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Dr Kan Tsui Aviation, Business Administration, Aviation, Aviation, Accountancy, Accountancy

Senior Lecturer

School of Aviation

Dr. Kan Tsui is a senior lecturer at the School of Aviation, Massey University. He obtained PhD in Aviation at Massey University in 2013, and worked with University of South Australia between 2013 and 2014. In terms of the employment in the aviation industry, he has worked in Hong Kong’s aviation industry (major airlines and Hong Kong International Airport) for more than five years.

He has published 20 papers in aviation and air transport, tourism, and economics journals and two book chapters relating to the airport and tourism sectors. Seven (7) of my papers have been published in Tourism Management (4), Journal of Travel Research (1), and Urban Studies (2) - an A* grade journal (ABDC list) and one of A* papers (Tourism Management) is my solo-authored research. In addition, he has been the principal investigator for three (3) research projects and has provided advisory services to government and airport. He acts the reviewer for journals (Tourism Management, Journal of Air Transport Management, Transportation Research Part E: (Logistics and Transportation review), Tourism Management Perspectives, New Zealand Economic Papers, Transportmetrica A: Transport Science, the Annuals of Regional Science, Transport Policy, Case Studies on Transport Policy and Journal of Destination Marketing & Management). Also, he has attended international aviation, tourism, logistics, and economic conferences.

Currently, his research involves development and application of state-of-the-art techniques and methodology to investigate and analyse the contemporary issues related to air transport industry (airlines and airports) and the dynamics of air transport policy, as well as tourism. He is actively involving PhD and Master research supervision and looking to grow the cohort of PhD and Master students to research air transport, tourism and other-related issues.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 64 6 9518649
    Location: Room 7.08, Colombo Village
    Campus: Turitea


  • PhD in Aviation (2013)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (2009)
  • Master in Aviation Management (2005)
  • Bachelor of Aviation Management (2003)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accountancy (2003)
  • Bachelor of Accountancy (1998)

Prizes and Awards

  • Research award received. Date: October 2015. To recongise my excellent research achievement, Massey University awarded me β€œthe Massey University College of Business - Early Career Research Award”. - Massey Unviersity (2015)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I have a strong interest in exploring the dynamics of the air transport industry and the tourism sector in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly:

  • airline and airport demand forecasting

  • the development of airline and airport networks and global airline strategic alliances

  • airport productivity and efficiency

  • the air transport regulatory environments

  • future tourism activities and trends and its relationship with air transport industry

Research Opportunities

  • Any aviation related topics and supervision  (17/02/2015) Work with the undergraduate and postgraduate aviation students who keen to undertake the projects relating to aviation management.

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Air Transportation and Freight Services (150701): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000):
Cross-Sectional Analysis (140301): Econometrics (140300): Economic Models and Forecasting (140303): Economics (140000):
Impacts of Tourism (150601):
Panel Data Analysis (140304): Time-Series Analysis (140305):
Tourism (150600): Tourism Forecasting (150602): Tourism Management (150603): Transportation and Freight Services (150700)


Aviation; Airlines and Airport Management and Strategies; Demand forecasting; Tourism

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Research Outputs


Henderson, IL., Avis, M., & Tsui, WHK. (2018). Testing discontinuous innovations in the tourism industry: The case of scenic airship services. Tourism Management. 66, 167-179
[Journal article]Authored by: Avis, M., Henderson, I., Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., Balli, F., Tan, DTW., Lau, O., & Hasan, M. (2018). New Zealand business tourism: Exploring the impact of economic policy uncertainties. Tourism Economics. 24(4), 386-417
[Journal article]Authored by: Balli, F., Lau, C., Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK. (2017). Does a low-cost carrier lead the domestic tourism demand and growth of New Zealand?. Tourism Management. 60(June 2017), 390-403
[Journal article]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., & Balli, F. (2017). International arrivals forecasting for Australian airports and the impact of tourism marketing expenditure. Tourism Economics. 23(2), 403-428
[Journal article]Authored by: Balli, F., Tsui, W.
Tan, D., & Tsui, WHK. (2017). Investigating causality in international air freight and business travel: The case of Australia. Urban Studies. 54(5), 1178-1193 Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/home/usj
[Journal article]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Chow, CKW., & Tsui, WHK. (2017). Organizational learning, operating costs and airline consolidation policy in the Chinese airline industry. Journal of Air Transport Management. 63, 108-118
[Journal article]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Alsumairi, M., & Tsui, WHK. (2017). A case study: The impact of low-cost carriers on inbound tourism of Saudi Arabia. Journal of Air Transport Management. 62(July 2017), 129-145 Retrieved from http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jairtraman
[Journal article]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., Gilbey, A., & Ozer-Balli, H. (2014). Estimating airport efficiency of New Zealand airports. Journal of Air Transport Management. 35, 78-86
[Journal article]Authored by: Ozer-Balli, H., Tsui, W.
Tsui, KWH., Yuen, ACL., & Fung, MKY. (2018). Maintaining competitiveness of aviation hub: Empirical evidence of visitors to China via Hong Kong by air transport. Current Issues in Tourism. 21(11), 1260-1284
[Journal article]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Wang, K., Tsui, WHK., Liang, L., & Fu, X. (2016). Entry patterns of low-cost carriers in Hong Kong and implications to the regional market. Journal of Air Transport Management. , 1-12
[Journal article]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., Tan, DTW., & Shi, S. (2017). Impacts of airport traffic volumes on house prices of New Zealand’s major regions: A panel data approach. Urban Studies. 54(12), 2800-2817
[Journal article]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Lin, B., & Tsui, W. (2016). The effects of the airline strategic alliance group on member airlines’ productivity during pre – mature stage. The Air Transport Research Society Special Issues (International Journal of Aviation Management). 3(2/3), 136-149 Retrieved from http://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=IJAM#about
[Journal article]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Gilbey, A., Tani, K., & Tsui, WHK. (2016). Outcome Knowledge and Under-reporting of Safety Concerns in Aviation. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 30(2), 141-151
[Journal article]Authored by: Gilbey, A., Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., & Fung, MKY. (2016). Analysing passenger network changes: The case of Hong Kong. Journal of Air Transport Management. 50, 1-11
[Journal article]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., & Fung, MKY. (2016). Causality between business travel and trade volumes: Empirical evidence from Hong Kong. Tourism Management. 52, 395-404
[Journal article]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Balli, F., & Tsui, WHK. (2016). Tourism Demand Spillovers between Australia and New Zealand: Evidence from the Partner Countries. Journal of Travel Research. 55(6), 804-812
[Journal article]Authored by: Balli, F., Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., Gilbey, A., & Balli, HO. (2014). Estimating airport efficiency of New Zealand airports. Journal of Air Transport Management. 35, 78-86
[Journal article]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., Ozer Balli, H., Gilbey, A., & Gow, H. (2014). Forecasting of Hong Kong airport's passenger throughput. Tourism Management. 42, 62-76
[Journal article]Authored by: Gilbey, A., Gow, H., Ozer-Balli, H., Tsui, W.
Kan W.H. Tsui, Steven J. Thatcher, . (2013). Aviation safety in the undergraduate curriculum: aviation students' perceptions.. World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education. 11(4), 434-437
[Journal article]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Steven J. Thatcher; Kan W.H. Tsui, . (2013). A comparison of the learning outcomes of international students from Asia and Australian students in an undergraduate aviation programme. World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education. 11(4), 456-459
[Journal article]Authored by: Tsui, W.


Henderson, IL., & Tsui, WHK. (2018). The role of niche aviation operations as tourist attractions. In A. Graham, & F. Dobruszkes (Eds.) Air transport: A tourism perspective. Forthcoming: Elsevier
[Chapter]Authored by: Henderson, I., Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., & Henderson,, IL. (2018). The changing dynamics and roles of New Zealand’s airports – An overview. In F. Xiaowen, (Ed.) Airline Economics in Asia. Forthcoming: Emerald Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Henderson, I., Tsui, W.


Lin, B., & Tsui, WHK.(2017, July). Exploring Airlines Organisational Culture: A Content Analysis of Mission and Vision Statements. .
[Conference]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., Fu, X., Tan, D., & Sampaio, B.(2017, July). Well-being and Airport Activities: The Empirical Analysis of Australia and New Zealand. .
[Conference]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., Tan, D., Chow, CKW., & Song, S.(2017, July). Tourism demand, airline seat capacity and housing prices: a regional study of New Zealand. .
[Conference]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Ozer-Balli, H., Tsui, W., & Balli, F.(2017, February). The volatility of international visitor arrivals to New Zealand. http://www.otago.ac.nz/economics/otago633681.pdf.
[Conference]Authored by: Balli, F., Ozer-Balli, H., Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., Tan, D., & Chow, CKW.(2016, June). Will air transport or tourism affect urban property prices? The case of regional cities in New Zealand. .
[Conference]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Wang, K., Tsui, WHK., Liang, L., & Fu, X.(2015, November). Entry Patterns of Low-Cost Carriers in Hong Kong and Implications to the Regional Market. Proceedings of the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2015: Empowering Excellence in Maritime and Air Logistics: Innovation Management and Technology.
[Conference]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Tsui, W., Ozer-Balli, H., Gilbey, AP., & Gow, H.(2013, September). Forecasting of Hong Kong international airport’s passenger volumes. Proceedings The 6th Knowledge Cities World Summit. (KCWS-2013)(pp. 732 - 732). Retreived from http://brosgroup.net/KCWS2013/KCWS_2013_PROCEEDINGS.pdf
[Conference]Authored by: Gilbey, A., Gow, H., Ozer-Balli, H., Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., Gilbey, A., & Ozer-Balli, H.(2013, June). Estimating airport efficiency of New Zealand airports. .
[Conference]Authored by: Tsui, W.
Tsui, WHK., Ozer-Balli, H., Gow, H., & Gilbey, A.(2011, June). Operational efficiency of Asia Pacific airports. .
[Conference]Authored by: Gilbey, A., Gow, H., Tsui, W.


Henderson, IL. (2016). Could airships make a comeback? Evidence from a case study within the tourism industry of Queenstown, New Zealand. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Henderson, I.Edited by: Avis, M., Tsui, W.

Consultancy and Languages


  • English, Cantonese, Mandarin
    Last used: Present
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 0
Co-supervisor 1 0


190.318 - Air Transport Economics

190.703 - Management in Aviation Systems

190.721 - Design and Management of Aviation

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Vinolia Salesi - Doctor of Philosophy
    Contributing factors for determining ICAO compliance of the Pacific island countries (PICs)
  • Isaac Henderson - Doctor of Philosophy
    Airport branding: The creation and measurement of airport brands

Co-supervisor of:

  • Xinning Wang - Doctor of Philosophy
    Exploring innovative funding for Mega Transport Infrastructure Projects

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