder to try and put the fire out from above, even though I couldn't see very much beyond the smoke.

"It was very nerve-racking," he said. "I was afraid there would be an explosion at the site or [I would fall] into the inferno."

That first day stuck with Mr Cheung, not only because it marked his initiation into the profession but also because of what he had learnt from his colleagues.

"I will never forget the first thing my supervisor taught me. He said no matter how deep you venture into the site, you always need to know the exit route," Mr Cheung said, adding that this was important so that firemen could find their way out of a site before their air tanks, which only last for 45 minutes, ran out.

"We typically work in groups of two, so my partner and I would be expected to find the way out together. If the supervisors don't see us emerging after 45 minutes, they will send people in to look for us."

While pressures in life are inevitable, stress for firemen is more acute. They are responsible for rescuing people, looking after each other and are also duty bound to keep themselves safe.

"The most challenging part of the work is to remain cautious, assess the situation and figure out the right approach to take," Mr Cheung said.

"There is absolutely no room for error in our work because that could mean the difference between life and death."

Firemen work a 24-hour shift, then get 48 hours off before restarting the cycle. While on stand-by, they must be at the fire station at all times. Meals are provided, and physical and theoretical training take place throughout the day until the alarm bell rings.

"In the city districts, the fire truck has to reach the site of the fire within six minutes from the time the emergency call comes in, so the fire truck waits for no one," Mr Cheung said.

"Whether we are having dinner or taking a shower, we have to be ready to go whenever the alarm bell rings and the announcement calls for your team."

Although it was the idea of being a hero that first lured Mr Cheung to apply to become a fireman at the age of 20, he soon realised that fire fighting cannot be done independently, and that teamwork is everything.

"There is no such thing as enemies at fire scenes, even if you happen not to like that person. The attitude we take is that we are in this together and we need to look out for each other," he said.

"We could come across a gas leak smell but have no idea what it is until we open that door; it could be a salty fish or inflammable products, but we just don't know until we go in. So the spirit is very much one of sticking together."

Firemen are responsible for a wide scope of work that includes breaking through locked doors, getting into lifts that have broken down, talking suicidal people out of jumping off tall buildings, rescuing animals from trees, investigating fire safety complaints and promoting fire prevention campaigns.

Mr Cheung stays healthy by exercising regularly, eating well and going to bed early.

While he may not be as fit as he was when he was in his 20s, he said the experience he had acquired as a fireman was worth its weight in gold.
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Old August 14th, 2006, 07:14 PM   #1710
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Robust Visitor Traffic Boosts Passenger Volume to New Heights

(HONG KONG, 14 August 2006) - Robust visitor traffic fuelled passenger volume at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to a new record of 4.1 million passengers in July, up 8.6% over the same month last year.

The busy traffic also boosted July's aircraft movements to a new height of 24,000, representing a 5.4% increase over last July, while cargo throughput continued to rise steadily to 292,000 tonnes.

Airport Management Director of the Airport Authority Hong Kong Mr Howard Eng is delighted with July's performance. He said, "The 8.6% growth in passenger volume was attributed to an increase in travellers to and from the Chinese Mainland and Southeast Asia. We expect the growth momentum to continue for the remainder of the year."

Mr Eng added that to maintain HKIA's high quality passenger service, the number of Airport Ambassadors stationed in the airside to offer immediate assistance to passengers has been doubled to almost 50 since July as the airport is gearing up for the summer break.

Following the inaugural passenger flight of Saudi Arabian Airlines in July, HKIA welcomed its 81st airline, Air Niugini, to launch its weekly passenger service connecting Hong Kong to a new destination - Port Moresby - on 8 August.

Port Moresby is the capital city and administrative centre of Papua New Guinea. Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, the country is richly endowed with natural resources, including a wide range of agricultural products and mineral deposits.

In the past 12 months, passenger throughput rose 9% to 43 million. Cargo throughput and aircraft movements recorded 7% and 10% year-on-year growth to 3.5 million tonnes and 277,000, respectively.

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Old August 15th, 2006, 12:13 PM   #1712
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Second Airport Hotel at HKIA Takes SkyCity Development One Step Forward

(HONG KONG, 15 August 2006) - The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Union Sky Holdings Limited today announced the construction of the 1000-room second airport hotel which will provide travellers, tourists and exhibition visitors with a perfect place to unwind. The new five-star hotel will be developed in two phases with the first phase, an investment of approximately HK$1 billion, targeted for completion in the second half of 2008.

Signing the agreement with HKIA in the new hotel initiative is the Union Sky Holdings Limited - a joint venture company in which Shun Tak Holdings Limited controls a 70% stake and Dragages Hong Kong Limited holds the remaining 30%. The new hotel, named The Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel, will be operated by the internationally renowned hotel management company - Marriott International, Inc.

The second airport hotel will be constructed on a 2.7-hectare site along the waterfront to the east of the passenger terminal. It will create approximately 750 jobs when it becomes fully operational, and will expand HKIA's capacity to accommodate the increasing demand from transit passengers, business and leisure travellers, exhibition goers and tourists.

In addition to comfortable guest rooms containing the latest in-room technology, the Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel will offer extensive meeting facilities, various dining and entertainment options with three distinct restaurants plus a lounge, and numerous recreational facilities, including an indoor swimming pool and a health club and spa featuring a gym, treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools.

Being the latest addition to the visionary SkyCity development, the second airport hotel supplements the already comprehensive range of SkyCity projects including the ultra-modern exhibition facility AsiaWorld-Expo, the nine-hole golf course and the soon-to-be-opened Terminal 2, which is a true multi-modal hub where rail, road, air and sea transport seamlessly converge. Terminal 2 will also house the shopping and entertainment mecca SkyPlaza.

Speaking at today's signing ceremony, Chief Executive Officer of the Airport Authority Hong Kong Dr David J Pang said, "Building the second hotel at the HKIA marks another stride in the strategic development of SkyCity. We are at the forefront of a global trend whereby major airports are developed to become 'airport cities' in their own right." Dr Pang added that the second hotel will provide a timely supply of hotel rooms to meet the surging demand for accommodation at HKIA.

Shun Tak Holdings Limited's Managing Director Ms Pansy Ho said, "Combining Shun Tak's extensive network and experience in tourism and transportation, we hope to pool our diversified resources with the unique strengths from our partners, so that we can together make solid contributions to the promotion of tourism in the region, as well as share in the vibrancy of the robust economy across Hong Kong, Macau and the Pearl River Delta."

"Following the successful business model of AsiaWorld-Expo, we are glad to be awarded another 'design-build-finance-operate' type of contract. The Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel project really strengthens us as the pioneer in Hong Kong offering full services from construction to project financing in partnership with clients," said Mr Benoit de Ruffray, Managing Director of Dragages Hong Kong.

"The 5-star Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel with 658 rooms in the first phase will be positioned perfectly in the market at the 'quality-tier level' to serve the desires of both Hong Kong residents and visitors alike. The hotel's design will be very exciting and will take advantage of its waterfront location in SkyCity by offering excellent views of the South China Sea," said Mr Paul Foskey, Executive Vice President of Marriott International, Inc.

Other SkyCity developments including Terminal 2 and HKIA Tower are scheduled to open by the end of 2006, the Airport World Trade Tower and the golf course by early 2007, and the permanent SkyPier ferry terminal adjacent to the second hotel by 2008. AsiaWorld-Expo, also part of the SkyCity development, began its operations last year.
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Old August 17th, 2006, 06:47 PM   #1713
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Hong Kong air crew praised for rescues
By Keith Wallis in Hong Kong
11 August 2006
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HONG Kong’s government flying service has been commended by the Chinese government for saving the lives of 91 seafarers during typhoon Prapiroon last week.

In a two-day operation involving three helicopters and a turboprop British Aerospace Jetstream J41 aircraft, air crew initially airlifted 23 seafarers from the barge Wing On IV, which had run aground 172 km southwest of Hong Kong.

Air crew were scrambled later the same day to rescue a further 68 seafarers on the Hai Yang Shi You 298, which had sent out distress signal after running aground about 132 km southwest of Hong Kong.

Described in rescue reports as a “barge”, the Hai Yang Shi You 298is a 1983-built, 6,701 gt standby safety vessel belonging to China National Offshore Oil Corp.

Two Super Puma helicopters rescued 56 crew from the vessel but due to extremely bad weather in Hong Kong the rescue of the remaining 12 seafarers had to be delayed until the following day when they were airlifted to safety.

Commending the air crew, China’s vice-minister of communications Huang Xianyao said: “President Hu Jintao, premier Wen Jiabao and vice-premier Zeng Qinghong want me to pass their heartfelt thanks to the government flying service team.”

China’s state council, the country’s highest decision-making body, also sent its thanks to the air crew.

Flying services head Captain Brian Butt said: “It is one of the most demanding rescues we have ever undertaken.

“The wind was strong and the sea was high. The ship was pitching 45 degrees up and down, and rolling about 20 to 25 degrees side to side.”
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Old August 21st, 2006, 09:20 PM   #1714
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hi guys. would like to share some photos i took during my july-aug visit.
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 01:01 AM   #1715
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I wonder if that is a Qatar Airways jet. Is it a recent photo?

I don't think so, because Qatar Airways looks like this:
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BTW any updated pics of Skycity?
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I wish they would've kept Kai Tak.
It's classic.
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 07:02 AM   #1718
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Thanks for posting the pics!!

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I wish they would've kept Kai Tak.
It's classic.
Unfortunately, the old airport would not allow much room for expansion and there was only one runway. The pictures and videos of 747s landing at Kai Tak after a stunning right bend was spectacular though.
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Thanks for posting the pics!!



Unfortunately, the old airport would not allow much room for expansion and there was only one runway. The pictures and videos of 747s landing at Kai Tak after a stunning right bend was spectacular though.
Keep it just for that reason!
My favorite place to approach and land is Kai Tak on Flight Simulator!
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Keep it just for that reason!
My favorite place to approach and land is Kai Tak on Flight Simulator!
That would be quite a risky airshow to continue, probably? Besides, having this new airport means opening the doors of Lantau Island. (Hopefully it won't get over-developed though!!)

I hate the fact that they demolished the control tower. It was so disappointing. Goodbye, Kai Tak...
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