Beneficiaries of new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge

Yesterday, the world’s longest sea bridge, connecting Hong Kong with Macau and the city of Zhuhai in mainland China was declared open for passage. The bridge is expected to cut travel time between Zhuhai and Hong Kong down from 240 minutes to seventy-five minutes, dramatically expanding the potential catchment areas of Pearl River Delta airports. […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • October 23, 2018

HACTL in the midst of record peak, even as growth rates are slow

Despite slowing year-over-year growth rates in monthly annual comparisons, demand for air freight is still extremely strong. Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) reported it had broken three records during the first week of November, indicating the industry’s position in the middle of a great peak season. For the first time ever, on 5 […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 15, 2017


  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 16, 2017

The quiet rise of Chinese express: STO launches Brescia 747F flights

Beginning today, 23 March, an SW Italia 747-400F operated for China-based Shentong Express (STO) will touch down regularly at Brescia Montichiari Airport (VBS), just 100km east of Milan. The new thrice-weekly cargo service connects Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to Brescia via Baku (GYD), reportedly carrying express parcels and Chinese exports bound for warehouses and […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 23, 2017

Hong Kong Airport and its tenants finish strong in December

For a year that started off in the red, 2016 ended on a high-note for Hong Kong International Airport, its handlers, and major carriers operating at the airport. Both Hactl and Cathay Pacific Airways reported strong y-o-y gains in December, and for the full year 2016.  Of course, when examining full-year data from 2016, it is […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 19, 2017

Global Buy, Global Sell

Early last year, when Daniel Zhang took over as CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, he said the company was going to globalize, that the new goal was “Global buy and global sell.” In his view, Alibaba’s market was no longer China, but the world. But how to reach the world? Over the last two […]
  • David Harris
  • November 29, 2016

China’s rust belt aims to become pharma hub?

Could Shenyang’s Taoxian International Airport, situated near Liaoning province’s capital city in northeastern China become the country’s next major cargo hub? If a newly-formed “cooperative framework agreement” between HACTL subsidiary, HDHL (HACTL Development Holdings Ltd) and the airport’s owners (Hong Kong Liaoning Airport Management Group Co., Ltd) bears fruit, then the answer is yes. If […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 14, 2016

New records for Hactl, but slow month for HKIA

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl, the biggest handler at Hong Kong International) recently broke both monthly and daily ramp-handling records. In November 2015, Hactl handled 2,242 freighter aircraft, ten more than the previous record set in November 2014 On 2 December 2015, Hactl handled ninety-five freighters, up three over the ninety-two it handled […]
  • David Harris
  • December 31, 2015
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