IATA recognizes Hong Kong as CEIV Pharma partner airport

IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for pharmaceutical logistics certification (CEIV Pharma) continues its march towards global pharma handling standards with the recognition of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as a partner airport. The recognition denotes an airport-wide application of IATA’s standards for pharmaceutical transportation between aircraft and agents. HKIA is one of the […]

Hactl’s Whitehead to retire in March after leading post-Cathay rebound

Mark Whitehead, chief executive of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) will retire on March 7, after nearly eight years at the helm of Hong Kong’s largest independent cargo handler. Whitehead led Hactl through the company’s biggest challenge in its history, when it parted ways with its majority shareholder and major customer, Cathay Pacific, […]

With passenger ops in doldrums, Cathay turns to cargo for good news

First came the Persian Gulf and mainland Chinese carriers. Then the low-cost competition kicked in. Yesterday, Cathay Pacific posted its worst first-half loss in at least two decades as it continues to lose passengers to its rivals. With no improvement in conditions expected this year, cargo was the only bright spot in Cathay Pacific’s otherwise […]

Peak season robust at Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Terminal

HONG KONG – At the height of the peak season’s surge of activity, the ground floor of the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal was a hive of activity, where transshipments were being scanned, broken down, consolidated or repackaged and then hustled through the facility. During Monday’s tour of the facility by the operators, Cathay Pacific Services […]

Emirates seeks South Asian cargo with Hong Kong-Delhi-Dubai route

Emirates’ SkyCargo is consolidating its air cargo business in the Far East and the Indian subcontinent through a weekly freighter service from Hong Kong to Dubai via Delhi, starting June 1. The company explained its strategy as a way to “tap increasing cargo movements between Hong Kong, the world’s top cargo hub, and Delhi, India’s […]

HKIA gets US$600 million loan for third runway

Airport Authority Hong Kong has signed a five-year, $600 million evolving credit facility with 21 local and international banks participating, to help finance the expansion to a three-runway airport. Jack So Chak-kwong, the authority’s chairman, said a third runway is vital for HKIA’s cargo business, which handled 4.38 million tonnes in 2014 – a 6 […]

HKIA sees cargo growth for two straight months

Cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport in October was up over the previous year by 2 percent to 392,000 tonnes. This is the second consecutive month of year-over-year cargo volume growth at HKIA. Passenger volume also rose by 7.7 percent, to 5.8 million. The cargo increase was mainly due to imports, which were up […]

HKIA reverses recent declines in cargo

Despite being the world’s busiest cargo airport for the last five years, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) halted a recent skid by posting a 1 percent year-over-year gain in cargo volume in September, reaching 368,000 tonnes for the month. The relatively modest y-o-y increase came mostly from a 3 percent surge in September exports, y-o-y, […]

In Control: Mixed results for airports in 2015

Mixed results in 2015 Moving into 2015, ACI said that, although the rate of growth in airfreight demand has slowed, volume still grew by 3.4 percent for the first half of 2015. However, in its mid-year assessment, ACI said the industry appears set for relatively low growth in the second half of 2015, compared to […]

Crosstown Traffic: Runway fever

As the world population grows and the need for fast movement of freight increases, airports worldwide are facing the need to build more runways. At Hong Kong International Airport where cargo volume has increased from 1.63 million tonnes in 1998 to 4.38 million in 2014, the need for a third runway is evi­dent. Trading and […]

DHL onboard for third runway at HKIA

The popularity of e-commerce and surging exports from mainland China and the Pearl River Delta are reasons enough for DHL to issue a statement in support of a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). DHL said it would like to see the project begin as early as next year. HKIA cargo volume increased […]

e-AWB adoption a slow climb

With IATA’s goal of 45 percent use of electronic air waybills (e-AWB) by the end of this year, the cargo industry has some room to improve. IATA reported some good news in May, with a 27.9 percent e-AWB penetration rate, an increase of 2 percentage points over the previous month, and a record-high 410,720 paperless […]

Vietnam says go on Ho Chi Minh airport

In an effort to compete with the bustling airports in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok, Vietnam’s National Assembly voted to move forward with plans to build a US$15.8 billion airport outside of Ho Chi Minh City, reported Thanhnien News. The Long Thanh International Airport is being called Vietnam’s most ambitious infrastructure project yet.  The airport […]

AirBridge Cargo earns 5th freedom rights for Hong Kong

Volga-Dnepr’s AirBridge Cargo, and other Russian cargo carriers, will soon be able to expand their traffic rights out of Hong Kong International Airport to a third destination outside Russia, after successful talks between Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency and the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong this month, reports ch-aviation. The Russian carrier was granted fifth […]
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