Hong Kong International Airport

Dubai nudging Hong Kong out as transit hub between Asia-Pacific and Europe

Two women take photographs from a vantage point near Hong Kong's airport as a Qantas Airways jet comes in to land. Photo: Bloomberg

Expanding the passenger-handling capacity of Hong Kong's airport, which is expected to run out by 2018, with a third runway - due to be completed 10 years from now - will fail to restore the city's role as a transit hub for flights between Asia-Pacific and Europe, analyst

Friday, 14 February, 2014, 5:25pm 8 comments

ICAC takes airport security boss Sidney Chau in for questioning

Sidney Chau arrives at the ICAC's head office. Photo: SCMP

The head of security at Hong Kong International Airport, Sidney Chau Foo-cheong, was taken to the graft-busters' headquarters for questioning last night.

Chau was suspended last week pending an internal probe into allegations that he claimed about HK$760,000 in overtime payments without proper approval between 2008 and February this year.

15 Jun 2013 - 4:06am

Tourists with stun guns caught unaware at airport

Seizures of stun guns at the airport have risen. Photo: Edward Wong

The number of people arrested for carrying electric stunning devices at Chek Lap Kok airport jumped more than sixfold in the first quarter of the year compared with the same period last year, according to police figures.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:14am

Airport becomes last line of defence in fight to keep Chinese mainlanders out of maternity wards

Airport becomes last line of defence in fight to keep Chinese mainlanders out of maternity wards

Last month a mainland couple were so desperate to have their baby in Hong Kong that the man's wife pretended to be Filipino and tried to fool immigration officials at the airport by using a false Philippine passport.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:03am 5 comments

Cathay Pacific eyes hi-tech 'self-boarding' gates in Hong Kong

The International Air Transport Association aims to enable secure and 'fast travel' procedures for 80 per cent of global air passengers by 2020. Photo: AFP

The automatic boarding gate, an advanced version of the gates used at MTR stations, will allow passengers to board without having to undergo a manual document check by ground staff.

9 May 2013 - 9:36am 6 comments

Hong Kong airport launches investigation into Cathay airbridge collapse

A technician was injured when an airbridge collapsed on Sunday.

Hong Kong authorities said on Monday they had launched an investigation after an airbridge collapsed at the city’s airport, ripping the door off a Cathay Pacific plane and injuring a technician.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Airport worker injured as boarding bridge falls off plane at Hong Kong airport

Passengers had already boarded the plane when the airbridge fell.

Passengers on board a Cathay Pacific flight escaped injuries when an airbridge collapsed at Chek Lap Kok Sunday evening, but an airport worker was wounded in the incident.

8 Apr 2013 - 11:15am

Environmental impact report on third runway ready by year end

Stanley Hui Hon-chung. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, who was at the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, said an assessment of the impact a proposed third runway might have on the environment will likely be ready by year end.

28 Apr 2015 - 10:57am

Chek Lap Kok security staff receive 4pc pay rise

Frontline security staff at Chek Lap Kok airport will get a 4 per cent pay rise from next month. Photo: Xinhua

Sidney Chau Foo-cheong, head of the government-owned Aviation Security Company (Avseco), described the increase as "catch-up pay" that would better reflect the nature of aviation security as inherently different from security work elsewhere.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

How can Hongkongers avoid being struck by lightning?

The airport thunderstorm and lightning alert system (Atlas) forecasts where lightning might strike. Photo: Reuters

What are the odds of being struck by lightning in Hong Kong? Records show that over the past 20 or so years there have been 44 casualties, including six deaths. That puts the odds of being struck by lightning in the city at one in three to four million - much better than in the US, which has about 300 casualties each year, of whom around 37 die.

17 Feb 2013 - 3:28am

Letters to the Editor, February 12, 2013

Airport expansion plans raise questions. Photo: David Wong

Religion is probably not the first thing that comes to mind for most people when thinking of Hong Kong. But for the three of us, as leaders in our respective religious communities, religion defines Hong Kong.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Cathay Pacific reopens first-class passenger lounge at Chek Lap Kok

After the first revamp in 15 years, Cathay Pacific Airways has reopened The Wing, its first-class passenger lounge at Hong Kong Airport. Photo: May Tse

The new lounge is more than a third bigger than the old one, with room for 167 passengers, up from 123. It is the first time the lounge has been renovated since it opened in 1998. The old lounge had faced criticism for being worn out and too crowded.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:16am

Hong Kong International Airport's lesson in polite security

Some security experts say the Transportation Security Administration's checks at US airports are mainly theatrical. Photo: EPA

With the holiday rush for the Lunar New Year of the Snake beginning to gather steam, it is all too easy to remember the bewilderment of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's Little Prince at seeing one set of people rushing at top speed in one direction by express train while another lot hurtled in the opposite direction.

6 Feb 2013 - 4:43am

Modest growth expected at Hong Kong airport in 2013

Passenger traffic grew 4.7 per cent last year. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong International Airport expects to achieve modest traffic growth in 2013, after reporting slower passenger traffic growth last year than in 2011.

"We are cautiously optimistic about achieving mild traffic growth at Hong Kong International Airport in 2013," said Airport Authority chief executive Stanley Hui Hon-chung.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:01am

Hong Kong must invest to remain a first-rate tourist draw

Hong Kong must invest to remain a first-rate tourist draw

Hong Kong tourism has enjoyed another impressive year with visitor arrivals totalling almost 44 million as of last November, a 16 per cent increase over the same period in 2011.

12 Jan 2013 - 2:15am 5 comments