Cathay one of several bidders at Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific is just one of several companies bidding to become the third cargo handler at Hong Kong International Airport, and has competition from other third party handlers, according to the airport’s head of internationalmarketing, Dora Kay. She said it was hoped to have the new terminal operational by 2011, but could not give a […]


Cathay Pacific is just one of several companies bidding to become the third cargo handler at Hong Kong International Airport, and has competition from other third party handlers, according to the airport’s head of internationalmarketing, Dora Kay.

She said it was hoped to have the new terminal operational by 2011, but could not give a more detailed timetable, as she was not personally involved in the tender process.

Hong Kong’s second handler, AAT opened its second terminal in March, boosting capacity to 1.5 million tonnes. DHL is also in the process of expanding its express centre, fi ve years ahead of its original plan.

On the airport’s new management joint venture with Zhuhai airport, just north of Macau, Kay said there was defi – nite possibilities for cargo cooperation, but much would depend on whether the project to build a bridge across the Pearl River Estuary went ahead.

In the meantime, she said the Hong Kong Airport Authority would be looking at opportunities to expand cargo traffi c through Zhuhai, either through growing passenger fl ights, or via dedicated freighters.

The joint venture started on 1 October, and at the time its general manager, Vivian Cheung, said the plan was to boost cargo from 10,000 tonnes in 2005 to 50,000 tonnes by 2010. Kay also hinted at possible cargo facilities development at Zhuhai, saying it was “a greenfi eld site, with lots of possibilities.” She added: “I can’t say too much about details, but there are several initiatives.”