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Now Open: New Baiyun Guangzhou Int'l Airport  
User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3940 times:

Mega-Chek Lap Kok-rival, the new Baiyun International Airport: Guangzhou Airport opened with a China Southern 752 departure. Less than 60 miles away from HKG, it poses a great threat to Ckek Lap Kok Int'l. Here's the link. http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2004-08-05-honkong-airport_x.htm

- UPS has already said it will serve the airport.
- The city of Guangzhou has more than 1/3rd of all China exports originating there. Chek Lap Kok currently serves the roll of flying it out, but now it looks as if Guangzhou will be the primary airport for this cargo operations.

How do you feel about this new airport and the future of Chek Lap Kok as a major cargo hub?


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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3845 times:

I think it's great that CAN has a new airport because the old one was very old not very passenger friendly.

I think HKG could lose a lot of cargo business. We'll see what happens.

The777Man



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User currently offlinePhaeton From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 406 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3806 times:

Well, it's the biggest airport in China, but I wasn't able to locate an official web site. Could someone please provide it  Smile.

How long does it take to go from Hong Kong Island to the new Guangzhou airport approximately. It surely can't beat the 23 minutes on the Airport Express to Chek Lap Kok.



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3794 times:

I think the distance by train is about four hours currently but about 30 mins by plane. I don't think anyone is saying that HKG will lose a lot of passengers to CAN; they will probably lose cargo business. Most cargo from HKG actually comes from China and from factories in Guangdong province so it will be closer for them and less expensive to fly their goods out of CAN than HKG.

The777Man



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User currently offlineWarren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

But will the Chinese ever be as efficient as their counterpart in Hong Kong.?
Most Chinese airports are far below in terms of productivity when compared to the ex-British colony.



747SP
User currently offlineVSIVARIES From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 108 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3677 times:

Sadly this is another nail in the coffin of HK, at least as far as the air cargo business is concerned. It takes an extra 1-2 days to freight goods from guandong to HK and then forward to the UK or anywhere else. When things are urgent this is a no-brainer. If you have been to Shanghai's Pudong then you will know that modern Chinese airports are very efficient.
Running costs and a price war on freight will determine the winner - once again given HK costs this is once again a no brainer. Very sad for HK but who would want to fly to Guangzhou for a weekend before a week of business in china? HK will always win with the passengers I think!



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User currently offlineWarren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

i been to the new pudong airport many times. No doubt all the hardward is there but it's the people that counts.
But I do agree that the time saving involved in transporting to HK airport maybe enough to overcome any other cost.



747SP
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3625 times:

Does anyone know what will happen to Baiyun International Airport?

So the new airport is called New Baiyun International Airport. If the old one is kept, will they keep the name Baiyun International Airport? It'll be confusing to differentiate the two...

Also, what is the airport code for the new airport?

Regards



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User currently offlineN754pr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3556 times:

The freight in Hong Kong is just going up and up, they are now extending the freighter bays for the 2nd time and the new DHL express center is due to open next week.... Problem is their target volume for 2008 has already been reached!!

As for Guangzhou, there are many things to think about. Will this take some business passengers from Hong Kong.... YES. Will it take some cargo from Hong Kong, well when all the freight carriers that fly here fly there then maybe YES.

China's biggest problem is the education of the millions of people. You visit Guangzhou and find THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of people just sitting about smoking doing nothing, I'm sure many of these will find the new airport a good place to hang about. Not to mention all the beggars........

Sorry but as much as I love Hong Kong, China is a different story. They are going to take Years and years before their standards can equal that of Hong Kong an the likes of Europe and the USA. For this reason many people will continue to use Hong Kong as a gateway to China.


User currently offlineCarnoc From China, joined Oct 2001, 875 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3547 times:

The old Guangzhou airport will be kept as a back-up airport.

Best Regards.


User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3499 times:
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Visited the old Guangzhou airport a few weeks ago, and I can see why they need a new airport. Dirty, crowded, and confusing to get around. Low rise apartments overlook the taxiway/runway (boy must they get a good view though!!).

Seems like a nice place to spot though, will all those nice shots on A.net.

Here is an overview of the new airport:


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Photo © He Junxian



User currently offlineAviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1486 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

I would like to seek the thoughts of those familiar with the privatisation of HKIA. Is there a timetable for this, what are the key issues (pro- and/or against privatisation)?

Many thanks.

KC Sim
BKK


User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12468 posts, RR: 37
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

How will the new airport be for photography; I know it's big and glassy, like HKG and ICN, but will they allow it? Great if they do, otherwise I'll fly somewhere else?

(While I think of it, how are PVG and PEK's new terminal for photos? Presumably the Chinese are used to people taking photos of aircraft now?!)


User currently offlineVadheim From Norway, joined Jul 2000, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3472 times:

Chineese airports are state of the art projects, no doubt about that!

I went to Shanghai - Pudong Airport (PVG) in March with Finnair from Helsinki and was impressed by the buildings.

However, I was not impressed by the effectivity of the immigration and customs there. It took us 2.5 hours to get from check-in to gate, and the final passport-check was a nightmare alone with massive que that took 1 hour alone (poor old people with weak legs).

Hope they will improve theese things in the future!


User currently offlineNantoine From France, joined Apr 2004, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3387 times:

Air France 106 was the first international flight into Baiyun on August 6, flying an A330-200:

http://www.airfrance.com/double6/Y1/infogles.nsf/(LookupPublishedWeb)/fr-NLPRL-040806baiyun?OpenDocument

The press release is in French - even though airfrance.com does have an English site, this press release was not available in English!

Including the China Southern flights, Air France has 11 return flights per week to Guangzhou!



User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9169 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3378 times:

Hong Kong is the world's largest logistics centre. Both cargo and passenger volumes are growing, even today. CAN is not in a position and will not threaten HKG as an International hub. This was confirmed by the governor of Guangdong province.

HKG deals with a LOT more passengers. Besides HKG is a much more capable and expensive airport.


User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 48
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3377 times:

I think N754PR hits the nail on the head. The population's general education level really makes a difference. For producing goods it's not really an issue, but for business and trade a skilled workforce is very important.
I've been to Guangzhou last year and it's VERY different from Hong Kong. Lots of beggars, people sitting around doing nothing, it's dirty, ugly... Basically a simple lack of quality, because everything was built so quickly (buildings/infrastructure). So far, what I have noticed, China is still a "quantity-over-quality" country.

It seems to me that Guangzhou and Hong Kong 'serve different markets'. Guangzhou produces, Hong Kong does the business (where a higher education level (like language, economics) is a needed and where the money is made). So as a business 'centre' Guangzhou still has a long way to go. (I think Shanghai is doing much better when it comes to attracting 'business') The sheer size of Guangzhou does justify a large airport (for domestic traffic), although I doubt that it'll be able to compete with a high quality airport like Hong Kong CLK.

Guangzhou airport could potentially have a great opportunity for cargo operations, however they lack skilled freight forwarders and logistic operations in China. I heard from a friend working for a forwarder, that basically only cargo from Hong Kong and Shanghai have properly filled in paperwork. Freight from any other mainland-China origin is dreaded, because it takes a lot of extra work to fill in the blanks/straighten things out. Of course this is something that can be solved by education of the local population, but it takes some time.

PS, on a side note: The old Baiyun airport was a fantastic spotting location!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineB2443 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 703 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

Less than 60 miles away from HKG, it poses a great threat to Ckek Lap Kok Int'l.

I don't think the even old CAN is only 60 miles away from HKG, let alone the new CAN, which is northwest of the old CAN. It's more like 200km. But let's not be fooled by the distance. From Guangzhou to Hong Kong, you have to clear custom/Immigration TWICE, and that's where most of the time is spent.

I don't think it'll pose a "great threat" to HKG. In my opinion, CAN should not be the one HKG needs to worry about, but PVG. And if one day the Taiwanese airlines were permitted to fly to the mainland non-stop, or the other way around, then HKG would be gravely concerned.

China is still a "quantity-over-quality" country.
That, perhaps will not change in a long while. While 'quality" might attract more foreign "elites" that appreciate quality, business is business. If HKG loses its business advantage, HKG will go down with it no matter how high its "quality" may be.

CAN is not in a position and will not threaten HKG as an International hub. This was confirmed by the governor of Guangdong province.
Yeah, like his words are worth something. Like I said, HKG should worry more about PVG, as opposed to CAN.

China's biggest problem is the education of the millions of people. You visit Guangzhou and find THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of people just sitting about smoking doing nothing, I'm sure many of these will find the new airport a good place to hang about. Not to mention all the beggars........
Very true but this topic gets a little political thus not discussed further.

Sorry but as much as I love Hong Kong, China is a different story. They are going to take Years and years before their standards can equal that of Hong Kong an the likes of Europe and the USA. For this reason many people will continue to use Hong Kong as a gateway to China.

Let face it, HK is rich and China is poor. But I'm having trouble relate a "gateway" to being rich. It's all about conveniences. If you arrive at CAN/PVG/PEK, you are in; otherwise at HKG, you are still out.


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