Cathay opposes Zhuhai airport role

5th Jul 2006

Cathay Pacific has expressed its opposition to an initiative by the Hong Kong Airport Authority to position the mainland’s Zhuhai Airport as Hong Kong’s ‘third runway,’ The Standard reported. Citing comments by the airline’s chief operating officer Tony Tyler, the newspaper said there was no logic in Zhuhai becoming Hong Kong’s third runway as the airport has no base airline and Hong Kong has no traffic rights from there.

‘Zhuhai cannot possibly operate as Hong Kong’s third runway,’ Tyler was quoted as saying.

‘What passenger would want to fly into Hong Kong, collect their bags, pass through customs, find a ferry or bus to Zhuhai, pass through customs, find a ferry or bus to Zhuhai, pass through border immigration, check in, pass through security again and wait for another flight? It does not make sense,’ he added.

A Hong Kong Airport Authority spokesperson would not comment on Tyler’s remarks, the newspaper said.

The Hong Kong Airport Authority and Zhuhai Airport entered into a cooperation agreement in February.



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