Special Announcement

Advanced Cargo Facilities

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) aims to provide the "best-value" services to airport users in the most efficient and effective manner. To optimise land-use and enable economies of scale in airport support and related cargo services, HKIA has franchised most aviation logistics activities to specific service providers. Each franchise is tendered strictly within the guidelines of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and awarded on a build-operate-transfer basis. HKIA works in partnership with the franchisees, regularly reviewing their performance and comparing them with accepted international and industry standards.

First Tier Cargo Handling Facilities

Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT)

  • Operated by Asia Airfreight Terminal Co Ltd
  • Designed capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per annum
  • Total investment of over HK$ 2.5 billion
  • Land area of about 8 hectares
  • State-of-the-art fully automated cargo handling system, and RFID truck control system with information accessibility over web and mobile apps
  • Certification: AHS 1000, ISAGO registration, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001, TAPA Class A and Platinum Member of Cargo 2000 Quality Management System (C2K)
  • Awarded "Class of Excellence" of Energywi$e and Wastewi$e of Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence in 2013
  • The first air cargo terminal operator in Hong Kong accredited as Authorized Economic Operator by C&ED
  • CHINALINK - one-stop cargo service to/from the Pearl River Delta (PRD)
  • The terminal is equipped with special cargo handling facilities – strong / cold rooms, freezers, dangerous goods room, radioactive room

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DHL Central Asia Hub (DHL)

  • Operated by DHL Aviation (Hong Kong) Ltd
  • First dedicated express cargo terminal at HKIA
  • Handles over 35,000 parcels and 40,000 documents per hour
  • Total investment of over HK$1.6 billion
  • Land area of about 3.5 hectares
  • The first large scale automated express hub in Asia Pacific
  • Certification: TAPA Class A


Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl)

  • Operated by Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd
  • Designed capacity of 2.6 million tonnes per annum
  • About HK$8 billion investment
  • Land area of about 17 hectares
  • Certification: ISO 9001 certification, TAPA - Cargo Terminal Best Security Practices compliance, IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) registration, Cargo 2000 Platinum Member, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification, ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification, OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System
  • SuperLink China Direct - multi-modal services between Hong Kong and major cities in Southern China
  • Equipped with a state-of-the-art fully automated cargo handling system and other special cargo handling facilities – perishable/ livestock/ horse/ valuable cargo handling centres, refrigerated and dangerous goods cargo centres, express centre

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Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal (CPCT)

  • Operated by Cathay Pacific Services Limited
  • Designed capacity of 2.6 million tonnes per annum
  • About HK$5.9 billion investment
  • Land area of about 11 hectares
  • State-of-the-art materials handling system
  • Certification: TAPA "Warehouse Classification Level A" Certificate


Air Mail Centre

  • Operated by Hong Kong Post
  • Handles 700,000 mail items per day
  • Land area of about 2 hectares
  • Equipped with a state-of-the-art mail sorting system


Second Tier Cargo Handling Facilities

Marine Cargo Terminal (MCT)

  • Operated by Chu Kong Air-Sea Union Transportation Co Ltd
  • Designed capacity of 150,000 tonnes per annum
  • 400 metre quay front for berthing
  • One-stop-shop multi-modal logistics services linking with 18 ports in PRD


Airport Freight Forwarding Centre (AFFC)

  • Operated by Airport Freight Forwarding Centre Ltd
  • Land area of about 6 hectares with a gross floor area of about 133,000 m2
  • Provides warehouse and office space to freight forwarders for consolidation and distribution

Tradeport Logistic Centre

  • Operated by Tradeport Hong Kong Ltd
  • Land area of about 1.4 hectares with a gross floor area of about 31,000 m2
  • Provides custom-designed logistics services such as inventory management, order processing and postponement assembly

Performance Standards

Non-restricted area    
HKIA Target %
Truck Queuing Time 30 mins 96%
Export Cargo Reception 15 mins 96%
Import Cargo Collection 30 mins 96%
Empty ULD Release 30 mins 96%
Cargo Breakdown
HKIA Target %
  • General
Passenger Aircraft ATA+5 hrs. 96%
Freighter Aircraft ATA+8 hrs. 96%
  • Perishable
ATA+120/105 mins 96%
  • Express
ATA+120/90 mins 96%
Mishandling Rates <1.5 in 10,000 shipments N/A
Late-positioning <1 unit/1,000 Flts N/A


Non-restricted area  
Export Cargo Reception - Cut Off Time STD - 3 hrs