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Old August 12th, 2011, 08:25 PM   #141
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Another argument is planes will be able to take a path further north away from Ma Wan, so the noise should be reduced. But then you get the people from Ting Kau and Tsuen Wan whine about the same thing.

I still don't get and agree with people in Ma Wan complains about the airport operation. The airport was there before Park Island did, and they choose to move in Ma Wan by will, and should have learned the negative side of living in Ma Wan as much as its relatively remote setting.
Complaining about something that for sure can't be fixed easily, it is just nonsense.
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 07:09 PM   #142
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HSBC spells out costs of third runway at airport
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

HSBC says the Airport Authority has to consider construction inflation rates, passenger traffic and competition among airports in the Pearl River Delta before embarking on the territory's biggest stand-alone project of a third runway.

The authority hired the bank to act as external financial adviser to the master plan for the development of the Hong Kong International Airport up to 2030.

The final report of the bank's financial assessment was one of eight reports released yesterday in response to public demand.

The cost of the third runway has been estimated at HK$86.2 billion in 2010 prices, which is equivalent to HK$136.2 billion with inflation. Construction will take about 10 years.

The bank warns that the authority has "a cumulative pre-financing cash shortfall of HK$112.8 billion, of which only HK$11 billion can be prudently financed with additional indebtedness."

The HSBC analysis is based on a capital expenditure of HK$136.2 billion and operating cashflows of HK$185.4 billion.

A key risk to the three-runway option would be future passenger traffic. Forecasts would depend on gross domestic product as well "the competitive dynamics between the major airports and alternative modes of transport in the Pearl River Delta."

Stress tests showed that cash shortfalls could increase from HK$113 billion to HK$133 billion with construction inflation and HK$131 billion with spending overruns.

This funding gap of HK$102 billion for the three-runway option may be met through further equity injections from the government, reduced dividends, additional charges, alternative financing and/or private sector equity financing.
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Old August 27th, 2011, 06:12 PM   #143
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We can help, say dolphin defenders
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Monday, August 22, 2011

A conservation group wants the Airport Authority to take more notice of green groups that may help minimize the environmental impact of a third runway.

Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society chairman Samuel Hung Ka-yiu said a balance may be struck between infrastructure development and environmental protection.

"It is about give and take," Hung said. "If we take something from the environment, we need to give something back to the environment."

However, consultancy reports released on August 8 by the authority still do not address concerns over the environmental threat, particularly to Chinese white dolphins.

Hung said the studies provide information about the impact on air quality, but fail to tell the public how the dolphins will be affected and what mitigation measures the authority will take to protect the endangered creatures.

Calling on the authority to reveal the full environmental impact, he said "if there are serious problems, we can discuss together to find a solution."

Hung hopes there will be more positive developments and talks with the authority before the end of consultation next month.

"Some people think we are radical and make some unreasonable requests. Actually, we are rational and for the good of Hong Kong."

He said green groups tend to be placed in a position against the authority because it always mentions economic benefits instead of environmental costs.

"We are forced to oppose them because they do not consider the environmental impact seriously."

Hung said there are about 200 Chinese white dolphins using Hong Kong waters and they are facing threats such as overfishing, water pollution and high-speed ferries.

He said the proposed reclamation area for the third runway is at the center of three core locations frequented by the dolphins - Lung Kwu Chau, the Brothers Islands and Tai O to Fan Lau waters.
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Old August 28th, 2011, 10:21 PM   #144
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Here is the entire series of videos for the Master Plan 2030 (3rd runway proposal) released by Air Authority Hong Kong, very informative videos.

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Old August 31st, 2011, 03:40 AM   #145
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Airport talks near final approach
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Science is fully in play as planners look at ways to lessen the impact on the environment of a third runway at Chek Lap Kok, a senior executive of the Airport Authority argued as he tried to take the heat out of opposition to the project.

"Development and environment are not mutually exclusive," said executive director of airport operations Howard Eng Kiu-chor as he pointed to more impact studies and mitigation measures once people are convinced of a need for a third runway.

But green groups and some political parties continue to push the authority to extend the consultation, which ends on Friday after three months.

They were at a third runway forum and workshop organized by WWF Hong Kong in Wan Chai yesterday, with Eng claiming the authority has taken the environment into consideration in its proposed master plan.

For instance, Eng said, there would be no marine piling in order not to upset Chinese white dolphins.

But green groups remain unconvinced.

The WWF Hong Kong's climate program head, William Yu Yuen-ping, said his group supports airport improvements but the authority has failed to provide a full picture of the environmental cost if a third runway is to be constructed.

And seeking more consultation on two choices - extending present facilities or a third runaway - Democratic Party lawmaker Emily Lau Wai- hing told Eng: "I don't think, based on what you've done in these few months, that you should come to a conclusion that option two should be adopted."

More "engagement and consultation" is needed, she added, and "if you try to come out and announce that option two is accepted, I think there will be a big uproar in the community."

Law Cheung-kwok of the Aviation Policy and Research Centre at the Chinese University of Hong Kong backs a third runway option.

"Time is running out," he said. "It is urgent and vital to construct the third runway to sustain our position as an international aviation hub."

Separately, the Staff and Workers Union of Hong Kong Civil Airlines is also backing a third runway after a poll of 511 aviation industry workers earlier this month. Eighty percent support it.

At least one more public event is due this week.
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Cathay Pacific Chief Executive reiterates airline’s support for third runway on final day of public consultation period
2 September 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways Chief Executive John Slosar used his keynote speech at the Aerospace Forum Asia today to reiterate the airline’s support for the building of a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as the public consultation period for the proposal comes to an end.

“Hong Kong is about connectivity and the sustainability of the Hong Kong economy and, therefore, the long-term prosperity and wellbeing of Hong Kong people is dependent on us continuing to provide and grow those linkages for the future,” he said.

Mr Slosar also pointed out that the development of a third runway at HKIA is the only viable way to ensure the long-term competitiveness of Hong Kong as an important international financial, trading and logistics, tourism and professional services hub.

“The rest of the world is not standing still, with new aviation infrastructure being planned in Seoul, Bangkok and Mainland China. If we decide to step out of the race, then the others will pass us,” he said.

Mr Slosar said the consultation period had been a robust exercise with many points of view being raised and debated, and then provided an historical context by looking at the issues that were raised in the 1980s when the need for the Hong Kong International Airport was being debated.

“In the mid-1980s and 1990s, questions were raised about the economic benefits of building a new airport, whether it was actually needed or whether Kai Tak could simply continue to operate,” he said. “But I think we would all agree that HKIA has been a tremendous success and has underpinned the development of Hong Kong as an aviation and economic powerhouse.”

Mr Slosar stressed that the economic and social benefits of the third runway would need to be carefully balanced with environmental, engineering and funding considerations.

“The aviation industry in Hong Kong has benefited from an active debate on the many different points of view which should be considered and built into the final project,” he said.
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So when will the results of the public consultation be available ? Any ETA ?
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Old September 5th, 2011, 10:01 PM   #148
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The three-month public consultation on the Hong Kong International Airport Master Plan 2030 was completed on 2 September 2011. We are grateful to all stakeholders and members of the public for sharing their comments and suggestions.
The Social Sciences Research Centre of the University of Hong Kong has been tasked to collect, compile and analyse views expressed on the Master Plan. After reviewing the report from the Research Centre, our Board will submit its recommendations to the HKSAR Government for a decision on the long-term growth direction of the airport. Stakeholders and the public will be kept informed of progress made in due course.
Meanwhile, we will continue to engage various stakeholders while giving our best to maintain Hong Kong’s status as a premier aviation hub. Thank you.
Airport Authority Hong Kong
From the Master Plan website.
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Airport Master Plan Consultation Concludes Today
Over 29,000 Responses Received
Official Press Release
September 2, 2011

The three-month public consultation for the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Master Plan 2030 (Master Plan) concluded today. According to the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), the University of Hong Kong's Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC) has received over 29,000 questionnaires and written feedback submissions as of noon on 1 September.

The SSRC is a third-party research institute appointed by AAHK to independently collect, compile and analyse all the views regarding the Master Plan expressed in the media, various engagement meetings, questionnaires filled out by the public and written submissions received during the consultation period. It will submit a report to AAHK in October.

Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, Chairman of AAHK, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the public for their valuable opinions. "The consultation is part of a long planning process, and through it we seek to consult stakeholders and members of the public on HKIA's future development direction. This is a crucial step for formulating the airport's long-term development plan.

"After studying the SSRC's report, we will submit our recommendations on the airport's development direction to the government. We aim to do this before the end of this year. Our recommendations will take into consideration the results of this consultation, which we believe reflects the full spectrum of views of our stakeholders and the general public. Whatever development direction is taken, AAHK will continue to do its best to serve the people of Hong Kong," added Dr Cheung.

During the consultation, AAHK organised, co-organised and attended nearly 200 seminars, forums, meetings and briefings to engage the public and stakeholders. These included a large-scale business partner seminar; three open forums for all members of the public; three roundtables and eight one-on-one meetings with green groups; numerous rounds of residents' meetings; and briefings for representatives of the fishing industry and various professional bodies. AAHK also attended meetings of the Legislative Council and the 18 District Councils, and it commissioned three organisations, InnoFoco, Powersoft Consulting and 30SGroup, to help collate views from youth through various channels.

In addition, the four Master Plan exhibitions, held at the airport and three downtown locations, attracted about 25,000 visitors. The Master Plan website and online videos recorded a total hit rate of around 180,000.

The Master Plan puts forward two airport development options for consultation. Option 1 is to maintain the existing dual-runway system but to continue enhancing the terminal and airfield facilities, which would help HKIA meet growth demand up to about 2020. Option 2 is to expand to a three-runway system that would give the airport sufficient capacity to cope with the expected traffic growth up to 2030 and possibly beyond.

"Over the past three months, we have received a lot of helpful feedback, comments and suggestions. They are all valuable to us, and we will consider all of them carefully. We are grateful to all those who participated in our public consultation exercise or expressed their views through various channels," Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of AAHK, said.

"In particular, we are well aware of the concerns over what it could mean for our environment if Option 2 is taken and we expand to a three-runway system. These are valid concerns. The opinions and advice from green groups and other stakeholders will be considered carefully and thoroughly,” Mr Hui added.
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Yes I read that on that website but it doesn't answer my question. I guess they must have some idea when they'll be done with compiling all the info, or not ?
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Yes I read that on that website but it doesn't answer my question. I guess they must have some idea when they'll be done with compiling all the info, or not ?
Haven't heard of a time frame, but will keep an eye on the presses and post when it's available.
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 07:02 AM   #152
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Hong Kong Airport August Passengers Up 6.5% On Year At 5.0 Mln
SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
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HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Passenger traffic at Hong Kong's airport rose 6.5% in August from a year earlier because of a continued recovery in air travel, the city's airport operator said Sunday, but cargo volumes fell as demand softened during the month.

Airport Authority Hong Kong, which operates Hong Kong's international airport, said the airport handled 5.0 million passengers in August, up from 4.7 million a year earlier. Cargo throughput fell 7.8% to 319,000 metric tons from 346,000 tons a year earlier.

The decline in cargo throughput was mainly due to an 11% decrease in exports and a 5% fall in import volumes during the month, the airport operator said in a statement. It also said transshipment volumes--or goods that are shipped to Hong Kong from China before reaching their ultimate users in the West--fell 1% during the same period.
In the January-August period, passenger traffic at Hong Kong's airport rose 5.9% from a year earlier to 35.9 million passengers, and cargo throughput was down 3.6% at 2.6 million tons.
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HK$246,000 bid for first 787 Boeing Dreamliner flight to Hong Kong

3 October, 2011
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A ticket for two seats on the inaugural ANA 787 Boeing Dreamliner flight between Narita and Hong Kong has sold on eBay for AU$32,700 (HK$245,645), according to Australian Business Traveller.

The Dreamliner, which is slated to become one of the most efficient commercial aircraft in the sky, will make its first flight on October 26 between Japan's Narita International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport, then retrace its 3.5-hour route back to Japan the following day.

ANA's auction package included two business class tickets on both flights plus accommodation at the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel, in Hong Kong. To highlight the energy efficiency of the Boeing 787, all proceeds from the auction will go to Conservation International Japan, an environmental protection agency.

The eBay auction began one week ago at AU$1,826. In the final days, fierce bidding between four eBay punters pushed the bids past AU$30,000.

The winning bid works out to about AU$2,335, or HK$17,540, per hour of flying for each passenger.

Why all that money for a couple of seats on the 787 Boeing Dreamliner? The aircraft's makers claim it will be like nothing we've ever experienced on commercial flights.

What's so special about the 787 Boeing Dreamliner? Find out more about what exactly you can expect to see, feel, hear and smell.
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The world's top 10 airports ranked

2011-10-11
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Hong Kong International Airport has won the award World's Best Airport title during the 2011 World Airport Awards held at Passenger Terminal Expo in Copenhagen.

Following Hong Kong International Airport, the perennial favourite of worldwide travellers and last year's top airport, Singapore's Changi Airport became the runner up. This year's third place is Korea's Incheon International Airport, which last held the title in 2009.

Fourth was Munich Airport, also named Best Airport in Europe.

From eighth place last year, Beijing Capital Airport moved to fifth place and achieved Best Airport China. Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport finished sixth.

Seventh placed was Zurich Airport, with New Zealand's Auckland International Airport a surprise eighth, which also took the title of Best Airport Australia-Pacific.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport was ninth and took the honour of Best Immigration Service.

Leaping into the top 10 from 15th last year was Copenhagen Airport.

World Airport Award winners are picked up based on survey results from 11.38 million questionnaires filled up by more than 100 different nationality of airline travellers in 2010/2011, covering over 240 airports around the world.

Each respondent evaluates airport service and product factors, from check-in, arrivals, departure and at the gate. The awards starting operating in 1999.

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Hong Kong International Airport named World's Best Airport at the 2011 World Airport Awards

2011-10-11
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In a nine month customer survey that attracted more than 11.38 million participants, Hong Kong International Airport has been named as the Worlds Best Airport by air travellers across the globe.

In a nine month customer survey that attracted more than 11.38 million participants, HKIA has been named as the Worlds Best Airport by air travellers across the globe. This is the 8th time that HKIA has achieved this success. "After another extremely successful airport survey, and a nail biting finish that resulted in three star performing airports battling it out during the final weeks to see which would take first place, we congratulate HKIA on achieving this top airport title. The ratings for HKIA show some considerable improvements during the last year, particularly in security and immigration processing that served to enhance customer satisfaction levels. Fast and easy access to downtown Hong Kong, combined with the bright and airy terminal ambiance, superb shopping facilities to place HKIA in top position. As the winner of Best Airport Dining Award, the food and beverage outlets clearly played their part in this years success for HKIA.


A perennial favourite of air travellers worldwide, and the 2010 top airport winner, Changi Airport Singapore was a very close runner up ranking 2nd best airport in 2011. "During the survey period Changi Airport has been undergoing some major terminal refurbishment. This may have impacted slightly on customer satisfaction, because in many areas such as security and immigration, terminal cleanliness and comfort we saw an improvement in customer satisfaction" said Edward Plaisted of Skytrax. Changi Airport did score two major achievements in the survey winning the title of Best International Transit Airport and Best Airport for Leisure Amenities. Any travellers that have spent an extended time in Changi will appreciate the vast array of leisure options that this airport provides.

Incheon International Airport, the overall award winner in 2009 was similarly in very close contention, securing 3rd place in the results. Incheon is rapidly becoming a true customer favourite, delivering many new benchmarks in terms of airport comfort and user friendliness. This years survey result yet again points to something of an elite three airports that presently dominate customer satisfaction ratings, and in recent years Skytrax have seen HKIA, Changi and Incheon fighting it out to secure the award of Worlds Best Airport - this year of course HKIA being the winner of the title. Incheon scored notable success and recognition of its high quality standards, winning the Staff Service Excellence Award amongst Asian Airports and ranked Best in the World for Terminal Cleanliness standards.

Munich Airport ranked 4th in the world and is the repeat winner of the Best Airport Europe title, "Convenience, terminal comfort and Bavarian hospitality all seem to impress users of this airport", said Edward Plaisted of Skytrax. "And clearly the overall consistency and reliability that users experience at this airport are a key factor to their success".

Beijing Capital International Airport continued its quest of improvement in the customer ratings, moving up to 5th from 8th in 2010. Now ranked as the 2nd largest airport in the world for passenger traffic, BCIA secured the award as Best Airport China in 2011. Whilst split between three terminals, passengers particularly praised the level of customer service, with the highest ratings being achieved by Terminal 3. Elsewhere in China it was the island of Hainan which scored a success, with Haikou Meilan Airport being named winner of the Best Regional Airport in China award. Set in semi-tropical surroundings, customer satisfaction ratings demonstrated considerable improvement during 2010 for Haikou to secure this award. BCIA scored further successes, picking up the award for Best Airport Washrooms.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport secured 6th place in the overall ranking table, as well as taking the award for Best Airport in Western Europe. This proved to be another successful year for AMS moving up a further place in the rankings from 7th in 2010, and also achieving top-3 finishes in the International Transit Airport category and Leisure Amenities section. "Amsterdam continues to be popular choice with travellers and congratulate Amsterdam for its repeat win in the Western Europe Category" said Skytrax.

Zurich Airport achieved success in the Best Baggage Delivery award for the second year running, building on the success of 2010. Zurich Airport continues to be a favourite with passengers travelling in Europe achieving a 7th place finish the ranking table for airports across the globe. "The speed of baggage delivery continues to be a very emotive area of service for air travellers. For Zurich to win this award for 2 consecutive years clearly demonstrates that a very high level of consistency is being achieved in Zurich" said Skytrax.

Auckland International Airport proved a repeat winner as Best Airport Australia/Pacific in 2011, "Receiving praise from customers for delivering a typically friendly standard of Kiwi service, airport users also showed improved satisfaction levels for security and immigration procedures.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) maintained its place in the worlds top-10 airports with a 9th place finish, and a win in the Best Immigration Service category. Another repeat win from the 2010, KLIA continues to maintain a high level of staff service for the immigration formalities.

Copenhagen Airport enters the Top 10 ranking in 2011, from 15th position in 2010. Staff service and terminal comfort and ambience were two of the higher scoring sections for this airport.
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Can we keep this thread to solely construction projects and plans while other news can go to the aviation section's dedicated HKG thread? Thanks.
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Ceremony marks topping out of new Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal, special-livery freighter unveiled
17 November 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways today staged a special ceremony to mark the completion of the civil construction of the new Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport. The event was hosted by the airline’s Chief Executive, John Slosar, with The Honourable Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as guest of honour.

The airline used the event to unveil its latest aircraft, a new Boeing 747-8 Freighter in a unique livery and carrying a special name, Hong Kong Trader, in recognition of the city’s position as one of the world’s most important trading hubs.

In addition to the HKSAR Chief Executive, the terminal topping-out ceremony was attended by special guests from a number of government departments, representatives from the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong, the Airport Authority and Civil Aviation Department, key contractors involved in the projects and friends from Hong Kong’s airfreight industry.

Speaking at the ceremony, John Slosar said: “When it begins operations in early 2013 the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal will mark a major advancement in Hong Kong’s position as the world’s busiest international air cargo hub. Cathay Pacific has worked tirelessly to develop Hong Kong’s hub role and we are continuing to make huge investments – in the terminal and in new aircraft - to help boost our city’s competitive edge.

“Together with our commitment to buy next-generation freighters – including 10 Boeing 747-8s and eight Boeing 777-200Fs - and our purpose-built fast-connection terminal, Hong Kong will continue to lead the world in air cargo. It’s important that we put ourselves in a good position to face up to the growing competition from other hubs in the region. The aircraft, the terminal, the professionalism of Hong Kong’s logistics community and, we hope, a third runway can make it happen.”

Dr Marvin Cheung, Chairman of the Airport Authority said: “Cathay Pacific’s new cargo terminal – the fourth at Hong Kong International Airport – will be a timely addition to our facilities. When it starts operations in 2013, it will increase our total designed annual capacity for air cargo by 50%, to 7.4 million tonnes. In the coming years, additional freighter parking stands will be built both at the midfield area and the west apron to meet forecast growth.”

In March 2008, the Airport Authority awarded Cathay Pacific Services Ltd (CPSL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the airline, the franchise to invest in, design, construct and operate the new air cargo terminal at HKIA under a 20-year agreement. The facility will occupy a site of around 10 hectares in the airport’s cargo area.

The HK$5.5 billion terminal is being designed for an annual air cargo throughput of 2.6 million tonnes and will help boost the efficiency and competitiveness of the Hong Kong air cargo hub. At the heart of the cargo terminal is a HK$1.4 billion material handling system, or MHS, which will be the most advanced in the world to date.

The contract for the construction of the main terminal building was awarded to a Gammon-Hip Hing Joint Venture while the MHS will be provided by Siemens.

When the terminal is fully operationally, CPSL will employ around 1,800 people to run the facility on a 24-7 basis, handling imports, exports and transshipments with unparalleled efficiency. The building of the terminal also provided employment for a great many people, with some 1,800 working on the project during the peak construction period.

Hong Kong Trader provided a dramatic backdrop to the topping-out ceremony, resplendent in a one-off livery that features Hong Kong’s iconic skyline. The aircraft is the second of 10 Boeing 747-8Fs and two more will be delivered before the end of the year. The new arrivals will be deployed primarily on Cathay Pacific’s ultra-long-haul routes, providing greater capacity and superior efficiency to the Boeing 747-400F.

The name of the aircraft is taken from Cathay Pacific’s very first 747 freighter which entered the fleet in 1982 and helped the airline begin to develop its position as one of the world’s biggest and most highly regarded international airfreight carriers. At the end of 1982, Cathay Pacific had just one freighter and carried 105,450 tonnes of freight. At the end of 2010, a record cargo year, the airline had a fleet of 20 wide-body freighters and carried 1,804,000 tonnes of freight across its global network.
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Midfield Development Breaks Ground
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(HONG KONG, 9 December 2011) – Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) today held a grand groundbreaking ceremony for the Midfield development. Phase 1 of the project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.

The Midfield area is the last piece of land on the airside for large-scale development on the airport island. It is located to the west of Terminal 1 and between the two existing runways. To maximise its usage, AAHK has worked closely with experts and stakeholders to enhance and finalise the design details of the project since the project was unveiled earlier this year. These include expanding the size of the Midfield Concourse and its adjacent apron area, as well as incorporating a wide range of green initiatives, such as installation of one of the largest arrays of rooftop solar panels in Hong Kong.

As a result, the phase 1 Midfield project now includes the construction of a five-level Midfield Concourse with total floor area of 78,000 sq m and over 35 green features; 20 aircraft parking stands; an Automated People Mover (APM) extending from Terminal 1; a cross-field taxiway; and other supporting facilities.

The works are expected to cost HK$9 billion and create 2,000 jobs during construction. When completed, the airport will have an additional handling capacity of 10 million passengers per annum.


Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng said, "Today we witness the kicking off of the construction works of the first phase of the midfield expansion development. With the completion of the expansion in 2015, we will be able to handle 10 million more passengers per year and provide more parking stands for both passengers and cargo operation. This is an important addition to the infrastructure inventory of the Hong Kong International Airport. Having regard to the increase in the air traffic demand, the midfield expansion project will be developed in phases to increase the airport's handling capacity to about 70 million passengers and six million tonnes of cargo, which is expected to cope with air traffic demand by 2020."

Ms Cheng said while projects and plans are well in place to take care of needs up to 2020, Hong Kong needs to take forward long term plans to meet future needs. Referring to a comprehensive three-month public consultation exercise conducted by the Airport Authority to collate public views on two strategic development options set out in the Master Plan 2030, the Secretary said, "We look forward to receiving a recommendation from the Authority on the way forward soon. We will study the recommendation carefully with a view to deciding as soon as we can on the next stage of work."

AAHK's Chairman Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung said, "While the phase 1 project development is to help HKIA cope with the increasing passenger traffic and needs for parking stands in the medium term, our efforts to pave the way for our long-term development continue. We recently completed the three-month public consultation on the airport's Master Plan 2030, and we remain on course to submit our recommendations to the Government before the end of this month."

AAHK's Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung added that the Midfield development is not only a milestone project to enhance the airport's handling capacity, but also an example of AAHK's commitment to environmental protection and sustainable growth. "The Midfield Concourse is designed to be highly environmentally friendly and aspires to be one of the first BEAM Plus Gold Standard certified buildings in Hong Kong. Its over 35 green initiatives cover various aspects ranging from the building's site, materials, energy and water use to construction methods. We hope that through our continuing efforts, the airport will grow with Hong Kong in a sustainable way."

BEAM Plus is a comprehensive assessment scheme to certify the environmental performance of buildings.

The design of the Midfield Concourse adopts a multi-pronged strategy to achieve environmental protection. On the energy saving front, over 1,200 sq m of rooftop solar panels will be installed to harness renewable energy. Over 80% of the Concourse's lighting will be LED lights, and high-performance glazing panels, solar shading and north-facing skylights will be used to maximise natural light and reduce solar heat gain.

Meanwhile, to reuse and recycle wherever possible is one of AAHK's core green values. During the Midfield Concourse construction, 60% of the waste produced will be recycled. When in operation, the Concourse will use recycled grey water, condensate water and rain water for the water-cooled chillers used in the air conditioning system. In addition, the APM system connecting Terminal 1 to the Concourse will use the energy generated from braking to support its operation.

These initiatives are expected to achieve energy saving of over 20% compared to the baseline established by the Building Energy Council, contributing to HKIA's goal of being not only one of the finest, but also the greenest, airports in the world.
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