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Mainland, Macau & HK ink GBA airspace pact

The civil aviation authorities of the mainland, Hong Kong and Macau signed a cooperation agreement for the Greater Bay Area.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:46 am

The civil aviation authorities of the mainland, Hong Kong and Macau signed a cooperation agreement for the Greater Bay Area (GBA) in Hong Kong on Tuesday, according to a statement by the Civil Aviation Authority of Macau (AACM).

The statement said the aim of the pact was to “enhance the overall development of the airspace of the three places,” adding that “the purpose is to establish close technical collaboration, enhance low-altitude airspace development and conduct personnel training with regard to their respective resources.”

The agreement was signed by representatives from the Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong (HKCAD) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Macau. The tripartite pact covers cooperation on the development of airspace in the GBA, which consists of nine cities in Guangdong province and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

According to the Macau Post Daily, the statement noted that the agreement is based on the airspace-related instructions laid down by the Outline Development Plan for the GBA and aims to achieve a “win-win situation and shared growth through discussions on innovative development, with the objective of jointly developing a world-class airport cluster” in the 11-city conurbation.

According to the agreement, the three parties will set up a team composed of representatives from major airlines and airports in the area to collect the air space users’ views as reference, assess the traffic demand impact on the area’s air space by scientific means, provide technical support for the safe operation and development planning for all the airports in the area, deepen the management of low-altitude airspace, enhance the development of general aviation, encourage the use of civil aviation training facilities and mutual recognition of training courses, and promote personnel training in the civil aviation industry.

The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the Hong Kong government. AACM President Simon Chan Weng Hong signed the agreement on behalf of the local government.

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:46 am

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