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Delta airspace improvements set

October 23, 2013
The Civil Aviation Department, China's Civil Aviation Administration and the Macau Civil Aviation Authority have agreed to adopt joint airspace planning principles, common standards and harmonised flight procedure design to enhance Pearl River Delta airspace usage, Secretary for Transport & Housing Prof Anthony Cheung told lawmakers today.
The three-part working group plans to optimise the region's airspace structure by 2020.
It will gradually optimise structure and management in the medium to long term, he said, and progressively establish a Southern Pearl River Delta air traffic management region covering airports in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Macau and Zhuhai.
“This will enhance coordination of air traffic management within the Pearl River Delta region, making it less complicated and improving efficiency in flight operations.”
The improvements will allow the Pearl River Delta region to cope with anticipated air traffic growth in the region to around 5,000 aircraft movements a day by 2020, he said.
Prof Cheung said the improvement measures have taken into account the airport's three-runway operating mode and its demand for airspace, to accommodate demand projections of 620,000 flight movements a year until 2032.