【Article】Open Skies – Argument against budget airlines won’t fly in Hong Kong

SCMP link:
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1328692/argument-against-budget-airlines-wont-fly-hong-kong

SCMP 2013-10-15
A15 | INSIGHT | Dennis Kwok

Open Skies – Argument against budget airlines won’t fly in Hong Kong

【Dennis Kwok says budget airlines must be part of the growth in our aviation industry, as travellers will benefit from greater competition】

Affordable air travel is made possible by low-cost carriers. Yet, they have so far failed to establish themselves in Hong Kong. While low-cost carriers account for 65 per cent of all travel in the Philippines and 61 per cent in Thailand, that figure is less than 10 per cent in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Jetstar Hong Kong has applied to the Air Transport Licensing Authority to operate out of Hong Kong. This is a potential game changer that could allow more Hongkongers to fly, and to further open up the civil aviation industry to more competition.

Hong Kong’s largest conventional airline, Cathay Pacific, and its subsidiary, Dragonair, have voiced their opposition to Jetstar’s application, claiming it would contravene Article 134 of the Basic Law which states that the government will only issue licences to airlines which are incorporated, and have their principal place of business, in Hong Kong. Continue reading “【Article】Open Skies – Argument against budget airlines won’t fly in Hong Kong”

【文章】鬧市中的曲徑通幽

am730 2013-10-04
B26 | 戶外 | Run | By 郭榮鏗

《鬧市中的曲徑通幽》

中秋過後,出外跑步時感到流汗少了。翻看月曆,原來連秋分也已過了,難怪跑起來步伐倍覺爽快。

上次提過,跑步是我最喜歡的運動,可以讓我一邊強身,一邊思考。比起到健身室踏跑步機,我更愛到戶外跑。其中連接跑馬地至中環的寶雲道,是我最經常也最鍾意的跑道。它平坦如砥,沿途綠林成蔭,而且大部分路段禁止行車,空氣相當清新,所以深受跑步者和晨運客喜愛。經這條路由跑馬地一直跑往中環,從住民的社區到政經的重心,感覺猶如穿越一條連結繁華大都市和寧靜桃花源的隧道。香港人工時長,壓力大,難得有閒情逸致欣賞身邊一草一木。要是我沒有跑步的習慣,也未必有機會欣賞這條曲徑通幽。

初秋的微風吹起了寶雲道的綠草清香,氣味觸動腦袋,讓我聯想起郊野公園。這陣子政府提議用郊野公園的地來起樓,激起極大反對。其實郊野公園之所以彌足珍貴,不單為其生態價值,更為它容易到達。不管你家住何方,只要花少許交通時間,便可以浸淫於天造地設的大自然當中。大自然是公平的,它歡迎任何人去享受它的一切。然而,當它變成了屋苑, 恁設計師如何鬼斧神工,也無法營造原本的自然環境;即使有再多的所謂公共空間,也不能讓人如以往般自由自在地遊樂。那時候,市民只會更迷失於石屎森林之中,一離開家門,幾乎就要消費。難道生活就只可以是在商場購物和買服務,跑步只可以付款到健身室的跑步機?

大自然是大家的,一個城市的歷史也是大家的。寶雲道其實蘊藏著不少香城的歷史痕跡,未知你可曾駐足欣賞?

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