Hong Kong — Airports
Hong Kong International Airport
Known as Chek Lap Kok Airport for the island on which it’s built, the fairly new Hong Kong International Airport is an important trans-shipment hub, as well as gateway to mainland China and Asia in general for many arrivals. Its annual passenger throughput exceeds 53 million and its Terminal 1 is one of the largest in the world. A primary hub for Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, and Dragonair, it’s also a focus destination for several airlines and a stopover hub for Air India, Virgin Atlantic, and United Airlines.
The complex serves 90 worldwide airlines which offer flights to over 150 cities across the globe including most capitals, such as London, New York, Moscow, Beijing, and Tokyo. Cathay Pacific offers flights to New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, as well as London Heathrow. Singapore Airlines flies to San Francisco and United runs direct routes to Chicago. All major Australian cites are served by Qantas and Virgin, and Canadian routes are offered by Air Canada and Cathay Pacific to Vancouver and Toronto. British Airways provides flights to London Heathrow.
The massive terminals are ultra-modern and provide excellent traveler facilities. Moving walkways, a people-mover with three stations, and clear signage take the hassle out of travel. Terminal 1 is the hub for all passengers to Hong Kong, with Terminal 2 acting as a check-in point for departures, which are then transported by people-movers to the main terminal. A hotel with full business facilities is found on the complex and banks, currency exchanges, and ATMs are located in the main terminal. Internet access is available, along with assistance for the disabled and families, and car rental and parking is offered.
Terminal 1 has a huge shopping, dining, and entertainment area, selling electronics, fashions, duty-free, tobacco, alcohol, evening wear, lingerie, and much more. Eateries include Western and Chinese restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Terminal 2 has even more to offer, with a full mall featuring Asian, Western, and fast food restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and bars. Shopping features designer fashion, accessories, electronics, perfume, cosmetics, jewelry, watches, children’s wear, and toys. Transportation from the Hong Kong Airport is by subway, overland Airport Express train, ferry, taxi, hotel shuttle, limo, coach or public bus line.