Programmes - HKU SPACE Community College
Skip to main content
Engineering & Technology Icon Engineering & Technology

Higher Diploma in Airline and Airport Services

Programme Code: HD 134 Online Application 2587 3232 / 3762 0910 2571 8480

Application Code 報名編號 : HD134



Programme Features

This programme aims to cover the major knowledge and skill competency required for modern airline and airport passenger service operations. Students have the chance to conduct practice at the industry-graded cabin mock-up to strengthen their aviation services knowledge and skills.

The programme has received strong local and international industry supports including the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy, Jardine Aviation Services and the Incheon International Airport Corporation. These organisations have agreed to provide internship opportunities for students. Students can also participate in ICAO recognized training courses and field trips at the restricted areas of Hong Kong International Airport and the Incheon International Airport to broaden their horizons to an international level.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2019 Overall Progression Rate: 69%
Some of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of recent years have articulated to*:

City University of Hong Kong
BBA (Hons) Accountancy
BSocSc (Hons) Asian & International Studies

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BBA (Hons) Aviation Management & Logistics
BBA (Hons) Global Supply Chain Management
BBA (Hons) International Shipping & Transport Logistics
BEng (Hons) Aviation Engineering
BSc (Hons) Aviation Operations & Systems
BSc (Hons) Logistics Engineering with Management

Lingnan University
BBA (Hons)

HKU SPACE International College

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the fulltime degree programmes offered locally by the HKU SPACE International College in collaboration with the Swinburne University of Technology leading to the award of Bachelor of Aviation Management

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • English for Aviation Profession
  • Applied Statistics
  • Practical Chinese


Year 1 

  • Introduction to Aviation Industry
  • Safety Awareness in Aviation
  • Airline Business Development and Management
  • Air Cargo Services
  • Airport and Airline Operations
  • Airport Services I#
  • Airline In-flight Services I


Year 2

  • Environmental Factors in Aviation
  • Human Factors and Performance
  • Airport Services II#
  • Airline In-flight Services II

Experiential Learning (Take either one)

  • Project
  • Aviation Placement

This module is jointly offered with the Hong Kong Aviation Ground Services Limited (HAGSL) 

Kaur Simonpreet
Kaur Simonpreet
  • 2018 Year 2, Higher Diploma in Airline and Airport Services
  • 2018 Participant, Australia Aviation Study Trip
  • 2017 Participant, Singapore Aviation (Airshow) Study trip
  • 2016 Graduate, Applied Learning in Aviation Services

Studying aviation has always been my dream as I get to know more about  the  aviation  industry.  I started  off  with  studying  Applied Learning  in  Aviation  during  my  high  school  years.  After  HKDSE, I continued  to  study  the  Higher  Diploma  in  Airline  and  Airport service at HKU SPACE CC.

In  this  programme,  I  got  opportunities  to  experience  different things such as the Singapore Airshow study trip and the Australia Aviation study trip. In the Singapore Airshow study trip, I gained more knowledge  about  the  aviation  industry.  I  got  an  amazing opportunity to meet with the Air Hostess of Air Baltic and asked her about her experience on the job and road map on how I can achieve my goal to become an Air Hostess. She suggested that I should work on my communication skills and my customer service skills. Overall, it was a mind-boggling experience for me.

Moreover,  in  the  Australia  Aviation  Study  Trip,  I  got  a  great opportunity  to  experience  practical flying  and  attended  lectures at  the  Swinburne  University  of  Technology.  In  addition,  I  also visited the  National  Aviation  Museum  and  the  QANTAS  Flight Training Center. All these experiences motivated me to study hard and achieve my dreams. HDAAS programme provided all the experience and education required to become a Flight Attendant, enabled me to explore more about the aviation industry.

Ip Hiu Man, Lavender
Ip Hiu Man, Lavender
  • 2017 Flight Attendant, Hong Kong Airlines
  • 2015 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • 2015 Delegate, Macau and Zhuhai Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip
  • 2015 Delegate, Korea Aviation (Asia Pacific Symposium) Study Trip
  • 2014 Delegate, Singapore Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip

When I first studied this programme, I was lost and couldn’t find my path  in  the  future.  After two years  of studying here, I knew that I gained a lot from the programme.

This programme allowed me to join various activities, I was fortunate to be given a chance to attend study trips to airshows, conferences and training. We had the opportunities to communicate with expertise in areas of aviation, to have a closer look at all kinds of aircraft and aviation technologies. Apart from learning, the college also arranged sightseeing sessions during the trip. I did have fun and enjoyed participating in these activities, which increased my interest in aviation and had better bonding between classmates. It was also beneficial to our personal development by gaining exposure from different cultures outside of Hong Kong.

Besides from academic activities, the programme team also arranged some extra-curricular events like orientation camp, fellowship dinner and barbecue party for current students and alumni. You may even have a chance to organise an event on your own, from planning to implementing details for the event. This programme offers opportunities for you to let your creative juices flow and enables you to put what you have learnt to good use.

Remember, every end has a new beginning.

Li Lok Yee, Lois
Li Lok Yee, Lois
  • 2016 Customer Service Specialist, Cathay Pacific
  • 2015 Graduate, Bachelors of Science (Hons) in Aviation Management, Coventry University
  • 2014 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • 2013 Internship Programme – Jardine Aviation Services

I have great aspiration in aviation, that's why I chose Aviation Studies in HKU SPACE Community College in 2012. Throughout the two years, other than the knowledge taught by lecturer, the college also provides us opportunity to work at the airport or with different airlines. Luckily, I had a chance to work at Jardine Aviation Services as a ground staff. Although I only worked for a short period, I really enjoyed working in the field that I love. I am currently working in the Customer Service Department at Cathay Pacific. The time here is wonderful. Hope that aviation-lovers can also find themselves from this programme.

Napoles Karen Allisa
Napoles Karen Allisa
  • 2015 Flight Attendant, Finnair
  • 2015 Graduate, Bachelors of Science (Hons) in Aviation Management, Coventry University
  • 2014 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • 2014 Delegate, Singapore Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip
  • 2013 Delegate, Aviation China Study Trip (Tianjing-Beijng)

Hi, I am Allisa, a graduate of Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme. After I acquired the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme, I took a Top-Up degree in Aviation Management with Coventry University, who has a partnership with City University of Hong Kong. I enrolled the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies programme in HKU SPACE CC because I had great intentions to pursue a career in Aviation; my goal was to be a pilot. Right now, I am a flight attendant flying for Finnair, but I have not forgotten my real dream, and I am still doing everything that I can to fulfill my heart’s desire. During my final year, I also spent some time working for a business jet company in Hong Kong under Supply Chain and Procurement. I have learnt how to source aircraft materials from this job and I was also able to assist them with acquiring new equipment for their new branch in Macau. It was a challenging but exciting experience for me.

When I graduated from the Higher Diploma programme, I rewarded myself with two hours of leisure flight, an hour with Cessna 152 and another one with Cessna 172. This was something incredible for me, I suggest every person who dreams to be a pilot to try this, given the money and time. In the vast of two years with HKU SPACE CC, they were able to give us the maximum exposure to aviation. For example in Year 1, we visited Heliservices Inc., where we were educated about helicopters and this is when I realized, being a pilot doesn’t only mean flying for commercial airlines, there are many positions pilots can have, and the most interesting for me is flying helicopters for search and rescue.

In Year 2, we had a 4-day Aviation trip to Beijing. And in the middle of Year 2, we headed to the Singapore Airshow 2014 for 6 days. We had exclusive opportunities; talks from Airbus, Boeing, CAE, Gulfstream and Singapore Polytechnic. I was even lucky to be interviewed by Airbus official media. I was one of the leaders for the Orientation Camp 2014. Our activities included city hunt, team building games and had a BBQ party at night before we had a beauty pageant. It was very enjoyable; all the planning and preparations paid off. All these activities made it possible for me to make a lot of friends who are also passionate about aviation and this is excellent as one of our lecturers said, “In aviation, sometimes it’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know”.

Chan Ying Kit, Sonic
Chan Ying Kit, Sonic
  • 2014 Flight Attendant, Cathay Pacific
  • 2014 Graduate of Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Aviation Management
  • 2013 Graduate of Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • 2013 - Internship Programme – Hong Kong Airlines

To pursue your dream, getting in university is not the only path now. I am really thankful after taking the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies in HKU SPACE CC.

I have learnt a lot of aviation knowledge in these two years. The whole package of study was practical and the learning experience was extraordinarily sensational. No matter what outcome you are searching for studying in here, all you can get is quality study and knowledge, and these can actually help you to build up even up higher academic rung!

This course opens the door of aviation industry for me. The most valuable thing is that I can meet a lot of experts of that industry who are experienced and professional. Because of that, we can get to know the most up-to-date knowledge and information about the subject, and the expertise they are practicing now in the workplace.

Flying is not easy at all. I am a cabin crew of Cathay Pacific Airways now. I have visited many places where I have never been to, such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam etc. There is no boundary to fly in the sky. I appreciate that this course has helped me to take off from the ground and land back again securely with bundle full of useful knowledge and experience. Had I not chosen CC as my post-secondary study, I would still be engaging in something very down to earth, without dreams and hopes.