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Aviation Market in Hong Kong Unit: USD thousands




2015 (estimated)



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Exchange Rate: 1 USD





Total Market Size = (Total Local Production + Total Imports) – (Total Exports)
Data Sources: Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department (HS Code: 8801-8803)

Hong Kong’s market for aircraft and aircraft parts has shown significant growth in the past few years due to an increase in aircraft movement, passenger numbers and cargo volume. In 2014, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 63.3 million passengers, 4.38 million tons of cargo and 391,000 flight movements. Hong Kong, despite being an international hub with over 100 airlines operating extensive flight connections to 180 destinations worldwide (including 45 mainland China cities), has only one airport with 2 runways.

As a result of current limited capacity, the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has been planning to build a third runway to meet Hong Kong International Airport’s long-term growth demand. The three-runway system project (3RS) was approved by the Executive Council in March 2015, and is estimated to cost US$18 billion and is expected to be completed by 2023. The 3RS is expected to increase maximum runway capacity by 48% to accommodate 607,000 aircraft movements per year, handle 102 million passengers and 8.9 million tons of cargo.

There are no aircraft, engine, equipment or component manufacturers in Hong Kong; all of these items are imported. Most of the end-users purchase mainly from original equipment manufacturers (OEMS), distributors or the service market. Local aircraft-related distributors, in general, also sell to other markets in Asia, especially mainland China. Only a small amount of in-flight equipment, like meals utensils and galleys, are manufactured locally.

There are no barriers to market entry for most products, except defense items. There are also no tariffs on aviation products. Purchase decisions are usually based on quality, price and delivery schedule. However, FAA certificates or the equivalent must be provided for all items. The Airport Authority Hong Kong and government departments (e.g. Government Flying Service, Civil Aviation Department) make purchases through tender selection. For high-value purchases, the Central Government Tender Board makes the selections.

Macau’s gaming sector has stimulated the city’s long-term air traffic growth, including a sizable increase in business aviation. In 2014, the Macau International Airport handled 28,767 tons of air cargo, 5.5 million passengers and 52,559 total aircraft movements. These figures demonstrate a steady growth in passenger and aircraft movements but a decline in air cargo throughput. Macau’s air cargo industry in the near future remains unclear, but the air traffic is expected to sustain and grow fairly steadily in the long term due to the closer cooperation between Macao and Guangdong Province.

Sub-Sector Best Prospects

  • Consumable aircraft parts and expendable items
  • Business jets and related services
  • Training for air traffic controllers and maintenance personnel
  • Devices to improve aircraft safety management


With global economic uncertainty and rising operational costs, both legacy airlines and low-cost carriers are outsourcing to Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) operators. Therefore, MRO operators have become major buyers of aircraft parts and ground support equipment. The MRO operators in Hong Kong are: Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (HAECO), China Aircraft Services Ltd. (CASL), and Pan Asia Pacific Aviation Services (PAPAS).

In addition, market opportunities arising from the building of a third runway with supporting facilities and infrastructure look promising for U.S. firms. Development of this three-runway system will involve the construction of related taxiway systems and airfield facilities, construction of passenger concourses, as well as the expansion of the existing Terminal 2. Potential suppliers should take note of the concern over the environmental impact.

Web Resources

Trade Shows / Exhibitions / Conferences

Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition
Dates: April 12-14, 2016
Location: Shanghai, China

Zhuhai Airshow
Date: November 1-6, 2016
Location: Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

Industry Contacts

Airport Authority Hong Kong

Civil Aviation Department

For more information about this industry sector, please contact:

Ms. Kimmy Lee, Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2521-5950
Fax: (852) 2845-9800

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