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Old January 25th, 2007, 04:14 PM   #1881
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I see some construction work but I don't think that's for the terminal. The focus is on T2 on the other side of the Airport Express station.
The construction has been there for years now, wonder what are they doing there.
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Old January 27th, 2007, 08:07 PM   #1882
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英航罷工12班機取消
27/01/2007

【本報訊】英國航空公司機艙服務員工會因不滿資方削減有薪病假,計劃下星期罷工兩日,屆時十二班來往香港和倫敦班機要取消。英航正安排受影響的乘客退款、轉機或改乘其他航空公司的班機。

英航香港發言人昨表示,英航工會計劃在下周二凌晨起罷工兩天,十二班來往香港和倫敦班機要取消,包括每日三班由倫敦飛往香港的班機,以及二月二日至四日由香港飛往倫敦的六班機。英航拒絕透露有多少乘客受影響。
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Old January 29th, 2007, 07:59 PM   #1883
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Airport baggage handlers raise radiation alarm
Hong Kong Standard
Monday, January 29, 2007

Alarmed by signs of potential radiation effects, baggage handlers at Hong Kong International Airport are demanding annual health checkups and a full investigation to ensure their work environment is free of radiation hazards.
The handlers, who work below the baggage carousels, have complained of increasing headaches, hair loss and sick days since the airport began using a radio frequency identification (RFID) system to direct baggage in 2005.

The workers, citing anecdotal evidence, fear that prolonged exposure to radiation on a daily basis could increase their susceptibility to cancer.

Chow Siu-sung, general secretary of the Airport Air Freight Employees' Association, says he has nearly 1,000 signatures on a petition demanding that the Airport Authority pay more attention to worker safety.

One of the workers, surnamed Ng, said he has suffered from increasingly frequent headaches since the new system was implemented.

He added that a colleague had developed leukemia, though doctors have been unable to link the cancer to prolonged radiation exposure.

According to Ng, who has been handling baggage for more than 10 years, a number of large scanning machines hang above the place where the handlers worked during their 9-hour days.

"It is like having giant scanners shooting radiation at us from all angles, day after day," he said.

Chow said that he enquired in November about the system's safety with Hong Kong Airport Services - the joint venture between Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair that employs the workers.

But Chow said he has yet to receive a reply.

Responding to a press inquiry, Jon Conway, that company's director and general manager, said it would follow up with an investigation on workplace safety.

But he pointed out that only 1.11 percent of workers took sick leave last year, which was down from 1.59 percent in 2005.

An employee for the Airport Authority said that it has yet to receive any complaints from workers, but would look further into the matter.

The employee also noted that a 2004 study conducted by researchers at City University of Hong Kong found that the RFID technology's effect on human beings was 30 times less than the radiation caused by mobile phones, and well below internationally accepted standards.

Edward Yung Kai-ning, director of the Wireless Communications Research Center at City University, said that researchers had visited the airport last week to take samples, and found the radiation levels low.

The Labour Department said it is concerned about the situation, and would send people to investigate further.

Hong Kong International Airport handles an average of 1.6 million pieces of luggage every month, and spent about HK$50 million in 2005 to introduce the RFID system.

Previously, baggage sorting was conducted by hand - using bar codes - a more cumbersome system that was prone to errors.
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Old February 6th, 2007, 08:34 AM   #1884
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Dragonair union attacks medical rule
New cabin crew staff have to disclose health data on demand

6 February 2007
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Dragonair's cabin crew union has attacked the airline over what it says is an unfair employment clause that requires staff to disclose their medical records on demand.

The union told a forum that new staff had been bound by the requirement since last year.

It comes a month after Cathay Pacific Airways was convicted of breaching the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance for penalising staff who refused to provide their medical record upon request.

Unionist lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan said Dragonair's practice was even more "appalling" than that of Cathay Pacific, which asked for staff consent in procuring their medical records only after they had been on long and frequent sick leave.

The secretary of the Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association, Michelle Hong Kam-chu, said the union only discovered the new provision three or four months ago when it was reviewing a labour issue on holiday pay.

"I believe many of our junior cabin crew members may not have paid attention to such terms when they signed the contracts, and those who did felt they had no choice if they wanted to keep their jobs," she told the forum.

Ms Hong said the union had not received any complaints about the clause but would soon seek a meeting with management to demand the contracts be rectified or the "unfair provision" taken out.

"Medical records are private data. It is unfair that the company at its discretion can tap into our medical history, including our health condition before we joined the company," she said.

Dragonair said the clause was introduced in January last year to ensure flight attendant productivity and that 277 crew members were not subject to it.

A spokesman said the airline had not exercised its rights under the clause so far.

The forum, organised by the Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union, was attended by doctors, legislators, unionists and cabin crew from both airlines.

Cathay union chairwoman Becky Kwan Siu-wah complained about the airline's sick-leave policy, which she said was uncaring and lacked transparency.

"Many of our flight attendants who were put on the Attendance Monitoring Programme were given lengthy standby blocks where they had nothing to do but wait. They don't even know how they slipped into the programme," she said.

The programme recently introduced by Cathay Pacific serves to monitor performance of flight attendants who take long and frequent sick leave. Through regular interviews, the crew may be requested to disclose their medical records.

Fifteen cabin staff had been dismissed since the programme was launched in October, but a spokeswoman said these sackings had nothing to do with their failure to provide medical records.

The Hong Kong Doctors Union condemned the rule.

President Henry Yeung Chiu-fat said it not only increased misunderstanding between patients and doctors but showed a mistrust of professional conduct among doctors.

A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said the programme was not meant to be punitive but to rationalise roster stability.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 06:23 AM   #1885
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HK Govt Won't Privatize Airport Authority Near Term - Report
6 February 2007

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--The Hong Kong government won't privatize and list its wholly owned Airport Authority Hong Kong in the near term, the Chinese-language Hong Kong Economic Times reported Wednesday.

The strong profitability of the operator of the city's international airport and the government's fiscal surplus have removed any urgency for an imminent public share sale, the paper cited a person familiar with the situation as saying.

In 2005, the government received a dividend totaling HK$1.3 billion from the airport authority, the paper said.

The government said in 2005 it intended to privatize the airport authority through an initial public offering, but the plan has been delayed.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 06:24 AM   #1886
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Sun Hung Kai, Cathay join race for terminal
3 February 2007
Hong Kong Standard

The Airport Authority has received expressions of interest to build the city's third cargo terminal from Sun Hung Kai Properties (0016) and Cathay Pacific Airways (0293), according to a source.

The authority would only say ``it was pleased and satisfied with the number of applications received during the prequalification process,'' which ended Friday. It would not be drawn on the names of potential candidates.

The authority's commercial director Hans Bakker said it will ``evaluate the candidates and seek approval from the board for the final selection.''

Last month, the authority proceeded with a prequalification process to award a franchise to design, finance, build and operate the terminal. A Cathay Pacific spokesman confirmed it has put forward an application. A source said Sun Hung Kai also submitted an application.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals and Singapore-based Asia Airfreight Terminal control about 90 percent of air cargo movements at the airport.

Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip Shu-kwan said the terminal will lead to lower cargo costs as it would increase competition between the terminal operators.

Air cargo throughput was about four million tonnes last year, with the authority estimating demand would double to eight million tonnes by 2025.

HACTL said in July it handled 1.19 million tonnes in the first half, up 5.8 percent from the same period in 2005.

At the time, corporate development director Warren Bishop said the compound annual growth was estimated at 5.3 percent from 2008 to 2015.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 05:09 AM   #1887
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HK airport gears up for Lunar New Year holidays

HONG KONG, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is preparing for the annual Lunar New Year's coming when about 800 extra passenger flights are scheduled to depart and arrive between Feb. 13 and March 1, Hong Kong Airport Authority said Sunday.

The number of departing passenger flights is expected to peak on Feb. 18, the first day of the Chinese New Year, when additional flights will comprise more than 10 percent of the day's total, the authority said.

"Facilities in Terminal 1 approach saturation during Lunar New Year and other peak travel periods. The phased opening of Terminal 2 (T2) allows us to better serve existing traffic and meet future demand," Commercial Director Hans Bakker said, adding that T2's added capacity, and its exciting range of shopping, dining and entertainment options, will strengthen HKIA's position as a regional and international aviation hub.

From Feb. 12 to 25, the "God of Fortune" will be greeting passengers. Traditional lion dance will also be performed to bring good luck and happiness to local and international travelers. Children can unleash their arts and crafts talents at the handicraft workshops before boarding, the authority added.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 05:11 AM   #1888
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HK Air Cargo Terminals January Throughput Up 0.4% On Yr
8 February 2007

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. said Thursday its throughput in January rose 0.4% from a year earlier to 192,228 metric tons.

Hactl, which handles about 80% of air cargo passing through Hong Kong International Airport, said export volume during the month fell 0.7% to 107,205 tons, while import volume rose 5.6% to 54,437 tons.

Transshipment volume fell 4.3% from a year earlier to 30,586 tons. Year-earlier figures weren't provided.

Hactl is jointly owned by Swire Group, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Jardine Pacific Ltd., Wharf (Holdings) Ltd., Hutchison International Port Holdings Ltd., China National Aviation Corp., and CITIC Pacific Ltd.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 05:14 AM   #1889
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From news.gov.hk:
Airport gears up for new year rush
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Old February 14th, 2007, 05:19 AM   #1890
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Interesting articles the technology at Hong Kong is so high tech perhaps if they used it in some of the airports in the US it would help ease traffic waiting at runways.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 06:56 PM   #1891
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Old February 15th, 2007, 02:07 AM   #1893
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Interesting articles the technology at Hong Kong is so high tech perhaps if they used it in some of the airports in the US it would help ease traffic waiting at runways.
I wish the immigration process is as fast as the one in Hong Kong. Immigration process takes 30 seconds if there are no line and you are a permanent resident with a HKID card.
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Old February 15th, 2007, 04:38 AM   #1894
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Does American Airlines flies directly to Hong Kong??Which US airlines fly to HKIA?
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Old February 15th, 2007, 05:02 AM   #1895
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Does American Airlines flies directly to Hong Kong??Which US airlines fly to HKIA?
Off the top of my head :
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United

American codeshares with Cathay, and doesn't fly its planes to Hong Kong.
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Old February 15th, 2007, 07:07 AM   #1896
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I wish the immigration process is as fast as the one in Hong Kong. Immigration process takes 30 seconds if there are no line and you are a permanent resident with a HKID card.
hahahahah, yes, and if you aren't, then it can take a looonnng time... I do like the biometrics for HK residents though. Really speeds up the process going through immigration, and they no longer stamp your passport every time either.

that said, I think immigration at Singapore Changi is still the most efficient. I've never had to wait longer than 10-15 minutes to get through.
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Old February 15th, 2007, 04:56 PM   #1897
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@ daloso

Imho, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok will be better off without the presence of those tacky American Airlines livery. But that's just my opinion.
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Old February 15th, 2007, 05:04 PM   #1898
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Off the top of my head :
Northwest
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American codeshares with Cathay, and doesn't fly its planes to Hong Kong.
Delta codeshears with Korean Air, transfer at Incheon.
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Old February 15th, 2007, 05:11 PM   #1899
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I wish the immigration process is as fast as the one in Hong Kong. Immigration process takes 30 seconds if there are no line and you are a permanent resident with a HKID card.
When I was in JFK last summer, visitor visa holders got in the US way faster than those held a US passport and permanent resident card. I was in line for 30 minutes to get in as a US resident and everyone was gone in the visitor line in less than 20 minutes.
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Old February 16th, 2007, 01:08 AM   #1900
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When I was in JFK last summer, visitor visa holders got in the US way faster than those held a US passport and permanent resident card. I was in line for 30 minutes to get in as a US resident and everyone was gone in the visitor line in less than 20 minutes.
Yea, I agree. No wonder many people are complaining about how lax the US border and security control is.
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