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Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao ATC Tripartite High Level Leader and Technical Group Meeting24 Sep 2018

From September 11 to 13, 2018, the tripartite meeting of high-level leader group of air traffic management of the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao together with the technical group of Airspace Planning and Flow Management were held in Harbin, Hei Longjiang. The Director-general of the Air Traffic Management Bureau of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Mr. Che Jin Jun, the Director-general of the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong, Simon Li, and the President of the Civil Aviation Authority of Macao Simon Chan with their delegates participated the meeting. As the air traffic service provider in Macau, Geng Yajun, Director of the Airport Operations Branch, and Hu Gaohong, Senior Head of Air Traffic Services Division of Macau International Airport Company Limited (CAM) represented to attend such meeting.

The meeting reviewed the achievements made in the first eight months of this year, including the flexible use of A599 and A470 routes, the northbound application of M503 routes, and the priority of Hong Kong and Macao airports in flow control. All these measures had resulted in double-digit increases in the overall flight punctuality compared with that of the same period for last year, with encouraging results. At the same time, the construction of the airspace simulation platform was progressing smoothly. The database needed for the evaluation has been completed, and the data collation and evaluation work will be started soon. Based on the evaluation results, concrete measures will be formulated to further optimize the airspace and air traffic management.

The meeting agreed that flight from Macao to Pudong could apply to use M503 to improve flight efficiency, though the specific implementation date was yet to be determined. The meeting also decided to set up a leading group on airspace planning and air traffic management in the Great Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, all airports in the Great Bay Area will be also invited to join such group in suitable time in order to lead the airspace planning and management in the Great Bay Area. At the same time, the conference recommended to study the possibility of the establishment of a video telephone coordination mechanism to improve ATC operational coordination efficiency.