Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Zhuhai Airport (ZUH) are looking to boost ties for the development of the aviation industry in the Greater Bay Area (GBA).

In this regard, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) reached a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Zhuhai Municipal Government.

The agreement will see the development of international cargo business and the introduction of ‘Fly-Via-Zhuhai-HK’ passenger link services.

‘Fly-Via-Zhuhai-HK’ is expected to offer a seamless service for Mainland passengers travelling on HZMB to reach worldwide destinations via HKIA.

The service will also allow HKIA’s passengers to travel to Mainland cities through Zhuhai Airport.

In addition, the cooperation will enable the development of an aviation industrial park in Zhuhai that will serve as a centre for aircraft maintenance, retrofit and configuration and other projects.

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The MoU will also facilitate talks on equity infusion into Zhuhai Airport.

Hong Kong and Zhuhai airports will use their expertise in their respective air networks and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) to improve competitiveness and grow customer numbers.

AAHK chairman Jack So said: “With strong support from the Central Government and Guangdong Provincial Government in capturing opportunities for integrated development between the Mainland and Hong Kong, the deepened cooperation between the two airports will give full play to the respective advantages of Hong Kong and Zhuhai, as well as leverage the convenience brought by HZMB, achieving mutual benefits.

“Both sides will join hands in developing a high-end aviation industrial park, bringing international partners to Zhuhai and creating an important new collaboration platform for Guangdong and Hong Kong to promote the development of the aviation industry.

“The collaboration will boost the demand for logistics and air cargo services and provide service to the whole country and worldwide.”