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A “History and Prospects” Airport Journey from Kai Tak to Chek Lap Kok and Beyond


The first scheduled air service operated by Britain's Imperial Airways arrived at Kai Tak Airport from London on 24 March 1936.<br>(Photo courtesy: Civil Aviation Department)
Kai Tak Airport in the 1970s.<br>(Photo courtesy: Civil Aviation Department)
A central feature of the three-runway system is the Third-Runway Concourse, which is designed to be traveller-centric, hi-tech and environmentally friendly.

Roving exhibition to visit Hong Kong, Kowloon, New Territories

(HONG KONG, 3 June 2014)  –  From the old days when flying was a luxury for the very few, to the modern age of aviation, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been an integral part of the city. HKIA is where many of Hong Kong’s collective memories have been made, and its primary link to the rest of the world.

To trace the airport's history and showcase its plans for the future, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has announced the launch of a roving exhibition that will premiere at Cityplaza in Taikoo Shing tomorrow. The exhibition, “History and Prospects", tells the story of the city's aviation history and HKIA's evolution into one of the world's finest airports. It includes historical exhibits and photos from both the Kai Tak and Chek Lap Kok eras – including the first scheduled flight from London, which landed at Kai Tak Airport in 1936, and an overview of Kai Tak with its eight frontal parking stands – that document the airport's development and its unique role in Hong Kong’s growth.

"History and Prospects" also features the first-ever display of the piece of quartz that was unearthed at Chek Lap Kok during excavations for the new airport, which subsequently circled the earth 236 times on the space shuttle Columbia during its 15-day space mission in 1994. The quartz will be on display when the exhibition travels to Tuen Mun Town Plaza at the end of July.

Exhibits will include, for the first time, a section of the planned Third-Runway Concourse, showcasing the traveller-centric, hi-tech, environmentally friendly airport experience of tomorrow. Visitors will also be able to glimpse the future of HKIA through an interactive model and animated video. Other exhibits highlight the AA's ongoing efforts in building and operating a green airport.

Admission is free. All members of the public are invited to come relive the fond days of the past and experience first-hand the airport of the future.

Exhibition Schedule

Date Time Venue
4 to 8 June 2014, Wednesday to Sunday 11 am to 9 pm Cityplaza, 2/F Central Bridge, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
23 to 27 July 2014, Wednesday to Sunday Olympian City 2, G/F North Atrium, 18 Hoi Ting Road, West Kowloon
30 July to 3 August 2014 Wednesday to Sunday Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Phase 1, 1/F Main Atrium,1 Tuen Shun Street, Tuen Mun, New Territories

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