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Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Open 24 hours a day, the Hong Kong International Airport is among the largest in the world. It employs an estimated 60,000 people and is one of the largest employers in Hong Kong. Here you'll find over 90 airlines operating daily and flights to and from 150 cities around the world.
Over 53 million travellers visited this airport in 2011. Thus, it is the 10th busiest airport in the world. It's the primary hub for Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways, Air Hong Kong and Cathay Pacific.
The island on which Hong Kong International Airport is located was constructed for the purpose in the 1990s. Prior to its development, the Kai Tak Airport (the colloquial name of the former Hong Kong International Airport) was positioned in the overcrowded Kowloon City District and had only one runway. Expansion was nearly impossible and, as air traffic was continuously expanding as Hong Kong developed a more prominent international presence, the Airport Core Programme included in its efforts the construction of a more modern, expandable airport.
The opening in 1998 just missed the official handover of sovereignty from Great Britain to the People's Republic of China but, even completion by that date represented an incredible feat of construction for such a project. The rush of the construction led to some technical problems as the airport tried to quickly get up to speed with current computer and technological standards. But, within six months, the bugs were eliminated and further expansion and the addition of Terminal Two saw no similar issues.
Amenities and Services
You will find a very long list of amenities available at Hong Kong International Airport.
* Three connected hotels
* Dozens of shops at each terminal
* Duty-free stores
* Banking, ATM and Currency Exchange services
* Coffee shops, fast food and fine dining throughout the terminals
* Entertainment venues including a golf course, iSports and an IMAX theater
Parking and Transportation
Hong Kong International Airport offers three parking garages. One of the three is available for long-term parking. Short-term parking is available at all locations. Rates for long-term parking begin at 144 Hong Kong Dollars daily. Short-term parking is 8 Hong Kong Dollars per hour.
The airport is easily accessed by car, taxi, bus and rapid transit. Current information on travel times and routes is updated frequently at http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/transport/to-from-airport/index.html.
Hong Kong is a territory of East and West, old and new. The juxtaposition of these opposites helps to create a place of constant change and interest. You'll find fabulous cuisine, architecture and scenery here. With an ancient past and a thriving future, Hong Kong is not a city that sleeps. Something is always happening here. Whether you're interested in music, art, film, sports, or nightlife; you will find yourself surrounded by incredible choices.
As one of the largest and busiest airports in the world, Hong Kong International Airport must maintain strict security. One of the most frequent complaints is the length of time and unfriendliness of the security process. Keep this in mind when travelling through this airport and make sure to allow extra time.
Airport Authority Building,
1 Cheong Yip Road,
Hong Kong International Airport,
Number of Terminals: 1
Telephone: +852 2181 8888
Fax: 2824 0717
Time Zone: GMT + 8
Location: The airport is located 34km (21 miles) northwest of Hong Kong Island on Chek Lap Kok Island.
IATA Airport Code: HKG