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Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China to work together on air traffic management in Pearl River Delta

Memorandum of cooperation covers regular meetings and exchange visits as well as coordination mechanism for sharing information

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 July, 2017, 8:52am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 July, 2017, 8:52am

The civil aviation authorities from Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland signed an agreement on Thursday to enhance cooperation over air traffic management in the Pearl River Delta.

Under the memorandum of cooperation, the three authorities will set up a regular exchange mechanism on air traffic flow management, under which a technical group on air traffic flow management will meet biannually and conduct regular exchange visits to promote cooperation among the technical experts.

They will also set up a day-to-day coordination mechanism on air traffic flow management to facilitate direct exchange of operational information and coordination of management measures.

An emergency liaison mechanism will be established for better communications in case of contingencies.

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The three sides also agreed to initiate modelling and simulation of the airspace and air traffic in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area by using advanced technology to provide analysis for planning and formulating air traffic management procedures and measures.

This analysis would provide data and technical support in airspace optimisation for the construction of the third runway at the city’s international airport, and the development of airports in Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai.

The memorandum was signed at a meeting in Macau attended by Hong Kong’s director-general of civil aviation, Simon Li Tin-chui; the director-general of the mainland’s civil aviation administration, Che Jinjun; and the president of Macau’s civil aviation authority, Chan Weng-hong.