Pearl River Delta Region Air Traffic Management Planning and Implementation Tripartite Working Group meeting held in Chengdu

     The Director-General of the Air Traffic Management Bureau of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Mr Che Jinjun; the Director-General of Civil Aviation of Hong Kong, Mr Simon Li; and the President of the Civil Aviation Authority of Macau, Mr Chan Weng-hong, met in Chengdu today (November 22) to exchange views on measures to enhance the Pearl River Delta airspace and minimise flight delays.

     Subsequent to an supervisory-level meeting and the signing of a Memorandum of Co-operation on enhancement of air traffic management efficiency in July in Macau, the air traffic control (ATC) experts of the three sides have held a number of meetings at different levels over the past four months to discuss airspace and air traffic flow management (ATFM). Gradual progress was achieved on exchange of operational information and co-ordination on ATFM measures. The aviation authorities of the three sides agreed to continue to follow the ATFM mechanism as mentioned in the Memorandum with an aim of gradually enhancing operational efficiency of flights and reducing flight delays.

     During the meeting, the three sides agreed to strive towards the common goal of improving on-time performance of flights flying to and over the Mainland from Hong Kong and Macau. Furthermore, it was agreed that the modelling and fast time simulation of the airspace and air traffic in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area would be expedited to provide reliable, precise and detailed analysis for planning and formulating air traffic management procedures and measures. This will provide data and technical support in airspace optimisation for facilitating the Three-runway System (3RS) construction at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and the sustainable development of the Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai airports.

     Mr Li said he looks forward to seeing more achievements in respect of PRD airspace optimisation, airspace capacity enhancement and ATFM improvements next year. All this will help achieve the ultimate target runway capacity of 102 air traffic movements per hour under the 3RS operation at the HKIA, and achieve greater synergy in the Bay Area airspace and create an airport economic belt with international influence.

Ends/Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:27