On Tuesday, Cathay Pacific staged an event at
Hong Kong International Airport to highlight the state-of-the-art
features of the new Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal. With a
development cost of approximately HK$5.5 billion, the facility
marks a significant investment in Hong Kong and underlines the
airline’s continued commitment to developing the city’s position
as a global aviation and airfreight hub.
Speaking at the event, the airline’s Chief
Executive, Tony Tyler said,
“We are building a terminal that will be one of the biggest,
busiest and most efficient in the world, employing
state-of-the-art operational and environmental features. We
believe that more capacity - and more competition - will result in
an increase in cargo flights to Hong Kong, which in turn will
bring economic benefits to the city. There will be new employment
opportunities not only from the construction and operation of the
cargo terminal but for the entire air cargo industry as it grows.”
Hong Kong’s Secretary for Transport and Housing
Eva Cheng said, “This project is strategically important. It
will, in particular, increase the air cargo handling capacity of
the airport by some 50% to 7.4 million tonnes per year. We expect
more competition for this business upon completion of the project,
with lower cost, better service and greater efficiency.”
March 2008, the Airport Authority awarded Cathay Pacific Services
Ltd (CPSL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the airline, the
franchise to invest in, design, construct and operate the new air
cargo terminal at HKIA under a 20-year agreement. The facility,
scheduled to begin operations in early 2013, will occupy a site of
around 10 hectares in the airport’s cargo area.
originally began on the terminal in the summer of 2008 but was
suspended later that year due to the severity of the financial
crisis. With the pick-up in the economy, and a corresponding
rebound in the airline’s business and the airfreight market
generally, Cathay Pacific has been able to resume construction and
continue to fulfil its commitment to investing in Hong Kong.
The terminal is being designed for an annual air cargo throughput
of 2.6 million tonnes and will help boost the efficiency and competitiveness of the Hong Kong air cargo hub. At the heart of
the cargo terminal is a HK$1.4 billion mechanical handling system,
or MHS, which will be the most advanced in the world to date.
The new Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal will be one of the most
advanced in the world with a number of sophisticated operational
and environmental features:
- The efficient design of the
terminal, coupled with the use of advanced technology, will enable
forwarders and shippers to enjoy a reduced cut-off time for
pre-packed export deliveries.
- Imported perishable cargo can be
delivered to the consignee immediately after being towed to the
cargo terminal from the aircraft.
- The ground floor of the
terminal will have two lanes with 57 airside interfaces for import
and export operations.
- A fully mechanised buffering area will
organise and pre-queue export cargo to allow a seamless,
just-in-time operation run in cooperation with ramp-handling
- The ground floor will feature a dedicated Quick
Transshipment - or QT – area, where transshipment cargo will be
re-sorted according to its onward destination without the need to
travel to higher floors of the terminal. This will enable a
significant reduction in the minimum connection time.
cargo awaiting transit can be staged indoors, protecting
consignments from adverse weather conditions.
- The cargo
terminal has two warehouse floors to handle import cargo or other
non-palletized export shipment. Workstations will be organised in
a way that allows workers can to build up or breakdown units in
the most efficient manner.
- The terminal has been designed with
environmental considerations in mind. The facility will use an
advanced waste management system, offices will utilize natural
lighting to save energy, and cladding will help to regulate the
temperature inside the building.
The contract for the
construction of the main terminal building has been awarded to a
Gammon-Hip Hing Joint Venture while the MHS will be provided by
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