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Higher Diploma in Airline and Airport Services

Programme Code: HD 134 2975 5678 / 3762 0839 2571 8480
QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 17/000626/L4
Registration Validity Period:  30/06/2017 to ongoing

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 practise at the industry-graded cabin mock-up to strengthen their aviation services knowledge and skills.

The programme has received tremendous support from the local and international industry 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

2023 Overall Progression Rate: 61%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 50%

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*:

The University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BBA Hospitality & Real Estate

City University of Hong Kong
BA Linguistics & Language Applications
BBA Accountancy
BSocSc Asian & International Studies
BSocSc Criminology & Sociology

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) Hotel Management
BSc (Hons) Logistics Engineering with Management

Hong Kong Baptist University
BSocSc (Hons) Integrated Communication Management

Lingnan University
BBA (Hons)
BSocSc (Hons) International Economy & Politics

The Education University of Hong Kong
BEd (Hons) (Primary) - Mathematics

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

Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available.

Chan Shuk Ying, Yumiko
Chan Shuk Ying, Yumiko
  • 2021 Undergraduate, Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Language Applications, The City University of Hong Kong
  • 2021 Graduate, Higher Diploma in Airline and Airport Services
  • 2020 Delegate, Australia Aviation Study Trip
  • 2019 Graduate, Diploma in Foundation Studies
  • 2018 Graduate, Certificate in Aviation Studies (Senior Secondary Applied Learning)

I ardently love aviation. The Higher Diploma in Airline and Airport Services programme enables students to acquire aviation, airline in-flight knowledge, etc. Lecturers are professional and enthusiastic about sharing experiences and guiding students to analysis from all perspectives. The programme offers a variety of experiential activities like visiting the HKIA restricted area and taking helicopters, etc.  At the same time, the programme provided students with the opportunities to have overseas study trips in Singapore, Korea, and Australia. I was pleased to participate in the Australia Study Trip which I could interact with the local pilots and learn more about the Australian airport operations. It was a memorable experience that helped me take a big step closer to my career goals.

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 would like 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 overseas study trips. 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 and road map for achieving my goal to be 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, enabling 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 study, 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 the experts in 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 enhanced my interest in aviation and the bonding between classmates. It was also beneficial to our personal development by gaining exposure from different cultures outside of Hong Kong. 

Besides 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 implementation. 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 is a new beginning.

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

I have great aspiration in aviation, that's why I chose the 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 other aviation-lovers can also find themselves from this programme.

Napoles Karen Allisa
Napoles Karen Allisa
  • Flight Attendant, Finnair
  • Graduate, Bachelors of Science (Hons) in Aviation Management
  • Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • Delegate, Singapore Aviation (Airshow) Study Trip
  • 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 enroled 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
  • Flight Attendant, Cathay Pacific
  • Graduate, Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Aviation Management
  • Graduate, Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies
  • Internship Programme – Hong Kong Airlines

To pursue your dream, getting in a 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 aiming for, you can get quality study and knowledge here, which can actually help you to achieve higher academic standard! 

This programme opened the door of aviation industry for me. The most rewarding experience was meeting a lot of experts in the industry who were experienced and professional. Thanks to them, we got to know the most up-to-date knowledge and information about the subject, and the current practice 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. This programme has helped me to take off from the ground and land back again securely with useful knowledge and experience. Had I not chosen CC as my post-secondary study, I would still be engaging in something “down to earth”, without dreams and hopes.