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Old September 24th, 2009, 09:38 AM   #101
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terminal 1 levels

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i'm an architect student and i'm writing a thesis about airport. one of them is the chek lap kok international airport. i dont have enough substance about the levels of the arrival and departure and about the halls of the imigration, chek in and the bags claim.
i have pic's and sckech's from books and the internet but i didnt find out about the process that the passengers are doing after they are landing or before they are flying.
i would like to know if somone that was there or know about the information that i nead can help me.
thanks in advance
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i'm an architect student and i'm writing a thesis about airport. one of them is the chek lap kok international airport. i dont have enough substance about the levels of the arrival and departure and about the halls of the imigration, chek in and the bags claim.
i have pic's and sckech's from books and the internet but i didnt find out about the process that the passengers are doing after they are landing or before they are flying.
i would like to know if somone that was there or know about the information that i nead can help me.
thanks in advance
im sure you can find some information about it either through the HKIA website or Foster's catalogue.

HKIA has a very simple strategy in handling movement of people. the departure level is located on top of the arrival level so passengers rarely have to change levels to get to their boarding gates after checking in. due to the size of the terminal, there's also an automatic people's mover system (train) underneath the terminal which takes passengers from the eastern end to the western end in just under 3 minutes.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 05:06 AM   #103
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HK's bill for airports rail link put at HK$50 billionHK's bill for airports link put at HK$50b
5 October 2009
South China Morning Post

The planned rail link between the Hong Kong and Shenzhen airports would cost Hong Kong more than HK$50 billion, according to a government-commissioned study.

The study found that it would be expensive to build the 50-kilometre cross-border link because most of the Hong Kong section would have to be built underground and include a seven-kilometre cross-harbour tunnel between the airport and Tuen Mun. Completed by the MTR Corporation at the end of last year, the study has not been publicly disclosed.

News of the possible high cost of building the rail link between the two airports comes as transport officials are striving to keep the cost of the Hong Kong section of another cross-border rail link, the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, below HK$50 billion after it ballooned beyond the original estimate of HK$39.5 billion.

If the Hong Kong and Shenzhen authorities do eventually decide to build the railway, the Hong Kong government will have to fork out more than HK$100 billion in the next few years to build the two cross-border rail links. Recurrent government spending for 2009-10 is estimated to be HK$214.6 billion.

The length of the Hong Kong section of the line would be about 25 kilometres, including a nine-kilometre spur line connecting to Hung Shui Kiu, Yuen Long, while the Shenzhen section would be 25 kilometres long. Based on the estimate in the MTR Corp's study, which was commissioned by the Highways Department, it would cost more than HK$2 billion per kilometre.

A person familiar with the findings of the MTR Corp's study said the estimate was based on the assumption that the line would be built by the rail operator.

"The cost could be even higher if the Hong Kong section was built by the government or other entities. It's natural that the MTR's existing assets would help reduce the cost of building a new railway compared with a newcomer," the person said.

The study estimated a daily patronage of 7,000 air transit passengers travelling between the two airports in 2020, the earliest date the railway would be completed. But it has not included the number of cross-border passengers from other parts of the Pearl River Delta.

The express rail link connecting the two airports, one of 10 major infrastructure projects Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen pledged in his 2007 policy address to push ahead with during his tenure, has been renamed the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Express Line.

The link was also named by Premier Wen Jiabao in the annual government work report delivered in March as one of the three cross-border infrastructure projects for which the central government would expedite construction.

The Hong Kong government and Shenzhen authorities set up a task force to study the rail link in January last year. A preliminary study on the link, completed at the end of last year, confirmed the technical feasibility of the cross-border line.

But Hong Kong's transport officials are currently preoccupied with the express rail link to Guangzhou and the bridge linking Hong Kong with Zhuhai and Macau.

The link connecting the Hong Kong and Shenzhen airports now had a lower priority on the government's agenda, a Hong Kong official said. The official added that it usually took nearly 10 years to complete a railway project, from the time when the go-ahead was given. "It incurs a lengthy statutory process, including environmental impact assessment and relevant public consultation, and a construction period lasting six to seven years," the official said.

The MTR Corp did not respond to an inquiry from the South China Morning Post, referring it to the government. A Transport and Housing Bureau spokeswoman said the express line was a multi-purpose cross-border rail link that would support future development of the two airports, as well as Qianhai in Shenzhen and the northwestern New Territories.

"These future developments will greatly affect the further planning of the express line, including its alignments and functions. We are looking at the way forward for the proposed express line together with the Shenzhen side, having regard to these considerations," she said.

Raymond Ho Chung-tai, a member of the Legislative Council's subcommittee on matters relating to railways, said he would not be surprised if the Hong Kong section cost up to HK$50 billion, given the technical difficulties. "But the rail link would bring huge economic benefits to Hong Kong, it will still be a good investment," said Ho, who represents the engineering sector.

Fang Zhou, senior research officer at the One Country, Two Systems Research Institute, said recouping investment should not be the sole consideration for construction of cross-border infrastructure projects.

But he agreed the planned railway might face opposition in the legislature if the gap between the construction cost and returns from fares was too wide.

Fang also said differences between Hong Kong and Shenzhen needed to be ironed out.

"Shenzhen airport also plans to operate international flights, although the move has not been approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Shenzhen airport may not agree to the idea of focusing on domestic flights while Hong Kong airport operates international flights," he said.

Fang, who conducted a study on cross-border railway projects early this year, said he was not optimistic that the rail link would be built.

The Hong Kong government has agreed with Shenzhen authorities that the travelling time by rail between the two airports should be about 20 minutes.

This would be quicker by half than the current time of 45 minutes to travel between the airports on the SkyPier ferry service.

The 12.5 billion yuan (HK$14 billion) Guangzhou-Dongguan-Shenzhen rail link would connect to the Hong Kong-Shenzhen airport route.

The South China Morning Post reported on Saturday that the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link would be the world's most expensive high-speed railway, at HK$1.52 billion a kilometre.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 01:43 PM   #104
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Lawmakers question benefits of airport link
24 October 2009
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The government would not insist on building a rail link to connect the airports of Hong Kong and Shenzhen unless it was satisfied it would do Hong Kong more good than harm, the transport chief said.

Officials are examining the flow of air passengers and cargo between the two airports.

Lawmakers asked transport minister Eva Cheng yesterday whether the proposed HK$50 billion line would in fact offer more benefits to Shenzhen's Baoan airport than to Hong Kong's. Cheng said the link could be of benefit if passengers were allowed to check in at Qianhai - the only intermediate station - as they are able to do at the Kowloon station of the Airport Express. Qianhai is set to be a new business and financial-services hub for Shenzhen.

"Our home carriers Cathay Pacific and Dragonair welcome this project; they believe it could help them develop Hong Kong into an aviation hub," she said.

But lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, an independent, said Cathay had told her it would not support a split hub - with Shenzhen handling domestic flights while Hong Kong focuses on international routes.

Ronny Tong Ka-wah of the Civic Party asked if Hong Kong needed to rely on Shenzhen for domestic connections. "Our air connection with the mainland is just 30 destinations short of Shenzhen airport's," he noted. "Why don't we develop direct flights instead?"

A government official said most of those 30 destination cities were too small to justify direct flights. The official also said that while airline officials do not in general support airport co-operation, they were hopeful the link could bring more international travellers from the area around the Qianhai station.
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Old November 6th, 2009, 06:17 PM   #105
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Old November 17th, 2009, 08:31 AM   #106
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Hi nice post,
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we can get the pics like airports as many, but you posted here the accident pics are really awesome. We can't get these pics regularly.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 06:57 PM   #107
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HK-Baoan airport line may threaten ecologically sensitive area
10 October 2009
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A planned rail link between Hong Kong and Shenzhen airports may stop in the ecologically sensitive area of Sheung Pak Nai.

That possibility was raised yesterday at a symposium on high-speed rail by Qi Zhenming, deputy general manager of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Dedicated Passenger Line Company.

Sheung Pak Nai is an area rich in mangroves and mudflats.

An official later clarified anonymously that the government had tentatively explored the area as a site to house the link's emergency rescue station, but it was only one of the proposed options and planning of the alignment was not yet finished.

The 50-kilometre line will link Chek Lap Kok to Shenzhen's Baoan airport via Qianhai . Authorities are studying if a spur line should be built at the same time to connect the link to West Rail.

Matthew Sin Kar-wah of Green Power feared any project in Sheung Pak Nai would harm its ecology and wildlife.

"The area has a special scientific interest. A rare sea grass grows in the mudflats and the mangroves attract birds and gulls," he said.

The Transport and Housing Bureau said authorities were still working on an alignment.

The link was found technically viable by a study last year, but its progress has been halted since Shenzhen officials said in May that construction costs could top HK$50 billion. Hong Kong officials are also pushing ahead a high-speed link to Guangzhou.
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To ensure the same level of service for the growing number of passengers flying on smaller aircraft, the Airport Authority has invested over HK$1 billion in the construction of a new North Satellite Concourse (NSC). The new concourse, which will be soft-opened on 17 December, will ensure that Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) continues to meet its performance pledge of embarking and disembarking more than 90% of its passengers by air bridges. The NSC is designed to serve more than five million passengers a year at the initial stage.




Situated to the north of the Terminal 1 (T1), the NSC is a two-storey facility equipped with 10 frontal stands (gate numbers: 501 to 510) for narrow-bodied aircraft. Passengers using the new concourse depart as normal, completing their check-in, immigration and security procedures in either T1 or T2 before proceeding to a designated area at T1 to board a shuttle bus for the concourse. Waiting area of the concourse houses 10 retail and two catering outlets. Departing passengers may also take the shuttle to T1 at any time. Shuttle buses to and from the NSC will run every four minutes.




Passengers deplaning from an arriving flight at the facility will take a shuttle bus to T1 to clear customs and immigration, while transfer passengers will board a shuttle for their connecting flight at T1 or go to the NSC’s transfer area if their next flight departs from the same concourse.








Howard Eng, Executive Director, Airport Operations of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “HKIA is dedicated to providing top-notch service and facilities to enhance its competitiveness as a regional and international aviation centre. With the new satellite concourse, less than 10 flights will need to be parked at remote bays every day compared to the current 40 to 50. This means more passengers can embark or disembark their aircraft in a pleasant, weatherproof environment, sparing them the inconvenience of being exposed to hot or rainy weather.”




The NSC has a floor area of 20,000 square metres and is one of the core projects of the $4.5 billion near-term airfield and terminal enhancement programme that was launched in 2006.








Other highlights of the programme that have been completed include the reconfiguration of the Departures Immigration halls to increase HKIA’s security screening capacity by over 40%, and the expansion of the transfer area to cater for the continued growth of transit and transfer passengers. HKIA also intends to complete the upgrade of its baggage handling system and consolidate the two Arrivals Immigration halls into one single, spacious area in the near future. The entire programme will be concluded by 2011.

To cater for the airport’s projected mid-term growth, HKIA is also studying a midfield expansion project that would provide additional aircraft stands, related apron facilities and another passenger concourse to handle anticipated traffic demand up to the year 2020. The preliminary study will be completed next year.

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HK Airport Plans To Invest HK$100 Bln In Expansion - Report
3 December 2009

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong's airport authority plans to invest nearly HK$100 billion in building a third runway and expanding one of the two terminals at the city's international airport, the Apple Daily reported Friday, citing an unnamed source.

The report cited the source as saying the airport operator plans to consult the public and conduct an environmental feasibility study before it begins construction work as early as 2012.

It expects to complete construction in 2020, the report said.
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HK airport opens new ferry terminal to meet strong cross-boundary demand
15 January 2010

HONG KONG, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) on Friday launched the SkyPier, a new cross-boundary ferry terminal, to further facilitate strong demand for cross-boundary transport between the airport and the Pearl River Delta region.

The SkyPier is an important link between the airport and the Pearl River Delta region, said Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, at the opening ceremony held at the pier on Friday.

He said an international aviation hub underpins Hong Kong's efforts to enhance our competitiveness through the development of the four traditional pillar industries, in particular tourism and trade and logistics.

The new SkyPier is part of HKIA's near-term growth projects to enhance service levels and meet future demand, and the pier efficiently conveys passengers traveling between the Pearl River Delta and the world via HKIA, said Marvin Cheung Kin-tung Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, Chairman of the Airport Authority Hong Kong.

A temporary SkyPier opened in 2003 and served almost 10 million passengers.

The new 16,500-sqm permanent SkyPier is eight times the size of the temporary facility, and designed with a maximum capacity for 8 million annual passengers.

Currently, high-speed ferries make an average of 85 trips every day, shuttling around 5,000 passengers between HKIA and eight ports in the Pearl River Delta and Macao, including Zhongshan, Zhuhai Jiuzhou, Dongguan Humen, Guangzhou Nansha, Shenzhen Shekou and Shenzhen Fuyong as well as Macao's Taipa and Maritime Ferry Terminal.

Travelers using the SkyPier are not required to go through immigration and customs formalities at HKIA.

Passengers en route for overseas destinations via HKIA's SkyPier are also exempt from paying the Hong Kong Airport Departure Tax of 120 HK dollars.

The time for passengers to travel between the ferry pier and Terminal 1 is also shortened to about four minutes, half of the time previously required.

The 20,000 square meter North Satellite Concourse is also launched on Friday. Ten extra bridge-served parking stands for narrow-bodied aircraft are built to serve the rising number of narrow-bodied aircraft using the airport.
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Wow, you can fly from Macau to Hong Kong? I'd take that flight.
It's being chartered by another airline.
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Cathay Is in Talks to Buy Long-Range Jets, Shuns Super-Jumbos

June 8 (Bloomberg) -- Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Hong Kong’s biggest carrier, is in talks with Boeing Co. on buying 787 Dreamliner aircraft and with Airbus SAS on A350 jets as it seeks to enhance its cargo business.

Cathay Pacific will shun Airbus’s larger A380 superjumbo aircraft as well as Boeing’s 747-8, the biggest airliner the Chicago-based company has ever built, in favor of smaller long- range jets that are more suited to carrying cargo, Chief Executive Officer Tony Tyler said in an interview in Berlin.

The carrier said yesterday that it agreed to sell its 15 percent stake in Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. to its biggest shareholder for HK$9.4 billion ($1.2 billion). The proceeds will help Cathay Pacific pay for 33 planes that it has ordered and is taking delivery of in the next four years.

“We’re talking to Boeing about 787s and Airbus about A350s,” Tyler said. “We have no plans at the moment to have a campaign on the A380 or on the 747-8 Intercontinental.”

The new planes will allow Cathay to add destinations and replace its A340 aircraft and Boeing 747-400 models, enhancing a route network that is being anchored by Boeing’s 777.

“It’s a great cargo carrier and has a huge belly and doesn’t have that many passengers,” the executive said. “The A380 doesn’t have such a huge belly, and you’ve got 500 plus passenger bags to accommodate.”

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Cathay has restarted work on a new cargo terminal in Hong Kong after suspending construction when demand for services shrank last year, Tyler said. The airline will also buy 49 percent of Air China Ltd.’s cargo unit as part of a joint venture with the Beijing-based carrier. The deal will probably receive Chinese regulatory approval within months, Tyler said.

“We’re a very big player in the international market, and the reason we’re a big player is that we sit in a very lively air cargo market,” said Tyler. “Cargo demand collapsed but it bounced back very well, very healthily and we fully believe in the long-term future as a business stream.”
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Airport Authority earmarks HK$12b for expansion plan
1 July 2010
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong's Airport Authority has earmarked HK$12 billion for an expansion plan aimed at ensuring it can cope with expected air traffic growth by 2020 after posting a record annual net profit and paying the government a handsome dividend.

The Hong Kong government, the airport's sole shareholder, will pocket HK$4.5 billion in dividends, including an unprecedented special dividend totalling HK$2.2 billion, outstripping the airport's HK$2.84 billion net profit in the year to March. The special dividend comprises retained profit at the airport.

Starting from the fiscal year 2003/2004, the government has received HK$13 billion in dividends and HK$6.0 billion in capital repayments from the airport, recouping half of its investment.

The airport's earnings rose nearly 10 per cent due to expanded retail spaces in terminal one, offsetting the negative effect of reduced air traffic and a relief programme for airlines in which fees were cut 10 per cent. Sales at the airport increased 1.5 per cent to HK$ 9.0 billion despite a 1.7 per cent fall in passenger number and a 5.4 per cent fall in aircraft movements.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, chief executive of Airport Authority, said yesterday that he had seen robust growth in both passenger and cargo traffic in the first five months and believed that the growth would continue into the second half. He predicted that passenger volume would exceed the pre-recession level to reach 50 million passengers for the year, up from 46.9 million last year.

The airport, which ranks 13 in the world in terms of total passenger numbers, has been studying a plan to construct a passenger concourse and aircraft stands in the midfield, the only large-scale undeveloped area on the airport island.

This would enable it to handle the 70 million passengers and 6 million tonnes of cargo expected to flow through the airport annually by 2020.

Some 20 parking stands will be built by 2015 when the maximum capacity of the two runways will be lifted up to 68 aircraft per hour from 59 at present, followed by 10 additional stands by 2020. Cost for the expansion in mid-field amounts to about HK$ 9 billion, including a railway to connect it to the main terminal.

The capital expenditure would be funded by bond issuance, Hui said, adding that any plans to list the airport were a government matter.

The third runway in Chek Lap Kok was still under review. The result would be released by the year end, followed by a public consultation.

Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways has been urging the construction of a third runway at the airport. Hong Kong had lost 7 per cent of total passenger numbers to direct flights across the strait, Hui said. The shortfall, however, had been offset by the rise in passenger traffic on other routes.
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Fears rise for HK's status as global air hub
5 July 2010
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To build or not to build a third runway? Last month, as Hong Kong was still pondering the question, a six-runway airport in Dubai opened for freighter services. It is due to open for passenger services next spring, with annual capacity of more than 120 million passengers.

Dubai, the fourth-largest international airport in the world, has spared no effort to disguise its ambition to be a global transportation hub. Middle Eastern carriers, including Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, have expanded with the airport's unprecedented growth.

Hong Kong, however, which ranks second in international passenger numbers and first for international cargo, is more cautious.

A study into a third runway, which is part of the airport's Master Plan 2030, has stalled for more than a year, though time is running out because the airport is due to reach full capacity within 10 years. "It takes 10 to 12 years to build a new runway in a city like Hong Kong," said Dr Law Cheung-kwok, associate director, aviation policy and research, at Chinese University. "The matter is complex because of the need for consultations and environmental studies to do with land reclamation. We are already behind schedule."

But Stanley Hui Hon-chung, chief executive of the Airport Authority, cautioned against acting without sufficient information. "We have approximately 10 years before the capacity of the two runways is saturated," he said. "We don't want to jump to conclusions that a third runway is needed. We have to see the whole picture though the master plan.

It is understood that the plan will now be finalised by the end of the year, and that a public consultation process will follow its release.

In the meantime, the airport has addressed its capacity problem with another solution: building a new passenger concourse and mid-field aircraft parking on the only unused land on the airport island available.

After building 30 mid-field parking stands, and extending the capacity of the two existing runways, the airport will be in a position to handle 68 aircraft an hour by 2015, up from 59 aircraft per hour at present, Hui said. And the airport could go on to handle 70 million passengers by 2020, up from 50 million at present, and meet the needs of projected air-traffic growth by 2020, he said.

But Law responded: "Building more parking spaces does not boost capacity if you don't have enough landing slots for aircraft, which requires building another runway."

Cathay chief executive Tony Tyler has addressed the landing slot shortage several times and has urged the government to build the third runway as soon as possible.

Hong Kong could easily be edged out as an international air hub if it failed to build a third runway and adopt an open-sky policy, said Edwin Lau Wing-chu, vice-president of Greater China at Emirates. There were 116 airlines operating in Dubai International Airport currently, he added, far more than the 90 airlines operating in Hong Kong.

Located halfway between Europe and Asia, Dubai - home to Emirates Airline - has emerged as a natural connecting hub between the two continents, Lau said.

Emirates earns 28 per cent of its sales revenues from East Asia and Australasia, and 12 per cent from West Asia, with the bulk of the balance from Europe and the Middle East. It stole the headlines earlier this month when it extended an order for the huge Airbus 380 to 90 - dwarfing the 20 ordered by the next largest A380 customer, Qantas.

Even before this purchase, Emirates and its rivals in the Gulf - Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi and Qatar Airways - had embarked on an expansion plan to carry almost 200 million passengers a year within a decade - almost a fourfold increase on the volumes they carried last year.

That ambitious target has been made possible as a result of the expansion planned by airports in Dubai, Doha, and Abu Dhabi, which together aim to be equipped to handle as many as 190 million passengers a year by 2015, outstripping the number presently at London's Heathrow, Paris's Charles de Gaulle, and Frankfurt Airport in Germany.

Given its population of just four million, the targets set by the United Arab Emirates airlines assume that a large chunk of international passenger traffic will use the Middle East as a hub - that they will poach passengers currently using traditional long-haul carriers.

Emirates, which showcases the growth of the Middle East, has doubled its size in every few years and, last year, became the world's largest international carrier. It completed 118.3 billion passenger kilometres last year, leaving Lufthansa and Air France in second and third in terms of international traffic, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways took fourth and fifth place, finishing with more than 81 billion passenger kilometres each. The figures do not take into account domestic passenger volumes and recent airline mergers.

Lau has witnessed the extraordinary growth of Emirates at first hand over the past 18 years. When he joined Emirates in 1992, it operated just 10 aircraft to 20-odd destinations, including Hong Kong, Karachi and Istanbul. Now it operates 138 aircraft, serving 102 destinations, and has 172 aircraft to be delivered by 2017.

The Greater China market is very important to Emirates, Lau said. It will deploy its tenth A380 on the Beijing route in August, while Shanghai will be the next destination, with a tentative timetable set for next January. The carrier provides a double daily service to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and a daily service to Guangzhou, at present. Lau said it was now looking at new mainland destinations to cater for the robust demand from the mainland for destinations in the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Europe and Africa.

Fast-growing air traffic demand between mainland China and Africa is fuelled by the economic tie-up between the two continents. Mainland state-owned enterprises have invested heavily in African countries for a range of construction projects from railways to bridges to ports.

Emirates reacted promptly when China Southern Airlines suspended its service between Beijing and Lagos in Nigeria in January last year, by immediately doubling the frequency of flights between Lagos and Dubai.

Analysts said Emirates, making massive aircraft acquisitions, had avoided the industry mistake of ordering aircraft at the peak of the cycle. It ordered its A380s when the industry was reeling from the impact of the global economic downturn.

Emirates' long-running profitability and low cost structure also leave global competitors green with envy. The carrier has just reported net profit of US$964 million for the 12 months to March - a 21st consecutive annual result in the black, as opposed to more than US$9 billion losses in the broader industry last year.

A younger fleet and low staff costs enable Emirates to maintain low air fares. Dubai has no corporate tax, while Emirates employees pay no income tax either. Staff costs at Emirates are about 16 per cent of total operating cost, versus some 20 per cent for airlines such as Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines.

Meanwhile an open sky policy, streamlining of visa applications, and steady development of infrastructure and air traffic control has made Dubai not only a hub for Emirates Airline but an increasingly popular hub for airlines all over the globe.

"We are exposed to fierce competition in Dubai which is forcing us to expand our network and improve our products," Lau said. "But at the same time we have expanded to 102 destinations overseas."

Lau said new openings of destinations for the airline would be maintained at four to five yearly.

He warned that Hong Kong would lose its status as an international hub if it did not open up its skies.

"Unlike Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Singapore, which have already implemented an open sky policy, Hong Kong International Airport will be edged out if it continues to impose restrictions on airlines' operations," the Emirates executive said.
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Bullish Cathay restarts work on cargo terminal
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The construction of Cathay Pacific Airways' wholly owned cargo terminal has resumed after a two-year suspension and it is scheduled to open in early 2013.

The facility, with a designed capacity of 2.6 million tonnes a year, will be expanded in a second phase of construction as the carrier is banking on a strong recovery in the cargo market. The new phase will boost its handling capacity by 53 per cent to 4 million tonnes a year.

After the ground-breaking ceremony in the summer of 2008, the project was postponed when the global financial crisis erupted later in the year. Hong Kong International Airport, the world's busiest in terms of international cargo, aims to handle eight million tonnes of cargo by 2025, compared with 3.35 million tonnes last year. The first phase of the cargo terminal built by Cathay Pacific, the third one at the airport, could increase the cargo handling capacity at Chek Lap Kok by 50 per cent to 7.4 million tonnes a year.

Cathay was confident of the long-term growth of thecargo business in Hong Kong as the mainland's imports and hi-tech exports went through Hong Kong, Rupert Hogg, director of cargo at Cathay, said yesterday. He shrugged off suggestions that growth in the second half would be down significantly from the first half because of the bond crisis in the euro zone. "This year will be a good one in the cargo business," he said.

The terminal, spanning 10 hectares, had already reserved more space for expansion, said a management spokesperson for Cathay Pacific Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the airline that is operating the new cargo terminal. "We will study the expansion plan once the cargo terminal opens in 2013."

The new, HK$5.5 billion cargo terminal will have a gross floor area of 240,000 square metres. The facility will be equipped with the most advanced mechanical handling system provided by Siemens and can claim to be the world's most efficient cargo facility in terms of land use.

"Cathay has said that their cargo terminal would be at least 50 per cent more efficient than other terminals," said Kaiser Lam, general manager, air exports, at Expeditors Hong Kong. "After efficiency, what we want the most is lower handling fees."

Higher costs at Hong Kong International Airport have long been blamed as one of its shortcomings compared to the neighbouring airports of Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

The Gammon-Hip Hing joint venture, which is building the cargo terminal, said the project could create more than 1,000 jobs.
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HK$150m bill for accommodating A380s
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More than HK$150 million will be spent on passenger air bridges and other facilities to accommodate up to five Airbus A380s at Chek Lap Kok, even though only one of the aircraft a day currently uses the airport.

As more airlines add the A380, which can carry over 500 passengers, to their fleets, Hong Kong airport is increasing its readiness with three new triple air bridges and two double air bridges modified to handle the A380. Hong Kong joins Singapore, Beijing and other major cities in the region that have airports equipped with triple air bridges for the A380.

The aircraft has two levels, each requiring at least one air bridge. This means triple air bridges are needed for the A380 to help the large number of passengers board and disembark faster, and also to cater to passengers in first and business class and those in economy.

On average, it takes about 11 or 12 minutes for passengers to disembark with three air bridges and 15 minutes with just two.

Compared to a Boeing 747-400, the A380 has an almost 80-metre wing span - about 15 metres wider than the Boeing aircraft - is 1.7 metres longer and has a tail that rises just over five metres higher than that of the 747-400.

Depending on the configuration, a fully loaded A380 can carry 555 passengers, compared with about 400 for the 747-400.

Since July last year, Singapore Airlines has been the only airline operating an A380 to Hong Kong, with daily flights. From October 1, Emirates Airlines will fly an A380 daily to Hong Kong.

An A380 landed at the airport on a test flight in November 2006.

One of the new triple air bridges, at a cost of about HK$27.5 million, started operating at gate E15 four weeks ago. Triple air bridges will also be installed at Gates 64 and 66 by the middle of next year.

Another HK$80 million has already been spent on modifying two double air bridges at Gates 60 and 62 to facilitate passenger flow at both the upper and lower decks of the aircraft, as well as other related infrastructure improvement work.

Henry Ma Yiu-man, the Airport Authority's airfield general manager, said more triple air bridges would probably be installed as the airport expanded its facilities to meet market demand.

"But we're still in the planning stages," Ma, who has not flown on the A380, said.

Officials at Chek Lap Kok, which Airports Council International said handled the world's third largest international passenger volume last year, are studying a plan to construct a passenger concourse and aircraft stands in the midfield, the only large-scale undeveloped area on the airport site. This would allow Chek Lap Kok to handle the 70 million passengers and 6 million tonnes of cargo expected to flow through the airport annually by 2020.
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Thats good!! How many carriers a flying their A380's there?? Pity CX didnt order any.........
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