Airport Authority Hong Kong and Groupe ADP has signed memorandums of understandings (MoU) to strengthen cooperation between Hong Kong International Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The two MoUs on airport management and aviation development, and cargo development were signed by Airport Authority chief executive officer (CEO), Fred Lam, and Groupe ADP chairman and CEO, Augustin de Romanet at the Paris Air Forum.
Under the airport management and aviation development MoU, the two airports will cooperate to improve performance in efficiency, safety, security, quality and environmental protection, and have agreed to enhance network connectivity and share experiences through a staff exchange programme.
The cargo MoU aims to strengthen cooperation between the airports as well as Asia and Europe.
It targets promoting and facilitating the transport of fast growing cargo segments such as e-commerce, temperature controlled goods as well as luxury products.
Both airports will share experience, best practices and information of common interest to enhance safety, security, reliability and efficiency of air cargo development.
Lam says: “Through this collaboration, we hope to construct a mutually beneficial partnership that will help both parties continuously enhance airport operations and development in various areas.
“I believe that by sharing experiences and working together hand in hand, we can offer even better airport experiences and services to our respective passengers and the logistics sectors, as well as elevate the competitiveness of our airports.”
De Romanet adds: “By sharing their experiences and best practices as well as exchanging staff, we will definitely increase our performances in terms of quality of service, productivity, safety, security and environment protection.
“We are also very proud to partner with HKIA on the development of aviation industry talents and to explore new opportunity in Mainland China. On cargo, each airport will benefit for best practices and from developments of high value activities such as luxury products and e-commerce.”
There are on average 44 flights a week between Hong Kong and Paris, which carried more than 480,000 passengers and almost 40,000 tonnes of cargo between the two cities.
Both the airports have attained IATA CEIV Pharma certification, a global standard on competency and preparedness in handling pharmaceuticals.