Hangzhou’s David Jea moves back to Hong Kong after five-year secondment

By Charlotte Turner |

David-Jea-Hangzhou-and-AAHK-leadDavid Jea has left his position as Deputy General Manager at Hangzhou International Airport and has taken on the role of Senior Manager, Business Continuity Planning for Hong Kong Airport Authority (AAHK); transferring back to the company following a five-year secondment to Hangzhou.


Jea, who was part of the speaker line-up at the TFWA China’s Century Conference in Hainan this March, was seconded from Airport Authority Hong Kong in 2014 to Hangzhou International Airport and appointed as the Deputy General Manager.


He was tasked with assisting the General Manager in the areas of passenger terminal management and operations, non-aeronautical business management and development, retail/advertising business and property management, as well as customer service quality delivery.


Jea was also responsible for communication and liaison with Airport Authority Hong Kong.



Prior to joining Hangzhou International Airport, Jea held several managerial posts at Airport Authority Hong Kong, overseeing the management and operations of the terminal, landside traffic, estate, and integrated airport control centre.



Tommy Lai was seconded to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to head up terminal operations from 2014 to 2016.

Tommy Lai, who has over 30 years experience working in the aviation industry covering airlines and airport operations, will replace Jea in the position of Deputy General Manager Hangzhou International Airport.


Lai began his career in the 1980s at Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong, holding senior poistions in ground operations, regional sales and marketing of international airlines, prior to joining Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) in 2007.


Lai joined AAHK as Senior Manager in looking after airport real time operations and later transferred to Hong Kong International Aviation Academy as Marketing and Partnership Director. Lai was then seconded to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to head up terminal operations from 2014 to 2016.


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