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Old September 13th, 2006, 07:11 AM   #1741
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Old September 13th, 2006, 04:01 PM   #1742
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New airport terminal to open by Christmas
12 September 2006
South China Morning Post

The new passenger terminal at Chek Lap Kok airport will open as early as Christmas, Airport Authority chief executive David Pang Ding-jung said yesterday.

The terminal will house the Sky Plaza, a 35,000-square-metre complex of retail, dining and entertainment outlets, located east of the existing passenger terminal.

It will be connected to the main terminal by a subway and will provide 56 extra check-in counters, and more immigration, customs and quarantine facilities. A bus station for cross-border routes and routes between the airport and Disneyland is also expected.

The HK$2 billion terminal is part of the Sky City project, which will also house a nine-hole golf course, a world trade centre and a second airport hotel.

Mr Pang said Sky Plaza would have its soft opening at the end of the year, while the golf course, and world trade centre were expected to open next year. A Sky Pier cross-border ferry terminal and a second airport hotel, owned by the Marriott group, were scheduled to open in 2008.

Sky Plaza would increase the flow of tourists by providing 36 parking spaces for tourist buses, Mr Pang believed. He told the Airport Cities World Conference at Asia-World Expo that airport city development was an irresistible global trend for the 21st century that would contribute to the regional economy.

Transport sector legislator Miriam Lau Kin-yee said she supported the building of the new terminal as the complex, with its conference facilities, had been carefully thought out. Ms Lau believed it would help to raise tourism numbers.

"I hope once they [tourists] have visited [the Sky Plaza], they will have a good impression and will want to come to Hong Kong again."

The mainland's deputy director-general on airport development Diao Yonghai, who attended the conference, said the mainland would invest in the construction of new airports during the 11th five-year plan from this year to 2010.
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Old September 14th, 2006, 03:17 AM   #1743
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Airport moots a third runway
Hong Kong Standard
Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Airport Authority is studying the feasibility of building a third runway in Hong Kong in expectation of exponential growth in mainland air traffic.

A preliminary report will be released next year. The authority's outgoing chief executive, David Pang Ding-jung, said it would be honest with the public in saying that if a third runway was ever to be built it would be very costly.

In a luncheon speech Wednesday, Pang, who will leave the authority next month, emphasized the need for another runway if the public wants the SAR to remain an aviation hub.

"We've to look at the Hong Kong airport as part of China's airport system. We need more runways," he said. "We already have two runways and would like to maximize their use. Then, we may need a third runway."

The third runway, if backed by the community, will have to be laid on a very deep channel off Chek Lap Kok, where the seabed is covered by thick mud that will have to be removed first before reclamation work can start to pave the way for an extra runway.

"This will be very expensive. A feasibility study has already begun," Pang told the American Chamber of Commerce gathering. But he added the authority would leave all options open to discussion.

The public may still have to wait, however. Pang said how soon a decision was needed would depend on how fast the two existing runways became saturated - something also subject to the type of aircraft Hong Kong would like to encourage. The bigger the jets to be encouraged, the longer the wait can be.

The talk for a third runway came eight months after the authority announced a HK$4.5 billion expansion plan to capitalize on growth opportunities in the mainland.

The expansion, to be phased over five years, will equip Hong Kong International Airport with a new concourse, more bridge-linked stands for aircraft, additional taxiways, widened taxiway shoulders for the gigantic A380 Airbus and repaved runways. Some facilities will also be relocated to offer more space in the terminal building.

Passenger throughput at the airport last year surged to a record 40.74 million - up 9.7 percent on 2004.

Last month the authority sealed a deal with its Zhuhai counterpart to form a joint venture to manage the debt- ridden airport to the west of Hong Kong, with the aim of turning it into a budget travel hub. Pang said the authority will press ahead with discussions with airports in the Pearl River Delta with a view to securing similar deals.

The seven runways in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai overlap each other in services, and Pang called on all sides to increase cooperation to create synergy rather than engage in cut-throat competition.

In the long term, he said, Hong Kong must expand its catchment area from "six million to 20 million, to 40 million" people step by step to absorb passengers for connecting flights at the airport.

Pang said the mainland aviation market was too huge for any airport management organization to ignore. Airport authorities in Paris and Copenhagen have sealed deals with Hainan Island and Beijing Capital Airport to help lift standards to international level.

Citing official figures, Pang said there were, at present, 142 airports in the mainland. The number will increase to 186 by 2010 and to 220 by 2020 with Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou becoming the country's global hubs.

However, Hong Kong can be distinct from them, according to Pang. "We want to be one of the most important gateways to China, not in China," he said.

Pang said that in the mainland the average number of flights each person took in a year was 0.067, whereas in the United States the average was two. If the size of the mainland market is to reach that of the United States, it will mean exponential growth in business for both air carriers and airports.

"We must establish a domestic network, and connect that complicated domestic network with the international network. We can then attract enough people to come through Hong Kong," he said, adding that if the mainland followed the US model, a quarter of the passengers would be served by budget carriers.

Besides the Zhuhai deal, the Airport Authority is on the verge of a similar deal with Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, which would enable it to expand flights to the hinterland.
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Old September 14th, 2006, 03:20 AM   #1744
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Air NZ in dogfight on Hong Kong route
13 September 2006
The Independent Financial Review

WHEN Air New Zealand starts its new London service via Hong Kong next month, it will go head to head with a start-up Hong Kong budget carrier offering fares at a fraction of the price.

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines starts a four-days-a-week service to London's Gatwick Airport on 25 October, three days before Air NZ launches its daily Auckland-Hong Kong-London Heathrow service.

Oasis Hong Kong says it will fly daily from November. It is offering a temporary, promotional one-way fare from Hong Kong to London of $NZ201 for economy class passengers plus taxes, bringing the total to around $420 each way.

In April, when Air NZ announced plans to fly the Hong Kong route to London as an alternative to Los Angeles, it said return fares would start at $2,615 from Auckland, excluding airport taxes.

Since then it has announced a new fare of $1,999 return to London (including fuel surcharges) when passengers travel with a companion from Auckland.

This led other carriers on the route to match fares.

But for passengers wanting to pick up an Air NZ flight from Hong Kong to London, the economy fares are considerably dearer and do not accrue frequent flyer points, according to the airline's US online booking service which offers the Hong Kong connections. Like Air New Zealand, Oasis Hong Kong is flying non-stop Boeing 747 aircraft.

The Hong Kong-London route is already flown by Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Qantas; from early next year there will be 12 daily services.

Oasis Hong Kong is described as no-frills by its 65% owner multimillionaire Hong Kong property mogul owners Rev Dr Raymond Lee and his wife, Priscilla.

The airline plans to fly to six other destinations, including Milan, Berlin, Bonn, Chicago and Oakland.

Lee intends to build a fleet of 25 aircraft in the next five years to fly to 50 to 60 destinations and, through an initial public offering next year, to raise about $HK10 billion ($NZ2.04 billion).

Oasis starts with cheap fares that become more expensive as the plane fills up. It has promised year-round fares at least 30%-50% cheaper than its rivals.

Air NZ's general manager, commercial international airline, Gerard Gilmore, this week said Air New Zealand had factored Oasis into its business plans for the route.

He said Air NZ had access through the Star Alliance to an extensive network in the United Kingdom and Europe and the route was more about the through business between New Zealand and Europe than point-to- point traffic.

But Lufthansa, part of the Star Alliance, which flies from Hong Kong to Frankfurt and Munich, will be protecting its turf, say travel industry people.

Last week, Cathay Pacific carrier struck back at Air NZ's introductory $1,769 fare for direct flights to Shanghai from 6 November. Cathay and its associate Dragonair are offering return fares via Hong Kong, starting at $1,400 from Auckland plus taxes of $43.

Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation said new data showed low-cost carrier seat capacity in the Asian region was set to rise 63% year on year this month and would account for 10% of total services in the region, up from 6% in the same period last year.
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Old September 14th, 2006, 08:01 AM   #1745
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機場擬建第三條跑道 選址深水海 造價料逾500億

【明報專訊】本港空運量近年急速增長,機場跑道的航班容量已接近飽和。機管局行政總裁彭定中昨日透露,當局正研究在機場北面興建第三條跑道。因機場以北的水域海較深,前民航署長樂鞏南估計,新跑道造價可能會高逾500億元,相當於機場第一期工程造價。

 彭定中昨日出席美國總商會午餐會,首次披露機管局已開始研究建設第三條跑道的可行性,研究結論今年底會在《香港國際機場2025發展藍圖》一併發表。他昨日多次強調,因機場島北面為深水區(見圖),加上要挖走大量淤泥,工程成本會十分昂貴,港人須討論願意付出多少代價。

 民航處資料顯示,香港國際機場平均每小時有53班航機升降,與98年機場剛啟用時的34班比較,增幅超過50%,亦超出興建第二條跑道時預算的50班容量。民航處為應付日益繁忙的航空交通,去年特別增聘12名見習航空交通管制主任,為確保航空交通安全,上空等候的飛機數量須限制在10架以下。

 必備條件︰拓內地領空權

 接近機管局消息人士透露,香港日間領空已飽和,不時有四五架飛機在空中「排隊」,故必須研究興建第三條跑道的可行性。但他強調,開拓內地領空權是興建新跑道的必備條件,否則有限的空域容量難以容納增加的航班(見另稿)。據了解,與內地政府商討拓闊空域需時,除了興建跑道,當局亦考慮能否與鄰近區域機場如珠海機場實施分流措施。

  赤角機場鄰近珠江口,其西北面有沙洲、龍鼓洲,亦鄰近30米水深的龍鼓水道。機場的南、北跑道相隔約1公里,各長3800米、闊60米。如新跑道規模相若,保守估計,填海面積最少為23萬平方米,即23公頃,相等於1.4個維園。

 造價視乎水深淤泥量

 香港工程師學會理事黃澤恩指出,赤角機場北面的海相當深,新跑道造價必定較上一次填海高昂,而且技術難度較高,最後造價要視乎實際水深和海下淤泥量。

 保守估計填海範圍最少要23公頃,且會威脅中華白海豚的棲息地。當年為免跑道沉降,政府挖走淤泥,再用海沙填補,過程導致水質污染,引起環保團體爭議(見另稿)。

 政府資料顯示,港府耗資49億港元興建第二跑道和相關設施,但有機管局董事透露,第三條跑道造價可能是原來整個機場島的一至兩倍,而前民航署長樂鞏南估計,新跑道的成本,起碼相當於機場的第一期工程,即500億元造價(未包括第二條跑道)。

 學者︰不擴建難爭中轉客

 中大航空政策研究所副主任羅祥國認為,若不建第三條跑道,難以成為亞太區的航空樞紐,與各大機場爭奪中轉旅客。

  香港運輸研究學會理事熊永達教授質疑,一般跑道最多每小時可容納70多個航班,現時的跑道容量有拓展空間。但他指出,區內的航運需求近年急升,香港能否與上海和廣州等機場同分一杯羹,仍有待市場研究。有知情人士表示,香港機場距離需要新跑道的日子,還有一段很長的時間,「可能是15年後」。


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Old September 15th, 2006, 03:32 AM   #1746
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China approves Hangzhou airport upgrade with Hong Kong funding

SHANGHAI, Sept 14, 2006 (AFP) - China has approved an ambitious, 1.6-billion-dollar airport expansion project in which the Hong Kong Airport Authority has a major stake, the government said Thursday.

The plan will make Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport the biggest airport on China's eastern seaboard after Shanghai, said the National Development and Reform Commission, the nation's top planner.

Once expansion work at the airport, a three-hour drive from Shanghai, has been completed in 2010, annual passenger capacity will rise to 22.5 million from 7.5 million at the end of last year, the Shanghai Securities News said.

The Hangzhou airport plays a key role in the Hong Kong Airport Authority's strategy for developing the Chinese market as it seeks to capitalise on its Chek Lap Kok base in the former British colony.

In April last year, the Hong Kong operator became a strategic investor in the airport, buying a 35-percent stake for 1.99 billion yuan (249 million dollars).

The Hong Kong Airport Authority also received approval last month from the Chinese government to acquire a 55-percent stake in Zhuhai airport, next to the former British colony.

China is in the middle of an airport building frenzy as demand for air travel is booming.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China estimates that by 2010 there will be annual passenger volume of 500 million through China's airports and cargo of more than 10 million tonnes.

In preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the nation's capital is undergoing a 2.4-billion-dollar expansion of the Capital Airport and it will eventually be able to handle about 60 million passengers.

Shanghai, China's largest city, is ploughing 1.8 billion dollars into the expansion of Pudong International Airport so that by 2010 it will be able to handle around 80 million passengers, four times the through-put of 2004.
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Old September 23rd, 2006, 03:13 AM   #1747
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Sun Hung Kai Mulls Bid To Build 3rd HK Air Cargo Terminal
14 September 2006

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong property developer Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (0016.HK) is considering submitting a bid to build and operate a third cargo terminal at the city's international airport, Vice Chairman Raymond Kwok said Thursday.

"We are very interested in this project, and we are currently studying the possibility," Kwok told reporters at a news conference on the company's annual results.

Kwok said the continued growth of Hong Kong's air cargo market makes the investment an attractive opportunity, as the territory further strengthens its role as a logistics center serving the Chinese market.

Sun Hung Kai, Hong Kong's largest property developer by market capitalization, owns and operates an air cargo consolidation center near the airport, which feeds cargo to the two existing air cargo terminals.

Airport Authority Hong Kong, which operates the Hong Kong International Airport, has said it will need to increase the airport's cargo handling capacity to meet rising air cargo volumes. In 2005, cargo traffic rose 10% to 3.4 million metric tons.

The authority said earlier it is consulting with existing cargo terminal operators and business partners regarding a third terminal, after Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) proposed to build a cargo terminal to handle its own operations.

In June, the airline said it wanted to build the facility because of high handling costs at Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd., which currently processes about 90% of the city's air cargo. Cathay is Hactl's largest customer.

The airport authority hasn't approved Cathay's proposal, nor has it said whether it will launch a public tender for the project.

Sun Hung Kai Properties said Thursday its net profit in the year ended June 30 was HK$19.85 billion, up from HK$17.90 billion the previous year.
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Airports in PRD 'need joint action'
16 September 2006
China Daily - Hong Kong Edition

Airports in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region must increase the level of their cooperation and seek integration for the benefit of the entire zone, Hong Kong Airport Authority CEO David Pang said yesterday.

Delivering a speech at a luncheon hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, he said airports of China, including the one in Hong Kong, would be the economic growth engine of the country in the 21st century.

Airlines facilitate the flow of goods and passengers and maximize the economic value of goods. But since there are five airports serving the PRD region, their services often overlap, he said.

China's civil aviation has come of age. The mainland today has 142 airports, and the number will increase by 44 in another four years under the 11th Five-Year Plan. Thirty-four more airports would be added by 2020, taking the total number to 220.

"This would provide tremendous opportunities for further growth as the mainland is striving for double-digit growth in passenger, cargo, aircraft and pilots. This also means tremendous opportunities for Hong Kong International Airport to maintain its status as the gateway airport of China by offering excellent connecting services," he said.

But noting that airports in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are building new runways or passenger terminals, he said there was little room for expansion for Hong Kong airport to do so.

Its two runways are nearing their capacity, but even then it's very difficult to build a third.

Land is scarce in Hong Kong, he said, and building a new runway is a capital-extensive task because it involves reclamation and removal of mud. The Airport Authority has nevertheless commissioned a feasibility study for a new runway to expand its services, he said.
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HKIA Records Solid Growth in August
New Business Aviation Hangar to Open in 2007

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(HONG KONG, 20 September 2006) - Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 4.1 million passengers in August, an 8.7% increase from the same period last year. Supported by continuous growth in passenger numbers, aircraft movements grew 3.3%, to 23,800. Cargo throughput maintained its upward trend with total tonnage rising 3.4% from August 2005, to 292,000.

In the past 12 months, passenger throughput grew 8.7%, to 43 million. Cargo throughput and aircraft movements increased 6.6% and 9.6%, respectively, to 3.5 million tonnes and 277,440 movements.

Business aviation has experienced similar, strong growth. To better serve passengers and enhance HKIA's status as a global aviation hub, the Airport Authority today signed an agreement with Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre Limited (BAC) for the construction of a new hangar. Located on a 4,500-square-metre site adjacent to BAC's existing hangar, the new building is almost double the size of the company's current hangar and is able to accommodate large aircraft such as the Boeing 737-800 and Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ).

The Airport Authority's Commercial Director, Hans Bakker, welcomed the new initiative. He said, "Business aviation is one of the fastest-growing segments at HKIA. In the first six months of 2006, business aircraft movements surged 40% from the same period last year."

BAC will spend about HK$100 million on the new hangar, which is scheduled to open in 2007. The Airport Authority will invest $80 million to expand the nearby apron, a move that will enhance the taxiway to facilitate the efficient movement of aircraft and provide additional parking space for business jets. Construction will take place in phases with taxiway enhancement completed by 2007 and the remaining works by the end of 2008.
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Dragonair Aug Passengers Up 15.6% On-Year To 517,856
18 September 2006

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. said Monday it carried 15.6% more passengers in August than it did in the same month last year, boosted by a strong summer travel season.

The airline, which is wholly-owned by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK), said it carried 517,856 passengers during the month, up from 448,093 a year
earlier. Its cargo volumes rose 1.1% to 32,192 metric tons from 31,856 tons.

'The August passenger figures were very strong, mainly due to the high number of leisure travelers,' Chief Executive Kenny Tang said, adding that the airline operated 38 additional flights during the month to meet demand.

He said the airline recorded double-digit growth in the number of passengers on routes to mainland China and Taiwan, particularly on Beijing and Shanghai
services.

Unlisted Dragonair was bought out by Cathay Pacific in August. The airline has a fleet of 31 aircraft, and flies to 23 Asian cities, mostly in mainland China.
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Someone on airliners.net speaks about a new OA Athens-HK flight!

http://www.airliners.net/discussions....main/3004089/

It is official , and if everything goes as planned , Olympic Airlines (OA / OAL) will announce a new flight to Hong Kong (HKG / VHHH) as of october 29th, 2006.The flight (OA / OAL 481-2) in cooperation with Hellenic Duty Free shops and faux bijoux magnate Folli Follie , will be operated 3 times weekly , leaving Athens (ATH / LGAV) every Wednesday,Friday and Sunday at 19:00GMT/22:00 local , arriving in HKG 06:00GMT/15:00 local and flying back to ATH at 12:30GMT arriving 00:30GMT/03:30 local.
Flights will be operated with OA's 4 A340-300. Deals have been made to forward passengers into mainland China on Dragonair , and to ICN,MNL,KIX,NRT,SYD on Cathay Pacific.
To cover the gap on the ATH-LHR and ATH-CDG flights where OA is using the A340 , they are looking to lease five B737 or A320 (with Airbus leading the race rumors say) , specially configured to handle the big demand of Business class passengers on these routes. In addition they will further expand to the balkans , taking advantage of more aircraft in the fleet.Lack of aircraft has been olympic's main problem of route cutting the previous years.
Great news Olympic! it was about time to see the rings back in SE Asia.
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Someone on airliners.net speaks about a new OA Athens-HK flight!

http://www.airliners.net/discussions....main/3004089/

It is official , and if everything goes as planned , Olympic Airlines (OA / OAL) will announce a new flight to Hong Kong (HKG / VHHH) as of october 29th, 2006.The flight (OA / OAL 481-2) in cooperation with Hellenic Duty Free shops and faux bijoux magnate Folli Follie , will be operated 3 times weekly , leaving Athens (ATH / LGAV) every Wednesday,Friday and Sunday at 19:00GMT/22:00 local , arriving in HKG 06:00GMT/15:00 local and flying back to ATH at 12:30GMT arriving 00:30GMT/03:30 local.
Flights will be operated with OA's 4 A340-300. Deals have been made to forward passengers into mainland China on Dragonair , and to ICN,MNL,KIX,NRT,SYD on Cathay Pacific.
To cover the gap on the ATH-LHR and ATH-CDG flights where OA is using the A340 , they are looking to lease five B737 or A320 (with Airbus leading the race rumors say) , specially configured to handle the big demand of Business class passengers on these routes. In addition they will further expand to the balkans , taking advantage of more aircraft in the fleet.Lack of aircraft has been olympic's main problem of route cutting the previous years.
Great news Olympic! it was about time to see the rings back in SE Asia.
Nice! I haven't picked this news up from the Hong Kong press yet. I'll keep an eye on it.
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Old September 26th, 2006, 08:38 PM   #1753
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HK airport needs to plan ahead to meet travel growth demands
Improved airspace and a third runway essential: IATA
Business Times (Singapore) 09/25/2006
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The city, which has Asia's third- busiest airport by passenger numbers, needs a new runway to meet growth in travel demand, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said.

The government should start planning a third airport runway and also improve airspace management with China, Giovanni Bisignani, chief executive officer of the group that represents 265 carriers worldwide, said in Hong Kong on Friday.

Airport Authority Hong Kong is spending HK$4.5 billion (S$916.2 million) to boost capacity as passenger numbers are estimated to grow 23 per cent to 50 million by 2010. The government-owned operator may release a report by the end of the year on expansion plans until 2025. 'It's important that the government starts to discuss this in order to be ready,' Mr Bisignani told reporters after a speech. Hong Kong may miss out on China's growth in tourism numbers if it doesn't plan ahead, he said.

Hong Kong International Airport, which has two runways, can handle 45 million passengers and 3 million tonnes of cargo a year. The operator is adding parking stands and other facilities in an expansion plan by 2010, it said on Jan 26.

Hong Kong also needs to improve air traffic control and remove a cap of 53 aircraft movements per hour, Mr Bisignani said.

Congested airspace is increasing airlines' costs, Philip Chen, chief executive officer of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said. 'We're adding a lot of minutes on flights into Hong Kong,' Mr Chen said in a speech on Friday. 'This adds to fuel burn, has an environmental impact and time added for customers and crew.'

The IATA is in talks with China's aviation regulator and air force to open three air corridors to reduce flying time from Europe and cut fuel costs for airlines.

The industry group has proposed shorter routes for flights to reach Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou from Europe. 'We hope to see some improvement at the end of next year,' Mr Bisignani said. The IATA will hold meetings with Chinese officials in Geneva in the next few months, he added.

China opened in April a route, IATA-1, through its western Qinghai province, cutting 30 minutes of flight time between Europe and Hong Kong.
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 06:09 AM   #1754
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Oasis eyes London to Hong Kong cargo sector
By Keith Wallis in Hong Kong
25 September 2006
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OASIS Hong Kong, the newly launched low fare airline, will muscle in on the busy Hong Kong-London airfreight scene with plans to generate more than 20% of its revenue from cargo.

The airline’s chief executive Steve Miller said: “Cargo is very important to us.”

The carrier has chosen Cargolux, the Luxembourg-based all-cargo airline, as its general sales agent and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) as its cargo handler.

Oasis Hong Kong will start operating on October 25 using two Boeing 747-400s that were previously owned by Singapore Airlines. Oasis Hong Kong will operate four flights a week between Hong Kong and London Gatwick, carrying cargo in the belly hold.

Oasis Hong Kong commercial director Kenneth Chad said Cargolux would be responsible for selling all cargo space on Oasis aircraft. He denied that Cargolux has block booked a portion of the available hold space to augment its own cargo capacity between Hong Kong and London.

Mr Miller, who started working for Cargolux in 1972 before forming Hong Kong Dragon Airlines (Dragonair) in 1985, said the airline plans to acquire a further three aircraft by the end of 2007.
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 06:10 AM   #1755
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Hong Kong airport records 8.7 percent rise in August passenger traffic
20 September 2006

HONG KONG (AP) - Some 4.08 million passengers passed through Hong Kong International Airport in August, an 8.7 percent increase compared to the same month last year, Hong Kong's Airport Authority said Thursday.

The airport handled 3.76 million passengers in August 2005, the authority said in a statement. Cargo traffic in August rose 3.4 percent to 292,000 tons (321,200 short tons) from 282,344 tons a year earlier.

Total aircraft movements for the month rose 3.3 percent to 23,750, from 22,981.

In the 12 months ended August, passenger traffic rose 8.7 percent to 43.30 million, while cargo traffic rose 6.6 percent to 3.52 million tons (3.87 million short tons).

Opened in 1998, Hong Kong International Airport operates more than 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 in the future.
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Overdue Airbus giant to make a flying visit to Hong Kong
5 October 2006
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Hong Kong aviation enthusiasts will get their first glimpse of Airbus' giant new A380 aircraft next month when it flies into Chek Lap Kok on its second scheduled operating test of Asian airports.

The A380 - the first commercial delivery of which Airbus said yesterday would be delayed a further 10 months to next October - is to arrive on November 18. It will also make stops at Tokyo, Seoul and Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

"It is destined to be a landmark opportunity to show off both the newest member of Airbus' family and Hong Kong's 21st century infrastructure," said Martin Craigs, president of Aerospace Forum Asia.

Mr Craigs said Airbus had been invited to bring the aircraft for public viewing - after a harbour flyover - at Hong Kong's inaugural Asian Aerospace Expo and Congress in September, a month before Singapore Airlines (SIA) is now expected to take delivery of the first A380.

The world's largest passenger aircraft will be at the airport for about 24 hours as it tests the compatibility of ramp-handling equipment, passenger gates and cargo-related infrastructure.

Airbus, plagued by wiring and software problems believed to be in part associated with the advanced in-flight entertainment systems, warned investors yesterday to expect an aggregate earnings shortfall of {euro}4.8 billion (HK$47 billion) to 2010 as it wrestled with delivery delays for the A380.

Singapore Airlines, the launch customer for the US$292 million aircraft at list prices, said it was still weighing up the full impact of the delays on its growth plans. Airbus had promised to deliver the first aircraft in March this year.

"We're very disappointed about the delays," said SIA spokesman Stephen Forshaw. "We will have to extend some leases on some B747-400s that we had counted on retiring when the A380s were delivered. But all of our growth plans were not tied to the A380."

SIA is scheduled to take delivery of 10 B777-300ERs from rival manufacturer Boeing in the next nine months.

Other premium airlines such as Qantas, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic have had their fleet plans similarly disrupted. No Hong Kong carriers have ordered the aircraft.
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Old October 9th, 2006, 02:30 AM   #1757
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so A380 will be in HK on Nov this year, and Sept next year. Good news for airplane spotter in HK.
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does anyone have updates of the sky plaza construction?
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Airport moots a third runway
Hong Kong Standard
Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Airport Authority is studying the feasibility of building a third runway in Hong Kong in expectation of exponential growth in mainland air traffic.
Seems like a wasted study IMO. Construction of a third runway, requiring expensive land reclamation, on the grounds of "expected exponential growth" sounds extremely over-hyped, especially when massive expansion projects at Shenzhen Airport and New Baiyun are taken into consideration.

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