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No New Sars Case In HKG On 24/5!

Sat May 24, 2003 11:41 pm

With the WHO lifting travel advisory for HKG, it must be a great relief for CX and KA. I guess CX will be getting back to normal in a few months, but how about KA? KA flies mostly between mainland China and Hong Kong, and SARS is still bad in mainland China...

RE: No New Sars Case In HKG On 24/5!

Sun May 25, 2003 1:55 am

It does appear there is some relief on the Asian front as far as SARS goes. Hopefully this will at least begin to decrease the hardships SARS has placed on Asian carriers. Unfortunately, Toronto seems to have another cluster of reported cases. Apparently 20 were reported just yesterday (5/25).

RE: No New Sars Case In HKG On 24/5!

Sun May 25, 2003 2:01 am

Speaking of SARS (and not to offend anybody who may have come into contact with it), this is a message I was fowarded recently. I thought it was rather humorous. Again, I would ask people not to take this too seriously, it just kind of puts things into perspective, if you will...Enjoy

> The World Health Organisation today issued a new warning against
> non-essential travel to the entire Western hemisphere following renewed
> concerns about the spread of Severe Loss of Perspective Syndrome
> (SLOPS). Officials are warning travellers not to visit the UK, the US,
> almost all of Western Europe, Canada and Australia, following further
> outbreaks of the disease, which has led to mass panic among the media,
> thousands of ecstatic children being kept out of school by their
> credulous and moronic parents, and increased profits for DIY stores as
> the idiot public rush to bulk-buy face masks and boiler suits.
> A WHO spokesman said, "You'd be much better off going to somewhere like
> Taiwan or China, because all you've got to worry about there is SARS,
> and let's face it, you're about as likely to die from that as you are to
> get kicked to death by a gang of zombie nuns."
> The SARS virus has now claimed a staggering 500 lives in only six
> months, which makes it considerably less deadly than, say, Malaria,
> which only kills around 3000 people every single day. Malaria, however,
> mainly affects darkies that speak strange languages, whereas SARS has
> made at least one English person feel a bit iffy for a couple of days,
> and is therefore considered much more serious.
> The spread of SLOPS has now reached pandemic proportions, with many
> high-level politicians seemingly affected by the disease. The rapid
> spread of SLOPS has been linked to the end of the war in Iraq and the
> need for Western leaders to give the public something to worry about.
> Otherwise, they might start asking uncomfortable ! questions about
> domestic issues, and that simply would not do.
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RE: No New Sars Case In HKG On 24/5!

Tue Jun 03, 2003 6:49 am

How has HKG been doing in general in the last couple of weeks? Are things getting back to normal?

Here's an article from HK Standard:

Air fare bargains pay off for BA
Keith Wallis

Surging passenger demand as a result of discounted and special offer tickets has led British Airways to reintroduce its second daily Boeing 747-400 flight between Hong Kong and London from June 25.

British Airways regional marketing manager for Greater China Debra Armstrong said: ``Forward bookings over the next few months are looking very strong indeed, prompting us to reintroduce our second daily flight between Hong Kong and London from June 25. London's outbound business is definitely back and while Hong Kong's inbound business will be a little behind, the initial signs are very positive.''

The airline is offering return fares between Hong Kong and London for HK$3,888 for travel up to the end of August. Passengers also have the opportunity to take a free return flight to any one of 51 European destinations such as Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin and Rome.

The new offer comes on top of British Airways' special ``We Love HK'' promotion, which allows travellers to buy a return ticket for HK$2,500 provided they spent more than HK$1,000 on a tour or hotel package up to last Saturday.

British Airways has also slashed the cost of business and first class tickets by 50 per cent. The airline is also giving travellers the opportunity to upgrade their economy-class ticket to premier economy after paying a supplement. ``We have had a very encouraging response to our offers. While it's still in the very early stage, we are seeing some encouraging signs, which point towards a commercial recovery. Members of our corporate customer base are now indicating that travel restrictions imposed by company policies are beginning to be lifted and our message to both corporate and leisure travellers is ... it's time,'' Armstrong said.

She said the current promotions were part of a sustained campaign, which would include competitions and cut-price offers in Hong Kong between now and the autumn.

The promotions mirror those British Airways launched in April in the UK, where a return ticket to Hong Kong was offered at 499 (HK$6,417). Tickets to Sydney and Melbourne were available at 599.

Armstrong said British Airways was closely monitoring the situation on the mainland and Taiwan. ``When the time is right, we will be rolling out this campaign regionally,'' she said.

Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific Airways have also had an encouraging response to their promotions.

Virgin recently launched a flight promotion allowing travellers to fly to London for about HK$4,800 return. The airline's regional manager, Mackenzie Grant, told The Standard that while business was ``looking pretty good as a result of low fares, passenger load factors are still down from last year''.

``James Hughes-Hallett was right. We have lost the summer,'' Grant said, referring to comments by Cathay Pacific's chairman, who doubted the number of air travellers would reach their usual summer peak.

Grant said Virgin was carrying about 20 per cent fewer passengers than last year, but there had been an improvement since April. The carrier will reinstate its full daily schedule from the middle of this month with its long-range Airbus A340-600s.

Passenger bookings at Cathay Pacific are also showing signs of recovery as a result of special promotions, including the discounted ``We Love HK campaign and special zone fares.

Airline spokeswoman Lisa Wong said forward bookings were ``picking up a bit, but it is still along way from being at the level at which we are even covering our cash cost''.

She said the ``We Love HK'' drive, which has been extended for a month until the end of this month, had helped boost reservations to regional destinations hit hard by Sars.

3 June 2003 / 02:14 AM

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