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Hong Kong Airlines to launch flights to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Hong Kong Airlines, an internationally-acclaimed full-service airline, will officially launch thrice-weekly flight service to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on February 27th. An all-economy class Airbus A320 aircraft will be deployed on the Phnom Penh route. The new service will further strengthen the airline’s network in Asia and offer more choices and greater convenience to passengers travell...

Hong Kong airport boosts capacity

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.  Construction of the 105,000-square-metre five-storey new concourse began in 2011. Located to the west of Terminal 1 and between the...

Cathay Pacific Fined $547,000 for Pilot Pay Practices in France

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. was fined almost 500,000 euros ($547,000) for what a French court termed irregular pay practices concerning pilots operating European routes for the Hong Kong-based airline. The penalty was imposed after union complaints that crew stationed at Charles de Gaulle airport weren’t being recognized by Cathay as based in France, allowing it to avoid making proper pay...

Virgin Atlantic’s Hong Kong crews call strike

Hong Kong-based Virgin Atlantic cabin crew will stage a wildcat strike starting tomorrow, December 21, in a bid to stave off job losses announced by the British airline last month. Travellers flying Virgin Atlantic this Christmas are being warned the London flight may not take-off as a result of the industrial action which will start on December 21st until January 1st. Action is being taken...

Cathay headed to Gatwick

Cathay Pacific has given Australians a new one-stop option for trips to London with a return to Gatwick Airport from September 2016. The Hong Kong-based carrier will fly four times a week to London Gatwick with three-class Airbus A350-900s offering 38 business, 28 premium economy and 214 economy class seats. The new flight lifts Cathay’s schedule to the UK capital to 39 flights a week,...

Bombardier delivers first Hong Kong Government Flying Service Challenger

Bombardier has delivered a Challenger 605 to the Hong Kong Government Flying Service. The special missions aircraft is the first to be delivered from an order of two that was placed in October 2011. The aircraft will be used for search and rescue, VIP transportation and medical airlift duties. “We put our trust in Bombardier and are satisfied with the relationship we built throughou...

Li Ka-Shing's CKI in the Running in US$3 Billion London City Airport Sale

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-Shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings (CKI) is among the companies that have placed indicative offers for London City Airport, which has been put up for sale by U.S. owner Global Infrastructure Partners, sources familiar with the matter said. The remaining bidders include Italian infrastructure group Atlantia and three consortia, one of which is led by Macquarie...

HKIA, passenger traffic grows by 7.7% in October, 2015

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded growth in all three air traffic figures in October 2015. During the month, passenger volume rose by 7.7% to 5.8 million, while flight movements increased by 3.5% to 34,810 when compared to the same month last year. Cargo throughput recorded growth for the second consecutive month, increasing by 2.0% to 392,000 tonnes when compared to the same peri...

Hong Kong Set to Become Asian Base for Online and Mobile Booking Service for Chartered Planes

A London-based start-up described as the Uber for private jets is looking to open its regional headquarters in Hong Kong. The service is an online and mobile booking system called Victor that aims to get more bums on seats of privately chartered planes. Its target market is not for your average Joe Blow, but nor is it just for the super-rich, according to founder and chief executive Clive Ja...

Hong Kong Airport Studies Adding Day and Night Flights Ahead of 2-Runway Capacity Crunch

The Airport Authority may increase take-offs at night to tackle a looming capacity crunch at Chek Lap Kok before a third runway is built, lawmakers were told yesterday. Daytime capacity could also be raised from the present maximum of 68 take-offs and landings per hour -- which the operator said would be reached next year -- to 70 movements. The plans were part of a two-pronged approach...

HK Express Intends to add Guam and Saipan into its Network

Earlier this year, HK Express asked Guests to vote for their dream destinations. Hong Kong’s most on-time airline is now about to make those dreams a reality! As promised, HK Express is planning to launch a new flight to the winning destination in Summer 2016. So where will the low-fare airline be flying next year? Guam! But that’s not all. As an added bonus, HK Express is introduci...

Windup of Jetstar Hong Kong almost complete

No aircraft, no staff and no licence to fly. The wind-up of Jetstar Hong Kong is all but complete. The failed venture has sold all its Airbus A320s and made most of its staff redundant after the three major shareholders cut off any further funding of the proposed airline in response to the Hong Kong government’s rejection of its application for an operating licence. Qantas chief execut...