Special Announcement
2013  
18 November AA announced its unaudited interim financial results for the six months ended 30 September 2013. Revenue and profit attributable to the equity shareholder increased 14.7% and 17.0% respectively over the same period in 2012, to HK$7,337 million and HK$3,215 million.
25 October AA welcomed the announcement made by the Government that the term of appointment for Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung as Chairman of the AA has been extended for one year to May 2015.
4 October HKIA has been inducted into the Travel Hall of Fame at the TTG Travel Awards 2013. The prestigious accolade was conferred upon HKIA after it clinched the Best Airport award 10 times since 2002.
30 August AA released its first sustainability report. Entitled “SUSTAINING OUR CAPACITY – Our Blueprint for Shared Growth”, the report outlines how AA’s core sustainability values and recent initiatives have influenced the management of HKIA.
1 to 4 August AA hosted a four-day exhibition and two public forum sessions to update the public on progress with the Environmental Impact Assessment of the planned three-runway system at HKIA.
5 and 6 July AA hosted a celebratory 15th anniversary Gala Dinner and the airport’s first-ever mob dance. The Gala Dinner is officiated by C Y Leung, Chief Executive of the HKSAR Government, and attended by friends and members of the airport community.
26 June AA announced that HKIA continued to deliver record financial performances during the fiscal year ended 31 March 2013. Profit attributable to the equity shareholder rose 5.4% to HK$5,624 million during the year, while revenue increased 8.1% to HK$13,134 million. AA declared a final dividend of HK$4,400 million to the HKSAR Government.
22 March HKIA received the Airports Council International Airport Carbon Accreditation “Optimisation” certificate – the second-highest level of accreditation in the programme – for its management and reduction of carbon emissions. HKIA is the first and only airport in Asia-Pacific to achieve this standard.
4 January AA Chairman Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung welcomed Mr Vincent Lo Hong-sui to the AA Board along with the reappointments of the Hon Albert Ho Chun-yan and the Hon Chan Kam-lam for three-year terms starting 1 January 2013.
 
2012  
26 November AA announced the unaudited interim financial results for the six months ended 30 September 2012. Revenue and profit attributable to equity shareholder rose 8.0% and 13.1% respectively over the same period in 2011 to HK$6,395 million and HK$2,751 million.
19 October John Chai Sung-veng was appointed Executive Director, Projects.
7 October HKIA was named the world's "Best Airport" at the TTG Travel Awards – an award it has claimed every year since 2002, except in 2003 when the awards were not held.
11 August The AA welcomed the issuance of the Study Brief for the Environmental Impact Assessment of expanding HKIA into a three-runway system by the Director of Environmental Protection.
29 June Cissy Chan Ching-sze was appointed Executive Director, Commercial.
29 June The AA submitted further information for the project profile on the expansion of HKIA into a three-runway system.
27 June The AA announced that HKIA set new records for both revenue and profit in the financial year ended 31 March 2012. Profit attributable to the equity shareholder was HK$5,336 million and revenue was HK$12,154 million for fiscal 2011/2012. The AA declared a final dividend of HK$3,900 million to the Hong Kong SAR Government.
28 May The AA submitted its project profile to the Director of Environmental Protection for the expansion of HKIA into a three-runway system.
8 May The AA and 40 business partners pledged to make HKIA the world's greenest airport.
20 March The AA welcomed the HKSAR Government's approval in principle to adopt, for planning purposes, the three-runway option as the future development direction for HKIA.
19 March C K Ng was appointed Executive Director, Airport Operations.
29 February The AA unveiled the HK$2.2 billion West Apron development, which will help HKIA meet its medium-term demand for additional parking stands.
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2011  
30 December The AA welcomed the new Air Services Arrangement signed between Hong Kong and Taiwan. The new arrangement will further liberalise the aviation market between Hong Kong and Taiwan.
29 December AA announced the results of its HKIA Master Plan 2030 public consultation and submitted its recommendation to the HKSAR Government to adopt, for planning purposes, the three-runway option as the future development option for HKIA.
9 December AA held a grand groundbreaking ceremony for the Midfield development. Phase 1 of the project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.
28 November AA announced the unaudited interim financial results for the six months ended 30 September 2011. Revenue and profit attributable to equity shareholder increased 15% and 24% respectively from the same period last year, to HK$5,921 million and HK$2,432 million.
24 November HKIA conducted a multi-scenario aircraft crash exercise. A total of over 1,100 participants from 25 government departments and organisations took part in the drill to fully test the airport community's preparedness for contingency response and coordination.
2 November HKIA clinched the “Best Airport in China” award from leading publication Business Traveller China for the fifth time in seven years.
1 November HKIA was acknowledged by Airports Council International (ACI) as the Inductee with Distinction in the maiden “Director General’s Roll of Excellence”.
9 October HKIA won three Best Airport awards in three months from readers of renowned international publications TTG, Condé Nast Traveller and SmartTravelAsia.com.
2 September The three-month public consultation for the HKIA Master Plan 2030 concluded with over 29,000 questionnaires and written feedback submissions received.
29 June The AA announced that HKIA set new financial and operational records in the financial year ended 31 March 2011, including a profit attributable to the equity shareholder of HK$4,035 million for fiscal 2010/2011, and declared a final dividend of HK$3,100 million to the Hong Kong SAR Government.
2 June The AA released the HKIA Master Plan 2030 and started a three-month consultation to solicit stakeholder and public feedback on the airport's future development direction.
25 May The AA welcomed the Government’s reappointment of the Chairman and five members, and the appointments of six new members to the Board, effective 1 June 2011. Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung was reappointed as Chairman for a second term of three years.
31 March HKIA won Skytrax’s World’s Best Airport award for the eighth time since 2001. It was also named the winner of Best Airport Asia and Best Airport Dining awards in the same survey.
29 March The AA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chicago Department of Aviation establishing HKIA and O’Hare International Airport as "sister airports".
25 March Senior management of the five major airports in the Greater Pearl River Delta region took part in the annual chairmen's meeting held in Hong Kong. The five airports agreed to strengthen co-operation and promote sustainable development of the airports in the region. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the meeting.
22 February The AA kicked started the celebration of the 100th anniversary of aviation development in Hong Kong with a photo exhibition at HKIA.
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2010  
28 December HKIA's passenger volume and cargo tonnage exceeded the 50 million and four million marks respectively for the first time, setting new annual records.
17 December The AA and nearly 40 airport business partners pledged to reduce HKIA’s carbon emissions by 25% per workload unit by 2015.
29 November The AA announced the unaudited interim financial results for the six months ended 30 September 2010. Revenue and profit attributable to equity shareholder increased 19% and 50% respectively over the same period in the previous year, to HK$5,142 million and HK$1,961 million.
19 November HKIA held an annual crash exercise simulating for the first time a crash incident involving an aircraft and a ground vehicle on the runway.
28 October HKIA and Beijing Capital International Airport became "sister airports" to strengthen their cooperation.
30 June The AA declared a total of HK$4,500 million in dividends – composed of an ordinary dividend of $2,300 million and a special dividend of $2,200 million – to its sole shareholder, the HKSAR Government, for the financial year 2009/2010. The AA’s profit attributable to its equity shareholder surged 9.9% to $2,844 million over the previous year. Revenue grew by 1.5% to $9,015 million.
13 May The Airports Council International named HKIA World's Best Airport among facilities serving 40 million-plus passengers a year for the fourth consecutive year. HKIA also took the third place in both regional (Asia-Pacific) and overall categories.
13 May The Chief Executive of the HKSAR announced the reappointment of Dr Lo Ka-shui for a term of one year and the appointment of Ms Anita Fung Yuen-mei for three years as members of the AA Board.
30 April William Lo Chi-chung was appointed Executive Director, Finance.
23 April Wilson Fung Wing-yip was appointed Executive Director, Corporate Development.
15 January The AA officially launched two new facilities: the SkyPier, a new cross-boundary ferry terminal, and the North Satellite Concourse for narrow-bodied aircraft.
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2009  
1 December The AA announced its unaudited interim revenue of HK$4,316 million and profit attributable to equity shareholder of HK$1,307 million for the six months ended 30 September 2009, down 4.7% and 3.8% respectively as compared to the same period in 2008.
12 November AA Chairman Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung welcomed the appointments of three new members of the Board by the Chief Executive of the HKSAR. The three new members are the Honourable Chan Kam-lam, the Honourable Albert Ho Chun-yan and Mr Allan Wong Chi-yun.
14 October AA Chairman Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung welcomed the Chief Executive’s support for HKIA’s midfield development, which will provide additional aircraft stands, apron facilities and a new passenger concourse, equipping the airport for anticipated air traffic demand for up to 2020.
12 October The AA signed with Shanghai Airport Authority a cooperation agreement for the establishment of the Shanghai Hong Kong Airport Management Co., Ltd. The joint-venture company will manage several key business areas of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport for 20 years from 2010.
2 September Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah and other honourable guests officiated at the opening of the HKIA Precious Metals Depository.
24 June The AA declared a final dividend of HK$2,200 million to the HKSAR Government, for the financial year ended 31 March 2009. Turnover and profit attributable to the equity shareholder of the fiscal year were HK$8,886 million and HK$2,588 million, respectively.
27 April The AA Board announced a relief package of HK$450 million to assist airlines and other operators whose business had been adversely affected by the global economic downturn.
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2008  
25 November The AA announced its unaudited revenue of HK$4,530 million and profit attributable to equity shareholder of HK$1,358 million for the six months ended 30 September 2008.
20 October HKIA introduced 42 self-service check-in kiosks at Terminal 1 to enhance passenger flow and accommodate the worldwide trend of increasing passenger demand for self-help device.
8 October HKIA and Shenzhen International Airport (SZIA) jointly launched the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Airport Links, which enables passengers at HKIA or SZIA to check in and obtain boarding passes for connecting flights at either airport.
23 July The AA announced the appointment of Maunsell Consultants Asia Ltd as lead consultant for HKIA Master Plan 2030, a 20-year blueprint for the future development of the airport.
14 July HKIA was voted the world's best airport for the seventh time in eight years in the annual Skytrax survey, which polled more than 8.2 million travellers of over 97 nationalities.
25 June The AA announced a profit attributable to equity shareholder of HK$2,273 million for fiscal 2007/08, ended 31 March 2008. The final dividend declared to the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region increased 25% from fiscal 2006/07 to HK$2,000 million.
1 June Mr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung became Chairman of the Airport Authority.
30 April The aircraft carrying the Beijing Olympic Flame arrived at HKIA for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay in HK on 2 May.
February HKIA was named the Best Airport among airports serving over 40 million passengers annually at the Airport Services Quality Awards 2007 run by the Airports Council International (ACI).
End January Ten new cargo stands were constructed to cater for rising air cargo traffic.
15 January HKIA announced that all of its check-in counters can print integrated radio frequency identification (RFID) baggage tags, further enhancing baggage handling efficiency.
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2007  
23 November HKIA successfully completed its emergency exercise for 2007, the first full-scale simulation since the airport's operation and control functions were merged into the Integrated Airport Centre earlier in 2007.
21 November The AA announced unaudited revenue of HK$4,199 million and profit attributable to equity shareholder of HK$1,136 million for the six months ended 30 September 2007.
8 August HKIA was named the World’s Best Airport by Skytrax the sixth time in seven years. Skytrax is a London-based independent air transport research organisation.
1 June HKIA celebrated the Grand Opening of Terminal 2 and the 10th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The Hon Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the HKSAR, was among the officiating guests.
13 March HKIA was named the “World's Best Airport” among airports serving 40 million-plus passengers annually in the Airports Council International's 2006 Airport Service Quality Awards. HKIA ranked second overall in the awards.
26 February Grand Opening for HKIA Tower was held.
1 February Mr Stanley Hui became AA Chief Executive Officer.
February Terminal 2, or T2 as it is called, began phased-in opening. The existing Passenger Terminal Building was renamed as Terminal 1, T1.
11 January The first time HKIA has staged its annual crash exercise on land in the non-restricted area.
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2006  
21 December AA released the 20-year master plan, HKIA 2025.
18 December The Chinese-foreign joint venture company formed by AA and the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Co. Ltd was inaugurated in Hangzhou.
December Readers of the online magazine SmartTravel.com voted HKIA as the “Best Airport worldwide” in the Best Travel Poll 2006.
November Business Traveller named HKIA the “Best Airport in China”.
November TravelWeeklyChina gave HKIA the “Best Airport Facilities” award in its Industry Awards 2006.
29 November AA announced its first interim results.
18 November Airbus A380 operated its technical route proving flight to HKIA for the first time.
19 October AA revised the New Destination Incentive Arrangement scheme and announced a new aircraft parking charge arrangement, both effective 1 Jan 2007. Small aircraft would enjoy lower parking fee at the custom-built stands.
October HKIA was named the “Best Airport” in the TTG Travel Awards 2006. This is the fourth time in a row HKIA had been given the award.
11 September HKIA hosted the Asia Pacific's first Airport Cities Conference.
2 August AA and the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of Zhuhai Municipal People's Government formed the Hong Kong-Zhuhai Airport Management Company Limited to jointly manage Zhuhai Airport.
July Standard & Poor's assigned a rating of AA to the Airport Authority's foreign and local currency debt, with a stable outlook, the same rating as the Hong Kong SAR Government.
9 May HKIA hosted the 16th Airports Council International Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference and Exhibition.
23 March Together with government departments, Cathay Pacific Airways and other business partners, AA conducted a drill to test its preparedness for managing infectious diseases such as avian flu.
17 March AA hosted the second Air Cargo Forum, which identified ways to strengthen HKIA's position as a key supply chain integrator for Mainland China.
28 February AA hosted the HKIA 2025 Summit to garner views on the development of HKIA over the next 20 years.
January AA earmarked HK$4.5 billion for airport capacity and facility enhancement, to be implemented in phases and completed by 2010.
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2005  
December HKIA welcomed over 10,000 officials, delegates and journalists attending the World Trade Organisation Sixth Ministerial Conference.
15 November AA and Shenzhen's Shekou Port launched the world's first cross-boundary check-in service.
4 November HKIA staged its largest-ever aircraft crash exercise. Over 1200 participants from AA, airlines, government departments and other related organisations took part in the exercise.
October HKIA was named the “Best Airport” in the TTG Travel Awards 2005.
9 September The topping-out ceremony for Terminal 2 was held.
3 September The first batch of 10 management trainees joined AA under the SkyLeaders Development Programme. These fresh graduates from local and mainland universities would undergo a two-year comprehensive management training scheme.
31 August The Federation of Asia Pacific Air Cargo Associations named HKIA the “Most Friendly Airport for Cargo”.
August - September The first batch of management trainees and interns joined AA under its SkyLeaders Development Programme.
29 June AA reported a profit attributable to equity shareholder of HK$1.41 billion for 2004/05 (before restatement in 2005/06). The Board of Directors declared a dividend of HK$1 billion, payable to the HKSAR Government.
June HKIA was named the “Best Airport Worldwide” by AETRA. HKIA ranked first out of 48 airports for overall satisfaction among business and leisure travellers.
15 April AA and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Company Limited (HXIACO) signed an agreement for a 35 per cent capital increase subscription in HXIACO.
13 April HKIA was named the “World's Best Airport” by Skytrax the fifth year in a row. Skytrax is an independent aviation research institution in the United Kingdom.
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2004  
23 December Renowned cellist Trey Lee led a Christmas music performance with Canto-pop singer Joey Yung and 200 young cellists from Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
5 December The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants granted AA the Diamond Award in the Public Sector/Non-For-Profit Organisations Category in the Best Corporate Governance Disclosure Awards 2004.
November HKIA was named the “Best Airport” in the TTG Travel Awards 2004.
27 October AA and 22 leading local and international banks signed a HK$6 billion dual-tranche syndicated loan facility.
8 September AA re-introduced the New Destination Incentive Arrangement, effective immediately, to encourage airlines to operate more destinations and flights from HKIA.
27 August AA Chairman Dr Victor Fung Kwok-king welcomed the move to include the airport services sector into Phase II of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA II).
30 June Despite the outbreak of SARS, AA reported a net profit after tax of HK$386 million for the financial year 2003/04. For the first time, the Board has declared and paid a dividend of HK$380 million to the HKSAR Government.
22 April The International Air Transport Association (IATA) named HKIA the “Best Airport Worldwide”, bestowing it with a “Special Recognition Award” for leading levels of service reflected in surveys carried out before and after the SARS crisis.
13 April London-based research institution Skytrax named HKIA the “World's Best Airport” the fourth year in a row.
3 March Hong Kong SkyMart was re-launched after a HK$600 million renovation.
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2003  
27 October AA and Shanghai Airport Authority signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen exchange and co-operation between the two airports and cities.
29 September SkyPier and the related cross-boundary ferry service commenced.
23 August AA, the HKSAR Government and the consortium led by Dragages et Travaux Publics (HK) Limited entered into a joint venture agreement for the design, construction and operation of the new International Exhibition Centre (IEC) at HKIA. IEC was later formally named AsiaWorld-Expo.
10 June London-based research institution Skytrax named HKIA the “World's Best Airport” the third year in a row.
25 May AA launched the revitalisation campaign Operation SkyFit to bring travellers back to Hong Kong immediately after the lifting of the World Health Organisation's travel advisory on Hong Kong due to the outbreak of SARS. Passenger traffic at HKIA returned to pre-SARS level in November 2003.
15 May London-based air cargo trade publication Air Cargo News named HKIA the “Cargo Airport of the Year” for the second consecutive year.
20 February The Mainland coach station at Terminal 1 opened. It was relocated to the Coach Station at Terminal 2 in March 2007.
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2002  
2 December AA announced that the 15 per cent discount in aircraft landing and parking charges would remain in place until December 2003.
2 October AA and DHL International (Hong Kong) Ltd. signed a franchise agreement for the development, construction and operation of a dedicated Express Cargo Terminal (ECT) at HKIA.
October HKIA came first among large airports in the Global Airport Satisfaction Study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates.
October HKIA was named the “Best Airport” in the TTG Travel Awards 2002.
September AA hosted the Air Cargo Forum 2002 at the Exhibition and Convention Centre. The forum was organised by The International Air Cargo Association.
July AA recorded a profit of HK$236 million for 2001-02.
June The International Air Transport Association (IATA) granted HKIA an “Eagle Award” for providing value-for-money services.
June Aviation Security Co Ltd, a subsidiary of AA, received the prestigious Merit Award for Excellence from Edith Cowan University in Perth and SATS Security Services in Singapore.
May London-based research institution Skytrax named HKIA the “World's Best Airport 2002” the second consecutive year.
April AA invited Expressions of Interest from developers worldwide to build and manage Terminal 2, a new key passenger facility, transport interchange and business centre at HKIA.
March London-based cargo trade publication Air Cargo News named HKIA the “Cargo Airport of the Year 2002” and granted HKIA the “Award for Excellence for the Far East”.
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2001  
20 December AA invited tenders from leading express cargo operators to design, build and operate a dedicated express air cargo terminal on a 4.5-hectare site at HKIA.
29 October AA released the HKIA Master Plan 2020.
12 October AA announced that the current 15 per cent reduction in airport landing and parking charges would be extended for a further six months to 30 September 2002.
28 September Enhanced security measures were introduced at HKIA, under which all knives, knife-like items and bladed items were forbidden in aircraft cabins and departure lounges at HKIA.
27 July The first "Pearl River Delta (PRD) A5 Forum" meeting was held at HKIA.
11 July AA reported a consolidated net profit of HK$71 million, the first profit since airport opening in 1998.
17 June HKIA scored second place for overall passenger satisfaction among international airports having annual handling capacity of 25 million passengers or more and a very close fourth place among all airports in the IATA Global Airport Monitor 2001.
22 April British-based airline and air travel industry research company Skytrax named HKIA the "World's Best Airport 2001".
28 March Marine Cargo Terminal opened for operation.
25 March The New Destination Incentive Arrangement scheme was launched to encourage airlines to operate new destinations.
9 February AA issued a HK$2.5 billion floating rate note. Rating agency Standard & Poor's rated the authority “AA-” for local currency corporate credit rating and “A+” for foreign currency rating.
1 January Dr David J Pang became AA Chief Executive Officer.
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2000  
December AA opened four internet lounges along both sides of the food court area in the departures airside area just past Immigration Hall.
8 November Five shops with the “Cyber Zone” theme opened in the Northwest Concourse on the Departures Level of the Passenger Terminal Building.
3 November AA announced a plan to launch an incentive scheme for airlines operating flights to new destinations from HKIA.
October HKIA was voted as Asia/Pacific's leading airport by travel agents worldwide at the 7th World Travel Awards.
20 September Rating agency Standard & Poor's rated AA “A+” in corporate credit (local currency) and “A” in foreign currency.
10 August News and current affairs journal Asiaweek named “HKIA Asia's Best Airport” in its 25th anniversary edition.
6 July AA launched its new corporate logo in celebration of the second anniversary of HKIA.
30 June AA reported an 8.86 times oversubscription to the tender of a two-year notes issued under the HK$5 billion Note Issuance Programme through the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
26 June AA recorded a consolidated operating profit of HK$291 million.
June HKIA was given the “Raven Fox Award for Travel-Retail Excellence” in Asia/ Pacific.
April AA subsidiary AVSECO was given the Merit Award for aviation security by Edith Cowan University in Perth and SATS Security Services.
2 March AA launched a HK$50 million landscape beautification programme at HKIA.
February AA started the tender exercise for the Marine Cargo Terminal, to run until the end of April.
28 February 18 local and international companies lodged expressions of interest for the development of logistics centres at the airport.
20 January Passenger Terminal Northwest Concourse opened.
1 January HKIA made the rollover transition to Year 2000, having experienced no “Y2K” problem in computer systems.
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1999  
November HKIA's passenger terminal won the “1999 Structural Steel Design Award” in London.
22 September AA Chairman Dr Victor Fung Kwok-king announced three major measures for enhancing the competitive edge of HKIA: a proposed reduction in landing and parking charges for all aircraft by 15 per cent with effect from 1 January 2000, invitations for Expressions of Interest for the construction of logistics centres and a marine cargo terminal at HKIA.
31 August North Runway began round-the-clock operations.
26 May North Runway began daily operations during peak traffic period.
14 May Chief Executive of the HKSAR Government appointed new AA Board for a term of three years from 1 June 1999 to 31 May 2002. The new Board comprised Dr Victor Fung Kwok-king as its Chairman and 12 other members.
May HKIA was given the “Raven Fox Award for Travel-Retail Excellence in Asia/ Pacific”.
2 and 6 April HKIA handled its highest number of single-day flight movements since opening. There were 123 additional flights on 2 and 6 April, bringing the total number of movements on both days to 560. The airport handled an average of 440 to 460 flights a day.
March HKIA's Passenger Terminal Building was awarded the “Silver Medal” by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.
March The Airport Core Programme was recognised by the Construction Industry Manufacturers Association as one of the top 10 construction achievements of the 20th century.
March HKIA won the “Critics' Choice Award” of America's Travel & Leisure magazine.
21 February More than 117,000 passengers passed through HKIA, setting a new record for the single-day passenger throughput since opening.
19 January OAG Worldwide granted the “Journalist's Choice Award” to HKIA.
18 January Regal Airport Hotel soft-opened with 385 rooms.
10 January The second opinion survey commissioned by AA showed that 92.6% of airport users were satisfied with the services and facilities at HKIA, and more than one in three people gave the top marks.
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1998  
27 December HKIA set a record of serving over 100,000 passengers in one day, the highest daily figure since opening.
25 November The HKSAR Government announced the extension of the membership of the AA Board for six months until 31 May 1999. AA also announced the appointment of Mr Billy Lam as Chief Executive Officer on an acting basis with effect from 1 December.
6 September According to an opinion survey commissioned by AA, 88% of airport users were satisfied with the services and facilities at HKIA. Ratings in general cleanliness, lighting and queuing time at Immigration and Customs were particularly outstanding.
6 July HKIA commenced operation. The first flight landed was Cathay Pacific CX889 from New York, which touched down at 0627. The first departing flight was CX907 for Manila, which left HKIA at 0719.
5 July The airport was relocated from Kai Tak to Chek Lap Kok over the night.
2 July President Jiang Zemin officiated the opening of HKIA.
22 June Tung Chung MTR station and franchised bus routes to Chek Lap Kok commenced operation.
21 June Opening ceremony of Airport Express and Tung Chung MTR lines was held.
2 May At the fourth airport trial, the first commercial airliner landing at the new airport was made by a Cathay Pacific 747. The Automated People Mover system was used for the first time.
28 March AA staged the third operational readiness trial in the Passenger Terminal Building with the help of over 1200 volunteers.
15 February The second operational readiness trial in the Passenger Terminal Building was conducted, involving more than 1000 volunteers.
23 January The HKSAR Government gazetted the AA Scheme of Airport Charges for the new Hong Kong International Airport.
18 January The first operational readiness trial was conducted, with more than 500 volunteer “passengers” and 950 AA staff, government departments and airlines taking part in the trial.
13 January The HKSAR Government announced that the new airport would open for operation on July 6 1998 and would be known as Hong Kong International Airport.
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1997  
31 December AA announced the establishment of a subsidiary company, the Aviation Security Company Limited (AVSECO), to provide aviation security services at the new airport.
26 September AA awarded the HK$904m contract for the Northwest Concourse Superstructure and Apron Works.
19 September AA concluded a HK$4 billion syndicated revolving loan with 32 financial institutions.
20 February A twin-engine Government Flying Service aircraft made the first landing at the new airport at Chek Lap Kok.
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1996  
30 May The Airport Committee of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group signed an agreement to allow early development of a second (northern) runway and associated facilities at the new airport.
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1995  
1 December The Airport Authority Ordinance came into effect. Government advances of HK$36.6 billion were converted into equity. AA and the Government signed the Financial Support Agreement and the Land Grant.
8 November Provisional Airport Authority (PAA) signed an underwriting agreement with a group of 11 banks for the arrangement of a HK$8.2 billion syndicated loan facility. The facility met a substantial part of AA's projected maximum borrowing requirement of HK$11.6 billion in respect of costs in completing the first phase of the new airport.
25 October The Board of the Provisional Airport Authority agreed to lease a 3.3-hectare site to Cathay Pacific for property development for a period of 50 years. Cathay Pacific would earmark HK$3.5 billion for the construction of its new headquarters.
19 July The Legislative Council passed the Airport Authority Bill which endorsed the establishment of the permanent Airport Authority.
30 June The Airport Committee of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group reached an agreement on the terms of the Financial Support Agreement for AA and on the air cargo franchises.
16 June Reclamation and excavation to create the 1,255-hectare airport platform was completed.
25 April Award of the HK$2.61 billion airfield works contract, which included the construction of the first (i.e. southern) runway, taxiways and aprons.
28 January Award of the HK$10.1 billion contract for the passenger terminal building structure - the largest contract awarded for the entire Airport Core Programme. Award of the HK$1.88 billion contract for the building services within the passenger terminal building.
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1994  
17 November The Sino-British Land Commission reached agreement on arrangements for granting the land required for the new airport at Chek Lap Kok.
4 November The Airport Committee of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group signed the Agreed Minute on the financing of new airport and airport railway.
30 May Award of the HK$465 million contract for the passenger terminal building foundations.
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1993  
21 December Work on site formation reached the island of Lam Chau.
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1992  
30 November Award of the HK$9.04 billion site preparation contract, which encompassed the formation of the 1,248-hectare platform.
2 March Award of the HK$536 million terminal building design contract. Publication of the New Airport Master Plan.
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1991  
3 September The governments of the United Kingdom and the People's Republic of China signed the memorandum of understanding giving their firm support to the airport project and the rest of the Airport Core Programme.
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1990  
4 Apri The Provisional Airport Authority was established under the Provisional Airport Authority Ordinance with a mandate to plan, design and construct Hong Kong's new airport.
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1989  
11 October The plan to construct a new airport at Chek Lap Kok was announced by the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir David Wilson, as a part of an overall port and airport development strategy.
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