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Kai Tak International Airport

Kai Tak International Airport was the international airport in Hong Kong.

About Kai Tak International Airport

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Kai Tak International Airport (IATA: HKG) officially known as Hong Kong International Airport was an international airport of Hong Kong from 1925 until 1998. When it was closed and was replaced by a new one at Chek Lap Kok, 19 miles (30 km) to the west. The airport was located in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

With so many skyscrapers and mountains located to the north and its only runway overhanging out into Victoria Harbour, landings at the airport were dramatic to experience and difficult for pilots. The History Channel's program 'Most Extreme Airports' ranked the airport sixth most dangerous airports in the world. The airport was home to Hong Kong's international carrier Cathay Pacific, as well as Cathay Dragon.

The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal was opened on the edge of the old runway in June 2013. In the same year, two public housing estates also opened on the northeast area of the site, offering over 13,000 new rental flats. A small park and new hospital (Women's and Children Hospital) have also opened in 2018.  In 2019, two new Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations, Kai Tak and Sung Wong Toi, have plans to open on lands of the former airport. 

Kai Tak Airport had a range of services and facilities to offer comfort and ease for its travellers. In total, the airport had eight gates and has many shops and food and beverage locations throughout the terminals in the airport.

 

Runways

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Kai Tak International airport had one runway. 

 

Direction Length (ft) Length (m) Surface
13/31 3,390 11,122 Asphalt

Terminals

 

Main Terminal

The Kai Tak airport consisted of a linear passenger terminal building with a car park at the rear. There were also eight boarding gates at to the terminal building.

 

Airlines that flew to Kai Tak International Airport

The following table has all the airlines that flew passenger services from Kai Tak International Airport:

 

Aeroflot Air Canada Air China Air France
Air India Air Mauritius Air New Zealand Air Niugini
All Nippon Airways Alitalia Ansett Australia Asiana Airlines
British Airways British Caledonian British Overseas Airways Corporation CAAC Airlines
Canadian Airlines  Canadian Pacific Air Lines Cathay Pacific China Airlines
China Eastern Airlines China Northern Airlines China Northwest Airlines China Southern Airlines
China Southwest Airlines Continental Micronesia Delta Dragonair
El Al Emirates Eva Air Grand Air
Garuda Indonesia Gulf Air Hong Kong Airways  Imperial Airways 
Imperial Japanese Airways Japan Airlines Japan Asia Airlines Kampuchea Airlines
KLM Korean Air Lauda Air Lufthansa
Malaysia Airlines Malaysia-Singapore Airlines Mandarin Airlines Martin Air
Nauru Airlines Northwest Airlines Pan America World Airways Philippine Airlines
Pakistan International Airlines Qantas Qatar Airways Royal Air Cambodge 
Royal Brunei Airlines Royal Nepal Airlines Scandinavian Airlines Shanghai Airlines
Singapore Airlines South African Airways Swissair Transaero
Thai Airways United Airlines Varig Vietnam Airlines
Virgin Atlantic XiamenAir    

 

Kai Tak International Airport airline hub base

The following airlines were based at Kai Tak International Airport:

 

Cathay Pacific Cathay Dragon Air Hong Kong Air Hong Kong Airways
British Asia Airways