Conference on Aviation Law and Policy in Hong Kong: Maintaining Hong Kong’s Status as an International Aviation Hub

1 November 2023

The Conference on Aviation Law and Policy in Hong Kong, organized by CUHK LAW, was successfully held on 1 November 2023. With 100 participants, the conference brought together diverse groups from the Hong Kong International Airport, airlines, the business jet industry, aviation law firms, aircraft financing/leasing companies, government, and academia to discuss how to maintain Hong Kong’s status as an international aviation hub.

Prof. Jae Woon Lee opened the conference while citing Article 128 of the Basic Law, which mandates the maintenance of Hong Kong’s status “as a centre of international and regional aviation.” In his welcoming remarks, Prof. Lutz-Christian Wolff, the Dean of CUHK LAW, emphasized the importance of aviation law and policy in enabling the world to leverage all the opportunities Hong Kong offers.

The conference featured the keynote speaker, Mr. Steven Yiu Siu-chung, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Airport Authority, who explored the strengths and potential of Hong Kong as an international aviation hub. In Session 1 titled “Regaining Connectivity,” participants broadly discussed the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis and how Hong Kong is recovering its aviation connectivity. In Session 2 titled “Beyond Connectivity,” various topics were actively discussed, including multimodal transport by high-speed rail and ferry, regulatory support for business jets, tax benefits for aircraft financing, and the role of electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL).

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