Hong Kong's location made it the main gateway to China
as well as much of East Asia. Therefore, its international air service
is excellent and competition keeps the fares relatively low compared
to neighboring countries.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
As one of the most important hubs for international passenger
and cargo flow, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is a great
asset to Hong Kong. The success in keeping the flow fluent and
reliable and in providing a high-quality service to airport customers
has won the airport many prestigious awards.
The latest accolades HKIA has received include the Best Airport
Worldwide as chosen by both business and leisure travellers, according
to the results of the authoritative AETRA survey announced in March
2005. HKIA has received the prestigious 'Airport of the Year 2005'
title awarded by SkyTrax for the fifth consecutive year. These and
other accolades reinforce Hong Kong's official branding as 'a dynamic
physical and cultural hub with world-class infrastructure.
As the world's fifth busiest international passenger airport
and most active worldwide air cargo operation, HKIA sees an average of
more than 650 aircraft take off and land every day. Near 60 scheduled
passenger carriers and 15 all-cargo operators link Hong Kong with more
than 140 locations round the world.
An extensive air network and Hong Kong's strategic location
positions HKIA as Asia's 'Superhub' and a gateway of China. With
regular flights to about 40 destinations in mainland China, HKIA
becomes the airport of choice for international travellers to and from
the Mainland while meeting the ever-growing travel and cargo needs of
the rapidly-expanding Pearl River Delta (PRD) region.Special
facilities and processes make HKIA easily accessible to the PRD's
population of 48 million, as well as to the fledgling air travel
market offered by the mainland in general. Creating fast, hassle-free
surface connectivity between the PRD and HKIA is an ongoing priority
for the airport, which has co-operated with transport providers
locally and across the border to establish user-friendly land and sea
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The SkyPier service in particular enables passengers from the
PRD to journey to HKIA by high-speed cross-boundary ferries.
Travellers arriving SkyPier then proceed to the passenger terminal by
bonded buses for their flights without having to go through
immigration and customs formalities. This has cut travel times from
some PRD ports by half.
In addition to cross-boundary ferry service, some 200 coach
trips are made every day by five bus companies to link HKIA with 40
towns and cities in the PRD. Calling at smaller towns to optimise each
route, the coaches - which pass through border immigration and customs
checks - carried a total of 1.2 million passengers in 2004.
Cargo throughput for 2004 topped 3.1 million tonnes, continuing
on the growth curve with a 25.2 per cent increase over 2002, and a
17.4 per cent increase as compared to 2003. Planning is under way to
ensure HKIA is well equipped to meet demand into the future.
As a contributor to Hong Kong's prosperity, HKIA is much more
than a launch-pad for international travel - a diverse range of
enterprises employing 50,000 people has transformed the airport into a
'mini-economy' in its own right. Prime examples of major companies
based at the airport include the two Hong Kong home-carriers Cathay
Pacific Airways and Dragonair (Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited).
HKIA is also home to a number of aviation logistics companies
such as cargo operators Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) and Hong Kong
Air Cargo Terminals Limited (HACTL) plus express freight carrier DHL -
all of which have been expanding their operations at HKIA. Other
related industries at HKIA include cleaning contractors, aircraft
maintenance companies, catering firms and ramp-handling operators, as
well as the huge retail presence in the passenger terminal.
Over 37 million passengers passed through the airport in 2004,
helping HKIA's SkyMart to flourish into a shoppers' paradise with 160
outlets and 40 eateries over more than 39,000 square metres. In fact,
HKIA was named 'Best Airport - Dining Facilities' by the Skytrax
international survey, which awarded the overall 'Airport of the Year
2004' title after polling five-million international air travellers.
A great deal of effort and attention to customer feedback has
gone into making sure the 'HKIA experience' is increasingly pleasant,
easy, safe and efficient. For example, continuous improvement measures
mean 90% of passengers now wait less than 15 minutes at check-in
areas, the last bags arrives in the reclaim hall within 40 minutes.
The passenger terminal has been designed to provide calm,
clarity and convenience and offers a wide range of useful and relaxing
facilities including rest lounges, a proliferation of TV screens
carrying news and entertainment, free and pay-Internet lounges and a
children's play area. In addition, travellers with Wi-Fi enabled
laptops can enjoy high-speed Internet access almost anywhere airside
without wires and phone-sockets. The airport terminal is also well
designed to accommodate the Airbus 380, the world's largest commercial
plane, due to begin test flights in 2005. HKIA also maintains some of
the world's highest standards in security and safety, which is
quintessential to provide a peace of mind for passengers passing
through the airport.
Looking to the future development of the airport, the
construction of SkyPlaza next to the present passenger terminal will
serve as a focal point for HKIA's air, sea and surface traffic flows.
The SkyPlaza is part of the larger development called SkyCity which
will also include the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition centre, the second
hotel project, a 9-hole golf course as well as the permanent
cross-boundary ferry terminal.
With management focused on the core values of safety, security,
operational efficiency and service excellence - and with 10 key
expansion projects already planned for implementation - the scene is
set for growth and an even greater strategic role in the region's
future for HKIA, the pride of Hong Kong.
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