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Macau will become a regional center for business aviation

Dal Kikin
February 25, 2019

In accordance with the new initiative proposed by the Chinese government, Macau will become a regional center for business aviation.

The implied title “Development Plan of Guangdong County, Hong Kong and Macao Davan” is part of the plan of the Great Bay Area Government, which aims to bring cities along all sides of a large bay.

A large gulf area includes Guangdong Province, as well as Hong Kong and Macao. China’s two largest metropolises, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, are located in Guangdong Province.

According to the plan, Macau will become a regional center for business aviation with all the related infrastructure necessary to support business aviation operations in the region, including MRO facilities and parking for business jets.

After restoration, the land will be built up to include infrastructure and parking bays for servicing business jets.

Hong Kong will be further recognized by the international gateway and cargo center, and more infrastructure will be built, including a third runway, to support this. Business aviation will not be taken out of the airport, but traffic will remain limited during peak hours.

The airports in Guangzhou and Shenzhen will also be expanded, and a study will be undertaken on the possibility of building a second airport in Guangzhou.

While it would seem that business aviation will be the main winner, helicopters will play an important role in connecting the big cities of the gulf area. To this end, the government will accelerate low-level airspace reform in the Bay Area, opening up opportunities for more helicopter routes between cities.

For the AsBAA, the Asian Business Aviation Association, recognition of the importance of business aviation in the region is the culmination of three years of lobbying. In its chapters on Hong Kong and the Great Bay, AsBAA states that this will contribute to the creation of the Great Bay Transport Committee, which will help support the coordination of airspace in adjacent areas, as well as the necessary regulatory reforms.

“AsBAA is deeply encouraged and proud to see the enhanced commitment from the Chinese central government to recognise the importance of BA/GA and facilitate its growth in the GBA.” Said Jenny Lau, chairperson, AsBAA. “Over the past three years, we have successfully lobbied for many of the points now announced in the government’s outline plan for the region.”