HONG KONG: HK’s challenges need responses: consultant

Hong Kong is a successful air cargohub with advantages over competinghubs that may take some time to erode,but nevertheless, the territory faces seriouschallenges, which require extensiveand challenging policy responses fromGovernment, an executive says. Speaking at a recent AerospaceForum, David Dodwell, chief executiveof Strategic Access Ltd – a privateconsultant on government-related aviationmatters, said as many responsesrequired […]


Hong Kong is a successful air cargohub with advantages over competinghubs that may take some time to erode,but nevertheless, the territory faces seriouschallenges, which require extensiveand challenging policy responses fromGovernment, an executive says.

Speaking at a recent AerospaceForum, David Dodwell, chief executiveof Strategic Access Ltd – a privateconsultant on government-related aviationmatters, said as many responsesrequired close collaboration betweenofficials in Hong Kong, Guangzhou andBeijing, it is open to question whetherinitiatives can be implemented with thespeed that is necessary to protect HongKong’s leadership position.

"Given the difficulties the HongKong Government may face, a concertedand co-ordinated effort was requiredby operators across the trade and logisticssector to press for appropriateand timely responses (which) may be acritical factor in protecting the futuresuccess of the hub," he said.

Citing a Cathay Pacific sponsoredstudy entitled "Hong Kong as Air Cargoand Logistics Hub: From Strengthto Strength … Or set to decline?", Dodwell said Hong Kong retains asignificant competitive edge over competitorlocations, whether in the PRDor further afield due to many factors, including its efficient new airport atChek Lap Kok.

He pointed out that the other factorsincluded its reputation for clearand simple taxes; a highly businesssympatheticenvironment: a strong andclear legal system: and an absence ofcorruption. All of which explains theterritory’s growth in air cargo businessthat has outpaced every other hub inAsia over the past five years, he said.