Hong Kong legislators have approved funding for a series of air traffic control system upgrades which the territory's Civil Aviation Department (CAD) says are needed to cope with expected traffic growth in the area.

Under the plans, Hong Kong will spend HK$105 million ($13.5 million) replacing a 22-year-old primary surveillance radar on Mount Parker.

The new device will be installed over four months in 2003 during which time primary radar coverage will be reduced. This will require a temporary increase in separations between aircraft operating in certain areas, which CAD considers an "acceptable interim measure" given forecast traffic levels for 2003 and the availability of other radars.

Source: Flight International