HKIA is not only a key transportation facility serving the people of Hong Kong, it also contributes to the social development of the city by strategically investing in the skills development of people in our neighbouring communities, and supporting the development of local technology.

Community Investment

In addition to maintaining our charitable donations and philanthropy, such as the annual HKIA Gift Donation Campaign, we have begun taking a more strategic approach to community investment by targeting social issues that directly impact HKIA’s business.

In June 2015, we established our community investment (CI) vision statement:

“To contribute to the social and economic growth of Hong Kong, in particular Lantau and other neighbouring communities, by nurturing talent, realising the potential of individuals, and encouraging participation in aviation-related industries.”

Based on this vision, we developed a CI strategy that adopts the concept of “creating shared value” and incorporates social issues into our business strategy to benefit both the community and the long-term competitiveness of HKIA. Our key focus is to address labour issues by “nurturing talent” and “unleashing the potential of individuals”.

In 2016, we conducted a feasibility study to understand the employment challenges of HKIA as well as in our neighbouring districts such as Tung Chung, Kwai Tsing, Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun. The feasibility study proposed three programme ideas targeting working youth and non-Chinese speakers in our neighbouring districts, and working parents at HKIA. We are finalising the programme ideas and aim to launch the EXTRA MILE community investment project in 2017/18.

Supporting Local Technology

To support our vision of establishing HKIA as the Hong Kong people’s airport, we proactively collaborate with local universities, research and development centres, and start-ups to explore, test and implement locally-developed technological solutions.

We established the HKIA Innovation Centre under the HKIA Technovation Board with the aim of leveraging HKIA as a platform to test prototypes and innovative use of local technological solutions. We also set up a HK$20 million Technovation Fund to provide funding support for local start-ups to develop prototypes which could improve HKIA’s operational efficiency. Within AAHK, a Smart Airport Department was formed under the Airport Management Division in August 2016 to liaise with the airport community and facilitate the application of innovative technologies in our day-to-day airport operations.

Examples of technological solutions tested / implemented at HKIA:

Co-invented by D2V Limited (a local start-up) and AAHK, the AGLSIS is an automated system for airfield ground lights (AGLs) inspection. The system has significantly improved the efficiency and accuracy of AGL maintenance inspection by adopting high speed imaging, global positioning system (GPS) and big data technology. The proof-of-concept stage was completed successfully and a full-scale roll-out is planned in Q3 2018/19.

The AGLSIS received the Bronze Award in the Best Smart Hong Kong Award (Open Data / Big Data Application) of the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2017. It was also named Champion of the Hong Kong Electronics Project Competition 2017 organised by the Electronics Division of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers.

Jointly developed by The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, Hong Kong R&D Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies and AAHK, the system enables real-time trolley supply monitoring by using artificial intelligence techniques for analysing video content.

The system has been installed in the Baggage Reclaim Hall in Terminal 1 to monitor trolley availability by sending out different alerts to frontline workers according to the number of trolleys available.

Alert Red Yellow Green
No. of trolleys Empty 50 or below Above 50

The system not only greatly reduces the need for manual checking of trolleys, but also helps the trolley management contractor to better deploy its manpower based on the real-time trolley usage and demand level.

We have commissioned the first-ever locally-made STC electric vehicle (EV) charging facility in the car park of HKIA Tower. Co-designed by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and AAHK, the STC facility shortens the charging time for a single EV, and is compatible with a wide range of EV models.

Equipped with a built-in intelligence feature, the STC facility supplies electricity to multiple EVs more efficiently by adjusting the charging rate according to the battery condition of each car that is being charged.

We plan to install the STC facility on the apron in 2019 and extend its use to cover electric ground service equipment.