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Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG), is a major commercial airport serving Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta. The airport is also known as Chek Lap Kok Airport, where it takes its name from the island it's built on; the Isle of Chek Lap Kok.

Since opening in 1998, the airport has been an important regional trans-shipment centre, passenger hub and gateway for destinations in Mainland China (with 45 destinations) and the rest of Asia. The airport is the world's busiest cargo gateway and one of the world's busiest passenger airports. It is also home to one of the world's largest passenger terminal buildings and was the largest when it opened.

Hong Kong International Airport is the primary hub for four passenger service airlines: Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong express—as well as a hub to 12 airlines offering cargos services. The airport acts as a focus city for low-cost carriers China Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air India and Emirates.

The airport operates 24 hours a day with a 65,000 around employees. More than 100 airlines operate flights from the airport to over 180 cities around the world. In 2015, Hong Kong International Airport handled 68.5 million passengers, making it the 8th busiest airport worldwide by passenger traffic. Since 2010, it exceeded Memphis International Airport to become the world's busiest airport by cargo traffic.

Airport Location

The airport is located 20 miles (32.2 km) West of Hong Kong:


Hong Kong International Airport has outstanding services on offer to meet all its passenger’s shopping, dining and service needs.

Facilities Include:

  • Nursing Rooms
  • Prayer Rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Banks, ATM’s, and currency exchange
  • Shower Facilities
  • Smoking Lounges
  • Caring Corner
  • Wheelchair Assistance

Lounges Include:

  • Centurion Lounge: amenities include TV, food and drinks, WiFi, showers, wine, spirits and liquor, newspapers and magazines.
  • Plaza Premium First Lounge: One of the airport’s premium first lounge service lounges offers food, hot and cold drinks, TV, WiFi, Showers, Newspapers, Magazines, Spa and Massage.
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (Arrivals): This terminal 2 lounge is for arrivals offering food and drinks, WiFi, showers. Private rooms and spa services available, for an additional fee
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (East Hall): amenities include food and drinks, newspaper and magazines, TV, WiFi, seated massage, power outlets, and shower facilities.
  • Plaza Premium Lounge (West Hall) offers a good range of amenities: a hot shower, food and drinks, comfortable seating, WiFi, Newspapers and Magazines. Spa services and private rooms are available for an additional fee.
  • Qantas Club: facilities include alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, showers, WiFi, Apple computers, magazines and newspapers.
  • United Club offers WiFi accessibility, snacks, hot and cold beverages as well as a selection of beer, wine and spirits.

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Hong Kong International Airport has two runways, which both run parallel and aligned. The 07L/25R runway is located to the north of the terminal whereas the 07R/25L runway is located to the south of it.

  • Departures: 07R/25L
  • Arrivals: 07L/25R


The airport hosts two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, where all passengers check-in and claim bags.

Terminal 1
Terminal 1 is located west to Terminal 2 which are both located east side of the airport. This terminal is the third largest airport passenger terminal building in the world. Terminal 1 offers counter check-in as well as self-check-in.

Terminal 2
Terminal 2 is only a check-in and processing facility for departing passengers with no gates or arrival facilities (passengers are transported underground to gates at Terminal 1). However, most low-cost carriers and some full-service airlines have relocated their check-in operations to Terminal 2. Terminal 2 also hosts SkyPlaza which is a large entertainment and retail centre.

Airlines that fly to Hong Kong International Airport

The following airlines are Hong Kong International Airport's Hub airlines:

  • Cathay Pacific
  • Cathay Dragon
  • Hong Kong Airlines
  • Hong Kong Express

The following airlines fly to Hong Kong International Airport:
Aeroflot, AirAsia, Air Astana, Air Busan, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Air Niugini, Air Seoul, Air Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Druk Air, Eastar Jet, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Aznis Airways, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express, IndiGo, Japan Airlines, Jeju Air, Jetstar Asia Airways, Jetstar Japan, Jetstar Pacific Airlines, Jin Air, Juneyao Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Lanmei Airlines Phnom Penh, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Mandarin Airlines, MIAT Mongolian Airlines, Myanmar National Airlines, Nepal Airlines, Peach Aviation, Philippine Airlines, Philippines AirAsia, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Scoot, Shandong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SpiceJet, Spring Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Thai Smile.

How to get to Hong Kong International Airport

By Taxi

Taxis offer a door to door service to and from the Hong Kong International Airport. Arriving passengers can grab a taxi at the Taxi Station, located near the left-hand ramp outside the Arrivals Hall. Between the airport and the city, in a taxi, it takes 38 minutes. Taxis are colour-coded according to their operated areas. Red taxis operate in most Hong Kong areas, Green taxis mainly operate in the north-western part of the new territories and Blue taxis only operate in Lantau Island and Chek Lap Kok.

By Bus

Hong Kong International Airport is well served by public bus routes. The buses provide a convenient and relatively inexpensive transport option. Between the airport and the city centre, it takes around 41 minutes.

By Airport Express Rail

Airport Express is the fastest service between the airport to and the city and it takes just 24 minutes. The rail service can be used to all major cities around Hong Kong.

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