Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport, or the Hong Kong Airport, was established for commercial use in 1998, and is the heart of the transportation industry to East Asia, Southeast Asia and to the mainland of China. The Hong Kong Airport is operational twenty-four hours a day, and ranked fifth amongst the busiest commercial airports in the world. Even though the airport in Hong Kong has not been in existence for very long, it has already raked in many awards for its professional service and passenger facilities. Awards received include the ‘Best Airport’ award that is known and recognized internationally. The Hong Kong International Airport is busy every day, with passengers, air and cargo traffic. On average, the airport in Hong Kong assists almost 750 planes land and take off in a day. At present, the passenger traffic in a year is approximately 40.7 million, with cargo traffic averaging 3.4 million tons annually.
There are just over eighty airlines that operate to and from the Hong Kong Airport and include airlines such as Dragonair, Hong Kong Express, Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Air India, British Airways, Air China, Emirates, Air Mauritius, Finnair, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, South African Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand, Gulf Air, Jetstar Asia and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The Hong Kong Airport can therefore connect its passengers to about 140 different locations around the world. There are eighteen cargo carriers that operate from this airport. The Hong Kong International Airport has two asphalt runways that are used for take offs and landings. Both runways are 3 800 meters in length.
The Hong Kong Airport operates from two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. They are both extravagantly impressive in size and their bathrooms and facilities are always clean and hygienic. If the size alone does not impress you, then the passenger facilities that are located in each terminal definitely will. In Terminal 1, you will find the Hong Kong Skymart. This area has facilities that include arts & crafts stores, audio and visual electronic equipment stores, clothing and sport shops, telecommunication services, jewelry stores, watch shops, eyewear shops, florists, convenience stores, toy stores, photo shops, evening wear boutiques, restaurants, bakeries, fast food outlets, coffee shops, bars, foreign exchange services, ATM’s and banking facilities. Terminal 2 has basically the same facilities as Terminal 1 does, and is called the Hong Kong SkyPlaza. Over and above the facilities already mentioned, the Hong Kong SkyPlaza also has an aviation discovery center, movie theatres, I-Sport, Asia Hollywood, pharmacies, beauty salons and tobacco stores.
Transportation to and from the Hong Kong International Airport is serviced by tour coaches, buses, taxis, limousines, trains, ferry or car rental services. All these mentioned transportation modes are located in the Ground Transportation Centre.