Hong Kong International Airport Consultancy (HKIA Consultancy) and U-Tapao International Aviation (UTA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) relating to the U-Tapao International Airport and Eastern Airport City Development Project near Bangkok.

As a result, UTA will be advised on airport planning, operations, smart technology, and commercial development.

Jack So, chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), said: “It is our honour to be involved in this important project in Thailand by sharing our experience and expertise in airport management and commercial developments.”

The MoU was signed by Simon Li, project director of HKIA Consultancy; Kavin Kanjanapas, director of UTA; and Pradit Theekakul, director of UTA in Bangkok.

“The cooperation with Hong Kong International Airport is part of the U-Tapao International Airport development plan to become a standardised and quality airport, according to international principles,” said Kanjanapas.

“This will be achieved by Hong Kong airport’s sharing of knowledge and experience in management and technology with UTA, as well as serving as a consultant for various projects which operate under the MoU agreement, so that UTA can develop U-Tapao International Airport for sustainable growth.”

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HKIA Consultancy has previously provided professional services to a number of airports in the region. This includes Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Zhuhai Jinwan Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.

However, the majority share holder of Bangkok Mass Transit System BTS Group met with So to begin talks of a collaboration in November 2022.

BTS Group met with Hong Kong International Airport the next month to discuss the subject further. This discussion led to the signing of this MoU.

HKIA Consultancy aims to provide tailor-made solutions to its clients. By creating an airport community, the consultancy is able to create seamless travel experiences for passengers using these airports.