Infrastructure development required in Asia

Asian Sky Group (ASG), the Hong Kong consulting company, released its first report on the infrastructure for business aviation in the Asia-Pacific Region. Demonstrating the region’s need for the development of business aviation infrastructure, which is associated with the growth of passenger traffic and the increase in the number of aircraft, the report provides detailed data and analyzes the number of FBO, MRO and international airports.

Jeffrey Low,  ASG Managing Director, said, “The ASG infrastructure report points to one of the biggest challenges in the industry. Only in the next two years, Beijing, Manila and Singapore will achieve airport capacity. Hong Kong is already overloaded. The terminals do not cope with eight of the 11 best airports in Asia, which are already classified as “reaching the limit”.

“An important element of healthy, sustainable development of business aviation and caller ID is the necessary infrastructure for its support. Clearly demonstrating the current figures and potential, the report identifies the most important infrastructure problems in the industry, in the hope of eliminating them,” Mr. Low continued.

Highlights of the report are as follows:

In the Asia-Pacific Region, there are 1,017 airports, including airports with an artificial runway over 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) long. 61 FBOs serves the growing business aircraft in the region, and there are 205 MRO service providers for aircraft and helicopters that operate 188 FBO and MRO facilities.

In general, the Asia-Pacific Region has 21 factory service centers and 93 authorized service centers. A unique feature of the MRO market in the Asia-Pacific Region is the number of approvals by the aviation authorities of countries required to service or repair an aircraft registered here or in an offshore jurisdiction.

Hong Kong faces the most serious problem of excessive traffic in the region. 130 business jets located in the city and traffic from around the world complicate the work of the international hub, which has only one FBO, four MROs for airplanes, one technical center for piston helicopters and a limited number of parking spaces.

Australia is the most developed market in terms of infrastructure, reflecting a mature market that more closely resembles the United States and Europe, rather than the Asia-Pacific Region. The country has 249 airports, 19 FBOs, 34 helicopter and 14 aircraft technical centers.

Seletar Airport in Singapore, adjacent to the Seletar Aerospace Park, is primarily designed for business aviation and AON, and there are two service centers owned by manufacturers – Rolls Royce, Bombardier and Textron, as well as major independent service providers – Hawker Pacific and Jet Aviation which have several approvals from manufacturers and numerous approvals from different countries. The Changi Airport in Singapore is another airport located on the island, serving commercial airlines.

China does not yet have the institutional capacity to carry out heavy checks, concessions and suffers from tax problems when importing parts, but it is still expected that this market will grow as a center for MRO, as the age of the fleet and its capabilities will improve. Currently, China has several technical centers, including factory stations from Gulfstream in Beijing and Bombardier in Tianjin, and independent Hawker Pacific Shanghai is an authorized service center for Falcon and Cessna aircraft.

In terms of passenger traffic, Beijing Capital International, Haneda International in Tokyo, Hong Kong International and Shanghai Pudong are among the top regional airports with intense passenger traffic and runway limits. Indonesia (Halim – Jakarta), Thailand (Don Muang – Bangkok) and Malaysia (Subang – Kuala Lumpur) are examples of auxiliary airports in major cities that serve business jets and helicopters, with an excess of commercial traffic at major airports.

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