News from Hong Kong and Thailand

News from Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific will transfer 16 orders for narrow body Airbus aircraft to HK Express. The order for 32 Airbus single-aisle jets is to be divided equally between Cathay Dragon and HK Express. This is the first major strategic development for the low-cost carrier since Cathay seized control from HNA Group.

International Passenger Terminal 2, which has been in operation for 13 years will be completely shut down as part of expansion work in preparation for the third runway.

The aim of the so-called three-runway projects is to expand the existing Hong Kong International Airport to meet future aviation growth. The project consists of a series of infrastructure projects including a new concourse building and the expansion of Terminal 2, to be connected by an Automatic Passenger Mover and Baggage Handling Systems.

Ground Handling Agents’ staff turnover rate is high

It’s not unusual that over 50% of their personnel will leave the company before they have worked for one year. This leads to a challenge to provide just-in-time training effectively and get new employees onboard as quickly as possible. We are providing perfect solutions to address this challenge.

Airport College International met partners in Hong Kong

Pertti Mero and Ari Ketola with Jardine Aviation Academy and Jardine Ground Handling HR people in Hong Kong, discussing the importance of efficient training methods.

News from Thailand

Thai Airways is under pressure from low-cost carriers in the region, especially on northern routes linking to Vietnam, Hong Kong and China. The airline is now taking actions to reduce costs and it is freezing future aircraft orders and transferring six of its main routes to its low-cost-carrier subsidiary, Thai Smile. Thai Airways is one of the big premium carriers operating out of South-East Asia with a fleet of 84 aircraft, including six Airbus A380s.

Deputy Permanent Secretary for Finance Chakkrit Parapuntakul has been nominated to lead the Thai Airways executive board, in the hopes of bringing the carrier out of its financial problems.

The Transport Ministry has ordered Airports of Thailand (AoT) to halve its landing and parking charges at all airports under its management in a bid to attract more charter flights for the upcoming tourist high season.

Ground Handling Agents staff turnover rate is high in Thailand too

Ground handling agents report that staff turnover rate is over 30% in Thailand. It’s a challenge to employ staff and keep current level and to meet increasing demand.

Airport College International and BAGS Ground Services sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

Pertti Mero with H.E. Ambassador of Finland to Thailand Mrs. Satu Suikkari-Kleven, BAGS Managing Director Mr. Boonsom Phoungkaew with his team and Mr. Kai Tuorila participating in the signing ceremony in Bangkok.

This collaboration is aiming at organising and promoting online training to the aviation industry. We will share information and expertise regarding the development, provision and operation of training programmes to support aviation professionals in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.

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Pertti