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Chairman of Airport Authority assumes office

Jack So assumed office as Chairman of the Board of Airport Authority Hong Kong on June 1.

Jack So took the helm from Victor Lo as Chairman of the Board of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) on June 1 and will serve a three-year term. On assumption of office, he met with the management of AAHK and was briefed on the round-the-clock operations at the Integrated Airport Center, the airport’s contingency plans in case of operational issues, and the latest progress of the Midfield development, which will complete construction at the end of 2015 as scheduled.

Mr. Lo became Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council on the same day.

WKCDA replaces retiring CEO

Duncan Pescod is the new CEO of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

The Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) appointed Duncan Pescod as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on August 3. He succeeds Michael Lynch, who has retired.

Mr. Pescod, the former Chief Operating Officer of WKCDA, will be tasked with spearheading the timely completion of infrastructural development, commercial planning, fundraising initiatives and other operational matters. He will also oversee the artistic development of the project, supported by the two strong teams on visual and performing arts, and will be personally involved in engaging the stakeholders in the local arts sector.

Mr. Lynch will return to Australia on retirement, and he has accepted the board’s invitation to be a special adviser to WKCDA for a year. He will continue to promote West Kowloon Cultural District  internationally with his vast experience and unrivaled connections in the global cultural scene.

HKIA named best airport in Asia

Alaina Shum, general manager of the Aviation Logistics of Airport Authority Hong Kong, receives the "Best Airport – Asia" award at the 2015 Asian Freight, Logistics & Supply Chain Awards ceremony held by Asia Cargo News.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) won the “Best Airport - Asia” prize at the 2015 Asian Freight, Logistics & Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS), organized by Asia Cargo News. The AFLAS are designed to recognize outstanding organizations for demonstrating leadership, as well as consistency in service quality, innovation, customer relationship management and reliability. The airport won the award based on its excellent performances in the development of cargo-related infrastructure, cost competitiveness and the facilitation of air cargo ancillary services.

HKIA is connected to about 180 destinations worldwide through around 1,100 daily flights by more than 100 airlines. In 2014, HKIA handled a record 4.38 million metric tons of cargo, up 6% over the same period from the previous year.

Air traffic increase in first half of 2015

Overall traffic at Hong Kong International Airport showed steady growth in the first six months of the year.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded steady growth in all three traffic categories during the first half of 2015.

During the first six months of the year, passenger volume grew to 33.6 million, rising 9.1% compared to the same period last year.

Flight movements increased by 4.4% to 199,620 while cargo traffic increased slightly by 0.6% to 2.1 million metric tons. 

In the first half of 2015, passenger growth was driven by a continued increase  in transfer/transit traffic and Hong Kong resident traffic, while cargo throughput was affected by a drop in exports.


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