Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is located less than five flying hours from half of the world's population. We are the world's busiest cargo gateway and one of the world's busiest passenger airports.
In 2012, 56.5 million passengers used HKIA and 4.03 million tonnes of air cargo passed through Hong Kong. HKIA is connected to about 180 destinations, including 48 in the Mainland, through about 1,000 daily flights by more than 100 airlines.
Since we commenced operations in July 1998, we adhere to four principles – Safety, Operational Efficiency, Customer Convenience and Environment. This commitment has earned us the recognition as the world's best airport over 50 times.
HKIA is a two-terminal and two-runway facility generating enormous social and economic value for Hong Kong. The 65,000-strong airport community serves as the key contributor to Hong Kong's position as a leading international and regional aviation centre.
Multi-modal Mainland connections
HKIA is a gateway of China. To serve growing demand, we will continue to strengthen our integrated, multi-modal transport network with the Mainland, especially the PRD.
Every day, cross-boundary coaches carry passengers on about 550 scheduled trips linking HKIA with over 110 PRD cities and towns. Passengers looking for point-to-point transport services can use the cross-boundary limousine to get to your PRD destinations directly.
The SkyPier cross-boundary ferry service connects passengers between the PRD and international destinations via HKIA, in comfort and without going through immigration and customs formalities in Hong Kong.
Eight ports – Shekou and Fuyong in Shenzhen, Guangzhou Nansha, Dongguan Humen, Zhongshan, Zhuhai Jiuzhou as well as Macao's Maritime Ferry Terminal and Taipa – currently offer these speedy cross-boundary arrangements. Passengers can even pre-check their baggage and obtain their boarding pass at Shekou, Macao Maritime Ferry Terminal, Macao Taipa, Fuyong and Dongguan Humen.
Building a better airport
A HK$50 billion investment, HKIA has been one of the largest engineering and architectural projects in the world. Over time, the airport has come to serve more and more planes every day. To meet the traffic growth for the medium term, we are investing over $12 billion in the development of Midfield and West Apron.
To expand aviation support services and air cargo handling facilities, the franchise for a new air cargo terminal was awarded in early 2008. The new air cargo terminal will start operations in 2013.
To meet HKIA's long-term growth demand, we carried out a consultation exercise in 2011 to gauge public opinion on HKIA's future development. Findings of the consultation revealed that over 70% of respondents supported the proposal to expand HKIA into a three-runway system. We subsequently submitted our recommendations to the Government to adopt, for planning purposes, the three-runway option as the future development direction for HKIA. In March 2012, the Government approved these recommendations in principle. A dedicated website has been launched to provide updated information about the expansion of HKIA into a three-runway system. For details, please visit www.threerunwaysystem.com.
*A brief history of Kai Tak Airport can be found here.