Airport Management Currently Faced by Research Paper

Excerpt from Research Paper : 2010)." Overall this is in line with HKIA's official policy of functioning as a green and environmentally friendly airport. To quote HKIA's website Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is fully committed to the 4Rs of waste management -- Reduction, Re-use, Recycling and Responsibility. Our waste management efforts include reusing and recycling around 12 tons of wastes every day (Hong Kong International Airport 2010)." In addition, HKIA has been participating in the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department's Wastewise program since 2003. Wastewise sets the city of Hong Kong's annual waste reduction and recycling targets. HKIA has received the Gold Wastewise Label annually from 2003 to 2007. In 2008 they received the Wastewise excellent class and recycle materials such as cardboard, paper, plastics, scrap metals, glass bottles, food waste, vehicle tires, spent lube oil, fluorescent lamps, rechargeable batteries, printer / fax cartridges as well as used cooking oil (Ibid).

While the above results are impressive, the sheer size of the airport as well as its emissions (though they are well controlled) will have a massive impact upon the city. Due to the overall problems in Hong Kong with air pollution historically, the spotlight is on any large Hong Kong institution that could potentially make it worse. For this reason, HKIA's emissions are big public relations as well as pollution and health issues. In 2008, HKIA's air pollution accounted for about 1%, 6%, 1%, 1% and 3% of the total emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, breathable suspended particulates, volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide in Hong Kong respectively (Press Releases 2004).

Summary and Conclusions

To summarize the author has reviewed the main points in the report and has offered their conclusions on how HKIA links with its host city and therefore with the rest of China and with the world. Despite severe problems at its original opening, HKIA has since then worked out these issues and is now performing very well with an official Skytrax five star rating in the process. HKIA has developed into a world-class airport and competes very well at present with its neighbors it its area. However, it is receiving stiff competition from its rivals. For it to succeed, it must integrate its efforts with the other regional airport and may have to specialize in one area such as passenger service at which it excels above all else. The author would tend to concur with the above findings. And would urge that HKIA does move to specialize in passenger service and scrap its other services such as cargo to better mesh with the other regional airports. As noted above, Given Hong Kong's traditional role as an economic powerhouse in China and with the official "one China, two economies" policy, and in this author's opinion will augur well with the Beijing government. It will go a long way to providing good public relations between HKIA, the Beijing government and the city of Hong Kong as well as its people. This good public will must also command a mastering of environmentalism and keeping up its status as a premier green airport, not just out of ecological need but out of public relations commonsense as well. In this way, the public will have a positive and true perception of the airport locally, nationally and globally. This public image is so necessary on all levels, if nothing more to protecting and promoting revenue for HKIA. The fact that the airport just recently had record numbers of passengers would indicate that this strategy is working and that the total actions of HKIA have well planned out and appear to be going in the same good direction in the future.


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