“Kowloon City used to be the place for dinner before flying from Kai Tak Airport. Now it’s quiet,” says Victor Lau, a helicopter pilot with the Government Flying Service (GFS) of China’s Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong (HKSAR). In July 1998, the GFS was the first tenant of the abandoned Kai Tak Airport to move 45 minutes west to the new Chek Lap Kok (CLK) Airport on Lantau Island.
Hong Kong International Airport
“I don’t think I’ve ever been so optimistic about the Asian business aviation market, especially in North Asia and China,” Jason Liao, Hawker Beechcraft’s regional vice president for China and Southeast Asia, told AIN.
The Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) will return to Hong Kong next year, increasing to a two-day format, February 3 and 4. This year, the U.S. National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) jointly staged a one-day forum in Hong Kong on February 14.
Hong Kong helicopter operator Heliservices is getting mixed signals from local authorities, ones it claims affect its ability to stay in business. Heliservices has been providing direct helicopter air-taxi services between Chek Lap Kok Airport and a pair of waterfront sites on Hong Kong proper for several years.
Metrojet pioneered business aviation services in Hong Kong and is one of the earliest private business aircraft operators in Asia. It has decided to extend its maintenance offerings to all operators to ensure the continued growth of business aviation in the region.
Bombardier Aerospace has added three new business aircraft service facilities to its international support network. Arkia Maintenance of Tel Aviv, Israel, and Metrojet of Hong Kong, China, have been named Bombardier line maintenance facilities, and Ruag of Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, has been named an authorized service facility.
Metrojet of Hong Kong is one of Bombardier Aerospace’s three new business aircraft service facilities, joining Arkia Maintenance of Tel Aviv as Bombardier line maintenance facilities. The business jet manufacturer also named Ruag of Oberphaffenhoffen, Germany, as an authorized service facility.
More than 700 attendees and 23 exhibitors were expected at the one-day Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) forum held today in Hong Kong. During the event, 14 aircraft were on static display at Hong Kong International Airport and the exhibit space at the nearby Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre.
Oxford Airport is being redeveloped and marketed as a business aviation gateway for central England and the London area. The move is an attempt to fill the capacity left by a halving in the amount of flight-training activity at the airfield.
On November 28 a third runway with Cat IIIa ILS approaches at both ends became operational at Helsinki-Vantaa (Finland) Airport. Capacity at the airport is expected to double after terminal operations move to a site between the two main parallel runways. With the new runway, the airport can handle up to 50 operations per hour. Plans to move the operations center are being evaluated, based on traffic flow.