Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), also colloquially known as Chek Lap Kok Airport, is the main airport in Hong Kong, a gateway to China, and home to one of the largest passenger terminal buildings in the world. One of the reasons is its location, which is less than five flying hours from half of the world’s population. Due to this, it’s also the world’s busiest cargo gateway and one of the busiest passenger airports. HKIA generates a massive social and economic value as a result.
Located on the Chek Lap Kok Island, HKIA has two terminals and two parallel railways. It is operated by the Airport Authority Hong Kong 24 hours a day. It is the main hub for Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways, and Air Hong Kong (cargo carrier); and also serves as a focus city for several airlines including China Airlines (Taiwan), China Eastern Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Air India. The airport has a total of 66 boarding gates, with 66 jet bridge gates (1-4, 15-71, 501-510) and seven virtual gates (511-513, 521-524) used as assembly points for passengers, who are then ferried to the aircraft by apron buses.
HKIA ensures that your flight experience is worry-free, comfortable, and enjoyable. Whether you’re arriving to or departing from Hong Kong, HKIA provides you with all the necessary information and services that you need.
A round-the-clock check-in is provided by the airport at both terminals. Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2) are linked by a central access way and covered walkways at either end within two-minute walking distance from each other. There are shuttle buses that offer free rides to passengers boarding at gates 501-510 from T1 to North Satellite Concourse. HKIA offers in-terminal transports via Automated People Mover (APM), which takes passengers from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 and between Terminal 1 and SkyPier. There’s also a fleet of 14 electric vehicles in the Arrivals and Departures Levels restricted area that can take you to and from the aircraft gates at a reasonable fee. Passengers are reminded that immigration counters and security channels at T2 open between 06:00 a.m. and 02:00 p.m. daily.
Services and Facilities
Hong Kong International Airport provides all its guests and passengers, including those with special needs, with top-notch services. Do you want to surf the Internet inside the airport? Enjoy free Wi-Fi access within the passenger terminals without any registration required. Relax at the Plaza Premium Lounge, VIP Lounge, or Resting Lounge. Or maybe take a walk on the miniature gardens. For your health and medical needs, the Airport Medical Centre is open 24 hours daily to serve you. HKIA also offers fully equipped nursing rooms in both terminals. The airport also has areas dedicated for praying, currency exchange and banking, public phones, smoking, lost & found services, police assistance, and more. For all your inquiries and other concerns, you can simply approach Airport Ambassadors stationed at several locations throughout the terminals. There are also customer service centres dedicated to offering assistance to departing, transit, and arriving passengers regarding the locations of airport facilities. You can also obtain maps and other useful information here, which is located in several areas in the airport. If you want to stay in a hotel nearby, you can make a reservation on The Regal Airport Hotel, which is connected to Terminal 1
With its massive space, there’s definitely no shortage of places to unwind, eat, and shop in HKIA. Each terminal has its own shopping, dining, and entertainment areas. SkyPier has a wide variety of shops, boutiques, and even offers financial services within the pier.
Besides these world-class airport services and facilities, HKIA also features several attractions including Bruce Lee: Kung Fu‧Art‧Life, which displays memorabilia items; the "Childhood Memories" exhibition, which showcases more than 20 sets of toys selected from local museums; "The Gem of Lantau's Nature" exhibition, which displays exotic flora and fauna on Lantau Island; the "New Life @ Heritage" exhibition, which relives six Hong Kong historical buildings with miniature models and photos; and the “Theatre Art of Cantonese Opera” exhibition, which depicts the art of traditional Cantonese Opera.