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Airline Tickets

A pointy issue: Should children be allowed to fly first class?

Illustration: Martin Megino

Intellectual property lawyer Ted Marr was on an Air China flight from Beijing to Sydney recently, seated next to a woman with a baby in the first class/business cabin.

Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 9:21am

Sky is the limit for global ticket firms

Mainland airlines will add 4,583 planes to their fleets by 2030 while the number of passengers has grown an average 15.3 per cent. Photo: AFP

Beijing's decision to break the monopoly of state-controlled TravelSky Technology in online air ticket sales has put foreign players in a dogfight for the robust and thriving market.

11 Oct 2012 - 3:03am

A bigger umbrella for Amadeus

With the arrival of the internet, when airlines set up their own websites and started selling tickets to their passengers directly, there was real fear in the travel industry. Everybody was talking about the end of business for travel agents and the global distribution systems (GDS) they relied on to book flight tickets.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Streamlined security predicted

Imagine boarding a plane without having to endure customs queues and increasingly intrusive security checks.

CAP Strategic Research, a consultancy group, has predicted a time when passengers will not have to go through emigration and some 'trusted travellers' will be able to bypass security checks.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Ex-Cathay worker denies bribery

A former Cathay Pacific ground staff member is accused of accepting bribes in return for tipping off mainland travellers as to whether they had been selected to go through security checks.

25 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Air travellers face higher agents' fees

Hong Kong travellers face higher fees and new charges from travel agents as more airlines move to eliminate agent commissions, the Travel Industry Council has warned.

Service fees will vary but can be as high as 8 per cent of the ticket price, said Larry Lo Fai-wah, a director of the council which regulates the trade.

15 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Big deal

Emirates has some exciting fares to Europe, in business and economy classes. Travel to Britain (London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester or Newcastle) for HK$4,680 (economy) or HK$24,220 (business). Alternatively, fly to Europe (Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Nice, Paris, Rome, Venice, Vienna or Zurich) for HK$4,680 (economy) or HK$23,240 (business).

6 May 2009 - 12:00am

As pretty as an airport

All those signs

Airports are not the easiest places to find your way around. And as airports are getting bigger and bigger, they are becoming more and more confusing. Make sure you understand these signs before you go anywhere near an airport.

4 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Flight boarding pass switch leads to jail

A 35-year-old man was jailed for 12 months after being convicted of switching his flight boarding pass with a visitor from the mainland. Sha Tin Court heard that the mainlander intended to board a flight for Vancouver on November 11 last year using a boarding pass and a forged Canadian passport in the name of Benny Lim Hay-bun, who was on Monday convicted of conspiracy to defraud.

29 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Agents in bid to block new fee

More than 100 travel agencies have applied for a temporary injunction against a new charge levied by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Under the charge, from April 1 passengers booking air tickets through a travel agency have to pay a HK$250 fee if any change of travel schedule or voiding of plane tickets is not made on the day the tickets are booked.

21 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Just the ticket?

Paper air tickets are going to be phased out by the end of next year when Hong Kong travel agents will issue only electronic e-tickets, which can be sent to you by e-mail. What do you think of this move? Share your views

24 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

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