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Hong Kong airport's on-time performance falls to 63pc

Chek Lap Kok result down from 76pc, giving it ranking of 29th out of 35 major international airports, and Cathay only on time 70pc of time

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 July, 2013, 8:28am

The number of flights departing on time from Hong Kong has fallen from more than three-quarters to just under two-thirds since the start of the year, according to new statistics.

Global data tracker FlightStats said the Chek Lap Kok airport - often rated the best in the world - now ranks only 29th out of 35 major international airports in terms of on-time performance.

Only 63.7 per cent of flights departed on time last month, down from 76.8 per cent in January, when the airport ranked 22nd internationally and 11th in Asia, FlightStats said.

It now ranks 15th among 35 Asian airports, with the Osaka International Airport topping the list with a 95.9 per cent on-time performance.

The Airport Authority Hong Kong would not say whether it was dissatisfied with the result, but pointed out that the number of flight movements reached 352,000 last year, a figure that had not been projected to be achieved until 2015.

A spokesman said the authority would finish building 28 more parking stands next year, and another 20 in 2015.

"We hope that this will speed up the flight movements," he said, adding there were 145 stands at present.

Of flights delayed at Chek Lap Kok last month, 15.8 per cent were for 15 to 29 minutes; 7.3 per cent for 30 to 44 minutes; and 13.3 per cent for 45 minutes or longer.

More than 12,417 flight movements were calculated in the FlightStats study.

A Civil Aviation Department spokeswoman said the department was consistently working on improving air traffic handling efficiency by implementation of systems such as automatic arrival sequencing.

The number of air traffic controllers has gone up from 148 in 2010 to 158 last year, which is sufficient, she added.

Separately, on-time performance for Cathay Pacific and Dragonair were 70 per cent and 58.4 respectively last month, according to the study. They ranked 24 and 32 respectively among 40 Asian airlines.

A Cathay spokeswoman said the FlightStats figures in the past few months were "consistently lower than that in our record".

The airline would continue to enhance co-operation with various stakeholders to ensure capacity kept up with demand, she said.



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a third runway ? never mind 3, they should start looking at 4. Even that won't help until the airspace is overhauled.
What they need is a new airport that should be built out in the sea "somewhere" like kansai with at least 6 runways to cater for future expansion.
this all happening because of HKIA's corrupt management and corruption all around in sar from A-Z departments in different shapes
Any official is sincere to SAR ? NO
What are the statistics for delays caused by Chinese air traffic control by delaying aircrafts to enter Chinese airspace ?
That would be interesting to know as I assume it has a direct impact on Chep Lap Kok .
hard to depart from HKG on time when the incoming plane still did not depart Shanghai
can only get worse as China seeks to add 80 airports by 2015
We need the 3rd Runway for better efficiency
Yes let's troll on this : Are China flights the source of delay of HK aiport ?
Fight !


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