AviationAlongside the retail, culinary and MICE segments, a relief package is announced to benefit the aviation industry, airport retail and restaurant tenants and airport staff

Hong Kong continues to roll out relief packages

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Parking and airbridge fees for idle aircraft will be waived and landing charges will be reduced at HKIA.
Parking and airbridge fees for idle aircraft will be waived and landing charges will be reduced at HKIA. Photo Credit: Catharine Nicol

HONG KONG - Earlier this month the Hong Kong Tourism Board announced a HK$400 million (US$51.5 million) funding plan to support the city’s tourism stakeholders, focusing on local and overseas travel agencies, hotels and airlines, retail and dining, attractions and the MICE segment.

Airport shops and restaurants on fixed rents will be offered rent relief of HK$320 million (US$41.2 million) in total, amounting to 70% for three months up to May, and 50% in June.

On Monday, following earlier relief measures, the Airport Authority (AA) announced a further HK$1 billion package, just shy of US$129 million, for the Hong Kong airline community.

This comes in direct response to the impact of Covid-19 and following the recent compulsory three-month quarantine for all arrivals as of March 19.

The package incorporates a government waiver of air traffic control charges worth HK$670 million (US$86.3 million) and a sum of HK$330 million (US$42.5 million) from the Airport Authority.

Parking and airbridge fees for idle aircraft at Hong Kong International Airport will be waived and landing charges will be reduced by 40% for passenger planes, while fees for ramp handling, maintenance and airside vehicles will also be impacted.

Airport shops and restaurants on fixed rents will be offered rent relief of HK$320 million (US$41.2 million) in total, amounting to 70% for three months up to May, and 50% in June.

For frontline staff on no-pay leave, HK$50 million (US$6.4 million) will go towards additional training to upgrade skills, covering up to 25,000 staff.

Fees will also be waived for four months for those providing some ancillary airport services.

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