Air Traffic Control

Cathay Pacific cuts flights between Hong Kong and Paris over Europe strikes

Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris. Photo: AFP

The airline on Monday advised passengers booked for flight CX278 from Paris to Hong Kong to make “alternative arrangements” and postpone non-essential travel to Paris.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 12:55pm

Pilot of Nepal crash plane likely panicked, aviation official Suresh Acharya says

The black boxes are taken away.

Nepal said yesterday an error by a "panic-stricken" pilot was likely to have caused the crash of an Everest-bound plane that killed all 19 on board.

The twin-propeller Sita Air plane had just taken off on Friday from Kathmandu and was headed to the town of Lukla, gateway to Mount Everest, when it plunged into the banks of a river near the city's airport around daybreak.

30 Sep 2012 - 3:04am

Officials play down near misses

Hong Kong's civil aviation regulator says it will not recruit more air traffic control officers over the next two years despite complaints of near misses which staff blamed on a shortage of manpower.

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Regulator, not lack of runways, is holding Chek Lap Kok back

Last weekend, in his response to my recent column on aviation safety, the Civil Aviation Department's assistant director general for air traffic management, Wong Ping-fai, said Hong Kong did not lack air traffic controllers.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Collision course

On September 18, two Hong Kong-bound flights carrying more than 600 passengers narrowly missed each other while trying to land at the city's airport.

The Civil Aviation Department stressed that there had been no risk of a collision and dismissed claims that the near miss was caused by fatigued air traffic controllers. An investigation is under way.

8 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Cathay and Dragonair planes in near miss

An investigation was launched after a Cathay Pacific plane and a Dragonair jet carrying more than 600 passengers and crew between them had to take evasive action when they strayed into each other's path as they flew into Hong Kong.

27 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Air incident based on lies, report says

Flight crews on both aircraft involved in a controversial mid-air emergency over a Shanghai airport this month lied to air-traffic controllers, air-safety watchdogs said.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Aviation adviser calls for regional airspace accord

A consultant who studied plans to build a third runway at Chek Lap Kok airport has recommend that Hong Kong enter a pact with Southeast Asia's other major air-traffic hubs to ease the region's crowded airspace.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Skies set to open for new runway

A major obstacle to the proposed new third runway at Chek Lap Kok could be about to be removed with the opening up of airspace over the Pearl River Delta.

The Civil Aviation Department said officials from Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Macau had finally reached a consensus on relaxing airspace boundaries after three years of talks.

18 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Sky's the limit

What lies at the heart of the debate of whether Hong Kong International Airport should build a third runway to keep the city's position as an international aviation hub is not hardware capacity or airspace boundary; but the airport's ability to increase aircraft movements.

16 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Cathay flight forced to avoid military aircraft

An almost full Cathay flight was ordered to steepen its ascent, apparently to avoid unreported military traffic, as it left Shanghai for Hong Kong at the weekend.

Passengers aboard flight CX365 described the pilot telling them of the possible military flight to explain a sudden increase in speed and a sharp right-hand climbing turn.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Pilots ignored air traffic control to avoid collision

A packed Cathay Pacific jet and a Virgin Blue plane were within 19 kilometres of each other over Australia's Northern Territory when their pilots ignored faulty air traffic control instructions and took decisive actions to narrowly avoid a disaster, an official investigation revealed yesterday.

25 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Planes two minutes from colliding, inquiry finds

A packed Cathay Pacific jet put on a crash course with another passenger plane by air traffic control blunders was less than two minutes from a collision when the pilots swerved to avoid each other, an investigation has found.

25 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Airport expansion won't fly without more controllers

The crux of the debate over a third runway is the issue of software - the manpower shortage - which has long been overlooked by the Airport Authority, the Civil Aviation Department and the public.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Air traffic safety risk from lack of staff

As Hong Kong considers a third runway at Chek Lap Kok airport, some air traffic controllers claim they are already struggling to cope with a manpower shortage they say is leading to fatigue and putting flight safety in jeopardy.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am