With support from the Government, Hong Kong’s
Airport Authority has launched a new HK$1 billion relief package
for the airport community in view of the continuing impact brought
by the COVID19 outbreak.
The relief package is put together with a
government waiver of HK$670 million Air Traffic Control Charges to
the Airport Authority for the year 2019/20, which will be passed on in full to
the airport community, plus a sum of HK$330 million from the
Airport Authority itself.
The effective period of different measures is from February to
June 2020, targeting three main groups: aviation industry, airport
retail tenants and restaurants, and airport staff.
Measures for the aviation industry will be worth
around HK$630 million. Airlines will receive full waiver for five
months on parking and airbridge fees for idle passenger aircraft,
and 40% reduction of passenger aircraft landing charges for four
months, among other relief measures for airlines covering ramp
handling, maintenance and airside vehicle-related fees.
Full waiver of commercial service counter licence
fees, in-terminal service licence fees, and fees paid by
cross-border transport operators will be provided for four months.
Rental of offices and lounges in the terminal and
franchise fees for aviation support services including aircraft
catering, into- plane fueling and maintenance, as well as cargo
terminal services will be reduced by 10% to 50% for three to four
Rental relief totaling HK$320 million will be
provided to airport shops and restaurants paying a fixed rent. The
rental concession will be 70% for three months from March to May,
and 50% in June, as stepped-up support from the 20% fixed rental
discount starting last October.
A total of HK$50 million has been earmarked for
providing training allowance to frontline airport staff who are on
no-pay leave, with a view to encouraging staff to enhance
competencies and skills. The sum can benefit up to 25,000 staff.
Before the announcement of the latest package, the
Airport Authority had already introduced two rounds of relief measures in
September 2019 and February 2020 respectively, amounting to about
HK$1.6 billion. The measures in the past two rounds included rental
concessions, reduction or waiver of fees, among others, providing
support to various business partners such as airlines, ramp
handlers, retail tenants, restaurants and franchisees.