The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) of Hong Kong has selected Aireon’s AireonFLOW technology for air traffic flow management.

By deploying the technology, CAD aims to provide improved air traffic visibility and situational awareness to regional air navigation service providers (ANSP).

Using automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) service, AireonFLOW offers air traffic management grade data.

Aireon claims that its technology has been designed to enhance prediction capabilities of flow management, as well as relevant air traffic capacity and demand platforms.

Annually, Hong Kong’s ANSP manages more than 400,000 air traffic movements at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), as well as overflights passing through the flight information region (FIR).

The rollout of the new technology comes at a time of growth for the ANSP and HKIA.

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AireonFLOW provides continual position updates to ensure that the demand prediction for traffic in their airspace sectors and at airports has a high level of accuracy.

Aireon CEO Don Thoma said: “The Hong Kong airspace is a perfect candidate for our AireonFLOW product.

“With one of the world’s busiest airports and significant overflight traffic from countries throughout the region, the ability to accurately and reliably predict traffic flows is of the utmost importance.

“CAD Hong Kong is a leader in air traffic management and has been a strong proponent of space-based ADS-B since 2020, and we’re looking forward to seeing how CAD Hong Kong will reap operational efficiencies and safety improvements using our data.”

This January, HKIA passenger volume surged to 2.1 million as China reopened its borders.