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Flight irregularity handling in China U.S. Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan
HONG KONG AIRLINES
Flight irregularity handling in China
To increase the normal rate of operations of flights in China, and help to effectively handle flight delays and improve service quality. Hong Kong Airlines promulgated a “Flight irregularity handling in China” which applies to all of our scheduled and public charter flights that depart from or arrive at China airport, and this Plan was complied with The People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Transportation. We have clearly stated in the terms of carriage that passengers have made when purchasing tickets that they are responsible for the delays or cancellations of flights under different conditions. Passengers can download the relevant clauses of the terms of carriage on our official website.
Definition:
As per guidance of Ministry of Transportation, delay and cancellation can be defined as below:
1.   Arrival flight delay – Actual arrival time delayed more than 15 minutes of schedule arrival time.
2.   Departure fight delay - Actual departure time delayed more than 15 minutes of schedule departure time.
3.   Cancellation - The planned operation of a flight is cancelled caused by flight delay.
4.   Tarmac delay – Delay when customers are on board the aircraft before takeoff or after landing.
Departure flight delay and cancellation handling

1.   In the event of a flight delay or cancellation, we will post the information to the passenger via public information platform, official website, call center, SMS, telephone, radio, etc. within 30 minutes after the flight delay or cancellation.
2.   If the flight delay or cancellation related to airline issue, such as flight rescheduling, carriage service and crew, passenger will be provided meals service and accommodations service if necessary.
3.   If the flight is delayed or cancellation related to outside control, such as weather, emergency, air traffic control, passenger will be assisted in arranging meals and accommodations, and passenger shall be responsible for all related expenses incurred.
4.   Elderly, passenger with reduced mobility, expectant mother and unaccompanied minor should be given priority on handling.
5.   The waiver / refund policy will be catered under certain circumstance, such as ticket condition. Certificate will be issued on basis of delay / cancellation to affected passenger.
Tarmac delay handling

1.   Passengers must be notified in every 30 minutes regardless of the circumstance once tarmac delay is known. The notification must include the reason for delay, estimated departure time if known.
2.   We will provide operable lavatory facilities while our aircraft remains on the tarmac.
3.   Passengers must be served with adequate food and potable water no later than 2 hours from the commencement of the tarmac delay.
4.   Disembarkation is required if a tarmac delay is for 3 hours or more and there is no definite take-off time provided by Air Traffic Management. The disembarkation of customers will depend on the consideration of safety and security.
Responding to customer complaints, issues and enquiries
Should you have any concerns relating to our handling, please do share this with us as it will help us provide better customer service. Our Customer Relations department is committed to addressing all customer feedback and welcomes the opportunity to respond. We will respond to related concerns within 20 days. Please contact us via email: crd@hkairlines.com or tele: +852 31514661.
Remarks:
If there is any inconsistency or ambiguity between the English and Chinese version of the “Flight irregularity handling in China”, the Chinese version shall prevail.
HONG KONG AIRLINES
U.S. Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan
The Hong Kong Airlines Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan (the “Plan”) applies to all of our scheduled and public charter flights that depart from or arrive at a U.S. airport. We have established this Plan to comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation “Enhanced Protection for Airline Passenger” regulations (14 CFR Part 259).
1.   For international flights that depart from or arrive at a U.S. airport, we will not permit our aircraft to remain on the tarmac at a U.S. airport for more than four hours before allowing passengers to deplane, unless:
(i)   The pilot-in-command determines there is a safety-related or security-related reason why the aircraft cannot leave its position on the tarmac to deplane passengers; or
(ii)   Air traffic control advises the pilot-in-command that returning to the gate or another disembarkation point elsewhere in order to deplane passengers would significantly disrupt airport operations.
2.   For all flights covered by the Plan, we will provide adequate food and potable water no later than two hours after our aircraft leaves the gate (in the case of a departure) or touches down (in the case of an arrival) if our aircraft remains on the tarmac, unless the pilot-in-command determines that safety or security considerations preclude such service.
3.   For all flights covered by the Plan, we will provide operable lavatory facilities, as well as adequate medical attention if needed, while our aircraft remains on the tarmac.
4.   For all flights covered by the Plan, we will notify our passengers every 30 minutes regarding the status of the tarmac delay, including the reason for the delay, if known.
5.   For all flights covered by the Plan, we will notify our passengers 30 minutes after scheduled departure (including any revised departure time that passengers were notified about before boarding) and every 30 minutes thereafter that they have the opportunity to deplane from an aircraft that is at the gate or another disembarkation area with the door open, if the opportunity to deplane actually exists.
6.   We have sufficient resources to implement the Plan.
7.   We have coordinated the Plan with all applicable airport authorities, including U.S. Customs & Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration, at all U.S. airports that we serve, including all diversion airports.
Remarks:
If there is any inconsistency or ambiguity between the English and Chinese version of the “U.S. Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan”, the English version shall prevail.
Flight irregularity handling in China