Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) achieved a record-setting 2017/18, reaching new heights in passenger volume, cargo throughput and flight movements. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the airport community for their unwavering commitment to deliver the highest service standards – notably the swift recovery of airport operations following several intense typhoons. It is during these challenging moments that we showcase HKIA as one of the most efficient airports in the world.
This year is the 20th anniversary of HKIA and it coincides with the completion of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. These new transport links will greatly enhance Hong Kong’s connectivity with the Greater Bay Area (GBA). By leveraging HKIA’s global reach to over 220 destinations, we are well positioned to serve as the hub airport of the GBA to the world.
We have formulated a strategy to turn HKIA from a “city airport” to an “Airport City”. This includes the construction of the Three-runway System, which will enable HKIA to meet the region’s growing demand and will handle 100 million passengers and nine million tonnes of cargo a year by 2030. SKYCITY will be the largest commercial development in Hong Kong when completed in 2023, providing entertainment, retail and dining facilities, as well as hotels and offices.
Apart from building the necessary infrastructure, we must also build a workforce to operate it to the highest standard. We started the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy in April 2017, which provides vocational training courses for school leavers as well as specialised programmes for in-service practitioners. Over 100 courses have been delivered for 5,500 students in its first year of operation. We will also continue to improve the working environment at HKIA and provide additional amenities for airport staff, including a community centre, a multi-purpose sports hall, staff canteen and a new campus for the Airport Preschool. We hope to make the airport staff feel engaged and satisfied, and proud to be part of HKIA.
We will continue to work with our business partners across the airport community to maintain HKIA’s excellence in the years to come.