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Probe needed into Hong Kong's extravagant Airport Authority

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 July, 2007, 12:00am

I refer to the response from Stephanie Li of the Airport Authority ('Hong Kong airport is thriving despite tough competition', July 13) in which she said she wanted to correct factual errors in my letter ('Airport Authority's meagre profit a laughing stock', July 6).


However, Ms Li failed to point out any factual errors in my letter.


She said the airport has achieved a profit margin that is consistent with other major international airports.


Rightly so, but what I said was they should achieve more, in view of the massive amount of taxpayers' money put into the monopoly.


Ms Li cited the Transport Research Laboratory survey which showed Hong Kong had the third most competitive charges among major airports, but no mention is made of many other surveys which showed the contrary, calculated on a different formula.


Maybe Cathay Pacific Airways could provide some figures on how much each passenger is made to pay, under the guises of landing fees, passenger charges and at least two security fees and compare this to, say, Singapore.


Ms Li said they had 1,052 permanent staff, not 1,100. But how many contract staff are not counted and how much work is contracted out?


Ms Li claimed Terminal 2 was opened to keep up with current and future demands.


How much demand, when the authority is paying airlines to attract them to move to Terminal 2, so that the directors could 'save face'.


Can Ms Li explain why airlines are being offered cash, sit out the remainder of their present contracts rent-free, in addition to all costs, including removal, decoration and inconvenience, with costs being waived for use of check-in counters?


Again, I strongly urge the Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to appoint a commission to look at the unjustified extravagances of the Hong Kong Airport Authority.


If Mr Tsang fails in his duty, I hope some responsible members of the Legislative Council will hold their own public inquiry.


F Wong, Kowloon


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