New Ferry Service between HKIA and Nansha Port Commences
(HONG KONG, 14 July 2009) – A new ferry route between Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Nansha Port in Guangzhou was officially launched today to further enhance connectivity between the airport and the Pearl River Delta (PRD). The new ferry service also increases the number of PRD ports and weekly cross-boundary ferry trips served by SkyPier to seven and more than 500, respectively.
The new route is operated by Panyu Nansha Passenger Terminal Transport Co., Ltd, and TurboJET, the operating brand of Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited, has been appointed as its sole agent. Currently, the 60-minute sailing departs from Nansha Port at 0930 hrs and leaves HKIA at 1530 hrs each day. Passengers of China Airlines, EVA Airways, Japan Airlines and Mandarin Airlines can enjoy additional convenience by checking in their luggage at Nansha Port and receiving it at their final destination. Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair will also offer this service.
The Guangzhou municipal government and party committee, Nansha district government and party committee and HKSAR government all played significant roles in the successful launch of the new route, as did the joint effort of Airport Authority Hong Kong, Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited and Fok Ying Tung Foundation Ltd. Officiating guests for today's ceremony included Zhu Xiaodan, Secretary of the Guangzhou Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC); Ling Weixian, member of the standing committee of the CPC's Guangzhou Municipal Committee; Chen Mingde, Vice Mayor of Guangzhou; Luo Zhaoci, Magistrate of Nansha District; Yau Shing-mu, Under Secretary for Transport and Housing of the HKSAR; Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of the Airport Authority Hong Kong; Timothy Fok Tsun-ting and Ian Fok Chun-wan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fok Ying Tung Group, respectively.
Luo Zhaoci said the new route will strengthen Nansha's connection with Hong Kong, speed up PRD economic development and transform Nansha into the traffic hub of the PRD. The opening of the Nansha Port-HKIA ferry service enables Nansha to make use of HKIA's international passenger and cargo hub function to develop its airport economy. The new service will also play an important role in enhancing the competitiveness of Guangzhou and promoting PRD cooperation and development.
Yau Shing-mu said the launch of the long-planned direct route was the result of successful collaboration between the different parties. The opening of the ferry service between Nansha Port and HKIA means that essentially all major PRD ports are now covered.
Stanley Hui Hon-chung said he believes Hong Kong is Nansha's ideal window to the world. "With global connectivity to some 150 worldwide locations, including 110 international destinations, HKIA is the ideal transit airport for both PRD residents and overseas travellers. The new ferry service provides another commuting choice for people living or working in the PRD, allowing them to reach HKIA easily for their connecting flights to different parts of the world. This convenient air linkage will help boost the economic development of Nansha as well as the entire PRD."
Ian Fok Chun-wan noted the new ferry route will tie in with Fok Ying Tung Foundation's aim to construct a "Nansha New Coastal City" in the area, saying, "The property development project will become a model for the international community with green, quality living. It will serve people from across the globe who come here to sightsee, relax, live, work, trade and study. The new route will also support the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou by offering athletes, envoys and audiences convenient sea-air linkage between Guangzhou and Hong Kong, which is in line with the Fok family's commitment to promoting sports development in our country."
With the addition of the Nansha Port-HKIA route, SkyPier now operates 72 daily ferry trips to and from seven PRD ports: Nansha, Shenzhen's Shekou and Fuyong, Dongguan's Humen, Zhongshan, Zhuhai's Jiuzhou and Macau. The ferry pier has served over 8.5 million passengers since its inauguration, and the Airport Authority is set to commence a new permanent SkyPier by the end of this year. Eight times larger than the current facility and connected to Terminals 1 and 2 by Automated People Mover, the permanent SkyPier will continue to offer cross-boundary ferry service with better facilities.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
Since its opening in 1998, HKIA has remained committed to providing passengers with quality facilities and services. This dedication has earned us multiple recognitions as the world's best airport—more than 25 times by 10 entities. HKIA is also one of the world's busiest airports, ranking as the fourth-busiest international passenger airport in 2008 and the world's busiest international cargo facility for 13 consecutive years. It currently operates some 750 daily flights to and from approximately 150 destinations worldwide, including about 40 Chinese Mainland cities. Passenger and cargo throughput at the airport reached 48.6 million and 3.6 million tonnes, respectively, in 2008.
Panyu Nansha Passenger Terminal Transport Co., Ltd
A Mainland subsidiary of Fok Ying Tung Group, Panyu Nansha Passenger Terminal Transport Co., Ltd is dedicated to providing quality ferry services between the Guangzhou Nansha Economic Zone and Hong Kong. It also offers other pier-related services and operates five catamarans and over 30 coaches. There are 10 daily ferry trips going between Nansha Port and Hong Kong and Kowloon on normal days and 14 during weekends and holidays. Each trip requires 80 minutes, and shuttle services between the pier and cities like Guangzhou, Panyu and Shun Tak are available.
Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited
The operating brand of Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited, TurboJET, is one of the most professional and credible ferry service operators in the Pearl River Delta region. The company owns the largest fleet of high-speed vessels in the world, providing 24 hours scheduled sailings with comprehensive services between Hong Kong and Macau. Taking aim to further strengthen the connectivity amongst Pearl River Delta cities and world destinations, TurboJET endeavors to introduce innovative services and harnesses new markets for the development of a seamless transportation network in the region. In 2003, TurboJET pioneered the multi-modal transit service by launching an air-sea transit service platform with a ferry link that connects the major airports in the Pearl River Delta. With excellent services quality and safety management, TurboJET has won numerous major industry awards, which included "Hong Kong Top Service Brand Award" co-organized by Hong Kong Brand Development Council and The Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong and the "Hong Kong Award for Industry: Productivity and Quality Certificate of Merit" from the Hong Kong Productivity Council.
(From 3rd on left) : Ian Fok Chun-wan, CEO of Ying Tung Group; Chen Mingde, Vice Mayor of Guangzhou; Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, Chairman of Fok Ying Tung Group; Zhu Xiaodan, Secretary of the CPC's Guangzhou Municipal Committee; Yau Shing-mu, Under Secretary for Transport and Housing of the HKSAR; Stanley Hui Hon-chung, AA CEO; Ling Weixian, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC's Guangzhou Municipal Committee and Luo Zhaoci, Magistrate of Nansha District officiate at the inauguration ceremony of the SkyPier's Nansha ferry route.
Luo Zhaoci, Magistrate of Nansha District, says the new route will strengthen the connection between Nansha and Hong Kong.
Yau Shing-mu, Under Secretary for Transport and Housing of the HKSAR, says the launch of the long-planned direct route is the result of successful collaboration between the different parties.
AA CEO Stanley Hui Hon-chung says Hong Kong is Nansha's ideal window to the world. The new ferry service provides another commuting choice for people living or working in the PRD, allowing them to reach HKIA easily for their connecting flights to different parts of the world.
Ian Fok Chun-wan, Chief Executive Officer of Fok Ying Tung Group, says the new ferry route not only tie in with Fok Ying Tung Foundation's "Nansha New Coastal City" project in the area, but also supports the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games in sea and air transportation.
Passengers of China Airlines, EVA Airways, Japan Airlines and Mandarin Airlines can check in their luggage at Nanshan Port and receive it at their final destination.
The new ferry service operates one daily trip from Guangzhou Nansha Port and SkyPier at HKIA, allowing passengers to fly from Nansha to different parts of the world via HKIA.
The official launch of SkyPier's Nansha route increases the number of PRD ports served by SkyPier to seven.
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