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Old January 1st, 2016, 08:47 PM   #301
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HK$10-billion Midfield Concourse Opens On Schedule
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(HONG KONG, 28 December 2015) – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)’s HK$10-billion Midfield Concourse (MFC), as well as its auxiliary facilities including the aviation fuel supply system and the Automated People Mover connecting Terminal 1 and the MFC, were completed on schedule. Jack So, Chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) and Zhang Kui, President of Hong Kong Airlines Limited, accompanied by C K Ng, Executive Director, Airport Operations of the AA and Ben Wong, Chief Operating Officer of Hong Kong Airlines officiated today at the opening ceremony of MFC and welcomed its first batch of passengers.

Construction of the 105,000-square-metre five-storey new concourse began in 2011. Located to the west of Terminal 1 and between the two existing runways, the MFC provides 20 parking stands and connects with Terminal 1 via an extension of the Automated People Mover system. The concourse will gradually introduce restaurants, coffee shops and retail outlets to provide passengers with one-stop shopping and dining experience.

The first departure from the MFC was Hong Kong Airlines with flight HX658 bound for Okinawa. An inauguration ceremony was held at the departure gate before takeoff. Jack So, Chairman of AA, Zhang Kui, President of Hong Kong Airlines, C K Ng, Executive Director, Airport Operations of AAHK and Ben Wong, Chief Operating Officer of Hong Kong Airlines celebrated this memorable moment with the flight’s nearly 300 passengers. Passengers also received souvenirs to commemorate this new page in the airport’s history.
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Airport Authority mulls third-runway bonds
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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Airport Authority Hong Kong said it is considering issuing bonds via the Mandatory Provident Scheme to fund its HK$141-billion third-runway project.
The notes would be expected to yield about 5 percent a year, beating the average return of the MPF.

AAHK chairman Fred Lam Tin-fuk warned a construction delay on the runway project, which is now facing more than one judicial review, could add costs of as much as HK$7 billion a year.

The suggestion was raised by lawmaker Wu Chi-wai from the Democratic Party at a Legislative Council meeting yesterday. He said the estimated borrowing costs at about five percent a year would be a good investment option for employees. Lam said AA can study its feasibility.

MPF funds have returned an average annualized 3.4 percent in the past 15 years, and 2.1 percent in the past three years. The bonds could have an eight- year term covering the construction period starting at the earliest this year.

The authority earlier said it would raise HK$69 billion from borrowings such as long-tenor bonds, retail bonds, Islamic bonds and commercial bank loans.
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Longer sails between Macau and HKIA
4 January 2016
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Ferry trips between the territory and the Hong Kong Int’l Airport (HKIA) have recently decreased in frequency and increased in length. The measure entered into force on December 28 last year.

As announced at the request of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, all ferry trips between the SkyPier and Macau ferry terminals are being rerouted and subjected to speed restrictions that extend the journey time to approximately 70 minutes, from the normal 45 minutes.

Regarding TurboJet company, these measures also came to affect the frequency of the ferries and their schedules with a reduction from six to four trips a day from HKIA to Macau Outer Harbor, and from seven to six trips per day in the opposite direction.

As for Cotai Water Jet, and aside from alterations to the sailing duration, the company announced that the trip scheduled to take place at 11a.m. from Hong Kong Ferry Terminal to Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal would no longer make a stopover at HKIA.

According to the same source, these restrictions are related to the expansion of the HKIA into a three-runway system, which has recently begun construction.
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Protesters in noisy landing
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Twenty Ma Wan residents, in pajamas and sporting made-up eyebags, showed up at a Town Planning Board meeting yesterday to oppose the third airport runway plan.

They said they were annoyed by the noise of aircraft flying overhead and criticized the government and Airport Authority for ignoring their complaints.

In the lobby, the group played a short drama of scenes of residents sleepless in Ma Wan and the noise they have to endure before entering the public hearing at 8.45am at the board's headquarters in North Point..

Every five minutes of the hearing, the protesters made aircraft noises.

Tsuen Wan district councillor for the Ma Wan constituency Roy Tam Hoi-pong, who led the protest, said: "Ma Wan has been affected by the noise pollution from the airport and residents have been complaining and annoyed every second.

"The Airport Authority keeps promoting the third runway, saying that there'll be fewer airplanes crossing over Man Wan if the project is completed," Tam said.

"But the former director of civil aviation, Albert Lam Kwong-yu, has said the problem could not be solved unless cross-border airspace allows more airplanes flying to the south."

However, he said, it was almost impossible for a more open cross-border airspace.
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Old February 4th, 2016, 05:33 AM   #306
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HK$10-billion Midfield Concourse Opens On Schedule
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(HONG KONG, 28 December 2015) – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)’s HK$10-billion Midfield Concourse (MFC), as well as its auxiliary facilities including the aviation fuel supply system and the Automated People Mover connecting Terminal 1 and the MFC, were completed on schedule. Jack So, Chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) and Zhang Kui, President of Hong Kong Airlines Limited, accompanied by C K Ng, Executive Director, Airport Operations of the AA and Ben Wong, Chief Operating Officer of Hong Kong Airlines officiated today at the opening ceremony of MFC and welcomed its first batch of passengers.

Construction of the 105,000-square-metre five-storey new concourse began in 2011. Located to the west of Terminal 1 and between the two existing runways, the MFC provides 20 parking stands and connects with Terminal 1 via an extension of the Automated People Mover system. The concourse will gradually introduce restaurants, coffee shops and retail outlets to provide passengers with one-stop shopping and dining experience.

The first departure from the MFC was Hong Kong Airlines with flight HX658 bound for Okinawa. An inauguration ceremony was held at the departure gate before takeoff. Jack So, Chairman of AA, Zhang Kui, President of Hong Kong Airlines, C K Ng, Executive Director, Airport Operations of AAHK and Ben Wong, Chief Operating Officer of Hong Kong Airlines celebrated this memorable moment with the flight’s nearly 300 passengers. Passengers also received souvenirs to commemorate this new page in the airport’s history.
Looking at the schedule today, seems AirAsia and Hong Kong Express are also operating from the 2XX gates.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 06:26 PM   #307
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Speed limits protecting dolphins relaxed
16 February 2016
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The Airport Authority has been accused of "moving the goalposts" after allowing captains of high-speed ferries to and from its SkyPier to break the speed limit in waters used by the Chinese white dolphin for "navigational safety".

A conservationist slammed the move and called for the authority's environmental permit to be revoked.

The strict 15-knot limit was imposed specifically for the area, due to the area's importance to the mammal, under the conditions of its permit for its third runway project.

An internal letter seen by the Post issued by the Hong KongSeamens Union on February 3 notified its members that they had strongly opposed the limit from the outset and following arecent meeting the authority told them that they could travel as fast as 19 knots under certain circumstances.

"A representative for the authority stated that a captain can increase speed to 19 knots for reasons of safety, without receiving a warning," the union said. "Of course they hope that in normal circumstances we can maintain speeds below 15 knots. But if caught speeding, and it is not a regular occurrence, they will not carry out any sort of action."

A spokesman for the authority did not address the letter but acknowledged it had heard concerns from the industry and would continue to work with relevant parties on research.

He also did not answer whether the relaxation was a breach of the permit, but said that if there was no "appropriate explanation" on grounds such as navigational safety, water currents or adverse weather, the authority would issue a written warning and further violations could lead to service suspension.

Dolphin Conservation Society chairman Dr Samuel Hung Ka-yiu said the authority's response proved they were deliberately relaxing restrictions and may have been in serious breach of the environmental permit.

He said: "What is the use of a rule if the rule can be changed? They are moving the goalposts. Their environmental permit should be revoked."
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Old February 25th, 2016, 04:03 PM   #308
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when is phase two of the midfield concourse supposed to start?
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Old February 27th, 2016, 06:27 PM   #311
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when is phase two of the midfield concourse supposed to start?
You mean the 2021 piece in red?

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Airport passenger charge is 'unlawful'
2 March 2016
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Legal challenge to levy ranging from HK$90 to HK$180 per trip that would fund third runway holds that it would amount to a form of taxation

A proposed fee for passengers flying out of Hong Kong International Airport would be unlawful, the High Court was told yesterday.

The levy, ranging from HK$90 to HK$180 per trip, was put forward by the Airport Authority to help meet the cost of the third runway for the airport, said to be approaching capacity.

In a challenge to the HK$141.5 billion infrastructure project, City University student Hui Sin-hang has sought leave for a judicial review of what she said was the Chief Executive in Council's decision to endorse the fee last March.

Hui's application was heard in conjunction with those of League of Social Democrats vice-chairman Raphael Wong Ho-ming and social activist Koo Sze-yiu, who were not legally represented in court yesterday.

Hui's lawyer, Hectar Pun Hei SC, argued that the authority's proposed fee, being compulsory and enforceable by law, would be tantamount to taxation and should have been approved by the Legislative Council.

The barrister also questioned the way the government managed joint airspace with neighbouring mainland cities, citing Article 130 of the Basic Law, which stipulates Hong Kong should be responsible for its own matters relating to civil aviation.

But Benjamin Yu SC, for the Chief Executive in Council, argued the Basic Law did not forbid the city liaising with Shenzhen on airspace issues or routes.

Yu noted that arguments over shared use of airspace had been in the public domain for years and queried why the issue had been brought up by the activist now.

He also dismissed procedural concerns over the fee as an invalid reason for opposing the runway.

The authority's barrister, Russell Coleman SC, said it was clearly within the authority's powers to impose the fee, as seen from the Airport Authority Ordinance.

Coleman told Court of First Instance judge Mr Justice Anderson Chow Ka-ming that the ordinance states the authority has a duty to maintain the city's status as a centre of international and regional aviation.

The same ordinance also provides that the authority may raise money specifically for the airport's development in accordance with prudent commercial principles, he said.
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Airspace sharing `breaks the law'
March 7, 2016

Airspace sharing is inevitable after the construction of the proposed third runway and it will be in breach of the Basic Law, green groups said.

Green Sense and the Airport Development Concern Network have investigated flight paths of 16,440 and 3,330 flights of Shenzhen and Macau airports in January this year, with data obtained from Flight Radar24 and Flight Aware websites.

Overlaps were found in around 20 and 40 percent paths of Shenzhen and Macau flights with the possible departure track and go-around path of the proposed third runway.

"A vertical distance of 1,000 feet is required between two paths according to international civil aviation standard, and it cannot be attained by current plan," network spokesman Michael Mo Kwan-tai said.

Mo said overlaps will jeopardize flight safety.

Green Sense chief executive Roy Tam Hoi- pong said the conflict of overlap has to be resolved by sharing the airspace, or integrating the airspace of Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

Both solutions breach Article 130 of the Basic Law that stipulates the HKSAR right to manage routine business and technical management of civil aviation.

"This is `co-location arrangement in the air'. We must not let airspace sharing become an established fact with the construction of the proposed third runway," Tam said.
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Robots, use of seawater play up new-age design
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March 16, 2016

Chek Lap Kok may soon be one of the world's greenest airports amid plans to incorporate robotic and personalized services and seawater flushing into the design for the third runway concourse.

Airport Authority officials revealed some of the green principles that will be applied to the design at a Legco meeting yesterday.

"We will strive to make the airport one of the world's greenest and for that reason we see the three-runway system project as an opportunity to further enhance our credentials in that respect," third runway project executive director Kevin Poole said.

In general, the green credentials of a building are awarded on aspects of energy efficiency, water consumption, air quality and waste management, Poole said.

For example, to enhance energy efficiency, the availability of daylight in the building will be optimized by facade glazing and roof glazing while maintaining visual comfort and preventing an excessive cooling load.

The introduction of courtyards will transform a typical "deep plan" concourse into a "shallow plan" one that improves daylight conditions.

The building will use direct seawater in the cooling system and treated seawater for toilet flushing.

Gray water from washing basins and air-conditioning condensate will be collected and treated for reuse as irrigation water.

A series of smart infrastructure is also incorporated into the design.

A high-speed and fully automated baggage handling system, which will comprise carriers capable of working at up to 10 meters per second in the tunnel, will be built to ensure a high level of baggage delivery service. To complement that, a robotic arm system will be built to help operators load containers and carts.
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Runway squeeze hampering expansion in HK, says UPS
11 April 2016
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Package-delivery company sees huge room for growth despite adding more flights to Shenzhen

UPS, the world's largest package-delivery company, says Hong Kong remains very competitive when it comes to air cargo, but it is finding it hard to add flights here due to runway saturation and now has more flights to and from Shenzhen.

"Hong Kong's air transportation is still one of the most efficient in the world," the company's managing director for Hong Kong and Macau, Steven Wong, said last week.

"Many of our South China clients choose to ship their goods from Hong Kong instead of places like Shenzhen."

Wong said Hong Kong's free port position gave it great advantages in more efficient inspections and faster customs clearance as well as a more extensive global route network.Many of our South China clients choose to ship their goods from Hong Kong instead of ShenzhenSteven Wong, UPS

"A parcel picked up at Hong Kong Island at 4pm could be handed to the customer in the US the next morning," Wong said.

But Hong Kong faces a growing challenge from Shenzhen, which replaced Hong Kong as the world's third-busiest container port in 2013.

Wong said Hong Kong's air transportation was still ahead of Shanghai or Shenzhen, but it was hard to increase flights to and from the city as "airport space is very tight".

UPS has about 60 flights taking off or landing in Hong Kong every week, compared with more than 80 in Shenzhen.

To cater to the growing demand for online shopping, UPS has installed lockers in office buildings and convenience stores in other markets so that packages can be dropped off or picked up at any time.

Wong said it had studied bringing such services to Hong Kong, but had found it was almost impossible as options such as convenience stores were too small to accommodate lockers.
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Third runway raises fears of mainland say on airspace
13 April 2016

It would be necessary for Hong Kong to allow mainland authorities to administer its airspace if the airport's third runway is to be built, an aviation official told lawmakers.

Members of the Legislative Council's subcommittee on the third runway yesterday expressed fears that issues arising from a new runway would be a repeat of the Express Rail Link co- location immigration arrangement, as the transport chief refuses to make public arrangements on airspace.

When the third runway is built, the number of flights per hour would increase to 102, and it would be inevitable for Hong Kong to let mainland authorities administer some of its airspace, said Samuel Ng, senior evaluation officer of the Civil Aviation Department.

The arrangement is in line with the Basic Law and international standards, Ng said.

Lawmaker Kenneth Chan Ka-lok said Hong Kong people may not feel comfortable with letting mainland authorities administer their airspace.

Legislator Lee Cheuk-yan said the biggest problem is that lawmakers have no idea about what agreement the SAR government reached with its mainland counterparts.

"I can smell the scent of the Express Rail Link," Lee said.

Ng said the airport has once reached its highest capacity of 68 flights per hour last winter, the main constraint is the safety distance between aircraft required by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
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Third-runway charges to kick in from August
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Source : http://www.threerunwaysystem.com/en/...ay_system.aspx

If you're planning to travel overseas in the near future, purchase your flight tickets before August 1.

This is because the Airport Authority will be charging a departure fee, which includes transit passengers, from that day that factors in the third- runway cost.

The levy will come into effect on the same day the initial reclamation work for the project starts.

The authority said yesterday the fee will be collected on tickets issued on or after August 1, and will continue until the new runway debt is paid.

The levy will depend on flight distances, ticket classes and whether the flight type is original destination or transit. Short-haul passengers traveling in economy class will pay HK$90, while those in the first or business class will pay HK$160.

For long-haul trips, those flying economy will pay HK$160 while the fee for first and business class is HK$180. All these will be on top of the existing HK$120 departure fee.

Transit passengers will follow the same fee schedule, except that those on short-haul economy trips will pay HK$20 less than those departing.

According to the authority, long-haul flights include North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Southwest Pacific and the Indian subcontinent, while short-haul flight passengers are those flying to all other destinations.

The authority said it expected that 70 percent of passengers flying out from Hong Kong will pay HK$90 or less.

Ms Wong, a civil servant who travels to Japan at least twice each year, said the levy was not a deterrent.

"A mere HK$90 will not be my concern if I am to enjoy a holiday," she said, adding that the HK$90 is quite expensive, but still within a reasonable level, given that facilities at the airport would be improved.

EGL Tour chief executive Steven Huen Kwok-chuen agreed that HK$90 would not deter demand for travel.
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