Air Services and Safety Management

The Air Services and Safety Management Division of the Department is responsible for:

  1. facilitating the operation of scheduled services in accordance with air services agreements and arrangements;
  2. regulating non-scheduled air services and private non-revenue flights;
  3. regulating the operations of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Hong Kong;
  4. providing information to the Air Transport Licensing Authority for consideration regarding applications by local airlines for licences to operate scheduled air services;
  5. providing information to the Transport and Logistics Bureau for air services negotiations;
  6. providing slot co-ordination services to airlines and other aircraft operators;
  7. monitoring the noise and flight tracks of aircraft operating to and from the Hong Kong International Airport, and implementing the noise abatement programme;
  8. reviewing and, if necessary, proposing changes to civil aviation legislation;
  9. co-ordinating the Department’s participation in the activities of international organisations, particularly the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC);
  10. co-ordinating, in conjunction with the Airport Authority Hong Kong, periodic review of air transport demand forecasts;
  11. co-ordinating the supply of air traffic statistics to international organisations;
  12. co-ordinating the implementation of ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) Continuous Monitoring Approach in Hong Kong and Hong Kong Aviation Safety Programme to ensure compliance with the applicable new ICAO Annex 19 provisions;
  13. approving air traffic control (ATC) training courses, issuing ATC licences and the associated ATC ratings and certificates; and
  14. co-ordinating the formulation of departmental training policy and the arrangement of training courses for departmental professional grade staff.