Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport or locally known as Chek Lap Kok Airport is the primary airport in Hong Kong. The airport is constructed on the reclaimed Chek Lap Kok island, hence the name, replacing the old Kai Tak Airport.
The airport manages one of the largest terminal buildings in the world and the 10th busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic serving over 53 million passengers in 2011.
Chek Lap Kok Airport serves as the main hub for several airlines namely Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Dragonair, and Air Hong Kong Cargo. The airport has two main terminals with 70 boarding gates, 63 of those are jet bridges and 7 virtual bridges, which ferries passengers via apron buses.
There are several lounges available to passengers to rest and relax. Pay-in lounges provide passengers with an all day food and beverage buffet, showers, internet access, television, magazines, newspapers and massages. There are also other airline lounges that cater to the needs of their own passengers.
- The Travelers’ Lounge East: Terminal 1, Level 6, Departures Hall East Hall near Gate 1. Operating hours: Open 24 hours. HKD 380 for 2 hours
- The Travelers’ Lounge West: Terminal 1, Level 6, Departures Hall West Hall near Gate 35. Operating hours: Open 24 hours. HKD 400 for 2 hours
- Plaza Premium Arrival Lounge: Terminal 2, Level 3. Operating hours: Open 24 hours. HKD 400 for 2 hours
- Plaza Shower and Relaxation Lounge: Terminal 1, Level 7 after Gate 60. Operating hours: Open 24 hours. HKD 280 for 2 hours
- United Red Carpet Club Lounge: West Concourse, Level 7 before Gate 61. Operating hours: 7:00 am to 9:30 pm. USD 50 for a day pass
Airport WiFi and Internet
- Free wireless internet access at most public areas of passenger terminals
- The Connect Zone has a pay-per-use internet service. Departures Hall near Gate 24.
Services and Facilities
Hong Kong International Airport also cater to the needs of passengers who need to withdraw money or have pending bank transactions that needs to be completed. There are several banks that operate in the airport and some have ATMs situated in convenient sports around the terminal buildings. Customer Service Centers are also scattered throughout the terminal buildings to help passengers address their needs.
Other services found at the airport are health and medical services, prayer rooms, public phones, internet and business facilities, children’s play area, charging docks, post offices, and nursing rooms. These facilities improve the comfort levels and safety of the passengers that travel through Hong Kong International.
- Regal Airport Hotel: 9 Cheong Tat Road connected to Terminal 1 by an air-conditioned walkway. Operating hours: 24 hours
- Sky City Marriot Hotel: 1 Sky City Road East along the waterfront to the east of the terminals. Operating hours: 24 hours
- Novotel Citygate Honk Kong: 51 Man Tung Road Tung Chung, Hong Kong about five minutes from the airport. Operating hours: 24 hours
Banks and ATMs Terminal 1
- ANZ ATMs (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited): Departures Check-in Hall Level 7, Arrivals Meeters and Greeters Hall, Level 5
- Bank of China: Depatures Check-in Hall, Level 7. ATMs: Buffer Hall A Level 5, Buffer Hall B Level 5
- Citibank ATMs: Departures East Hall Level 6, Arrivals Meeters and Greeters Hall Level 5
- HSBC: Arrivals Meeters and Greeters Hall Level 5, Departures Check-in Hall Level 7
- Standard Chartered: Arrivals Pre-Immigration Hall Level 5
- Travelex: Departures West Hall Level 6, Arrivals West Hall Level 5, Departures Check-in Hall Level 7, Arrivals Meeters and Greeters Hall Level 5, Departures East Hall Level 6, Arrivals Pre-Immigration Hall Level 5, North Satellite Concourse Level 5, North Satellite Concourse, Level 4
Banks and ATMs Terminal 2
- Bank of China: Level 3. Operating hours: Open 24 hours
- HSBC: Level 6
- Travelex: Level 3 and Level 5
Health and Medical Services
- The Airport Medical Center: Terminal 1 Room 6T004 and 6T009. Operating hours: 7:00 am to 12:00 am
There are also many entertainment options for passengers who are waiting for their flights. There is the IMAX Theater, golf course, and i-Sports. Passengers also have several shopping and dining options to choose from. Duty free shops, gadget shops, and apparel retails stores are available in the different passenger terminals of Hong Kong International Airport.
- UA IMAX Theatre @Airport: Terminal 2 Level 6. Operating Hours: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
- I-Sports: Terminal 2 Level 6. Operating Hours: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
- Sky City Nine Eagles Golf Course: 20 Sky City Road East
Food and Dining
- Panopolis: Food Junction Departures West Hall Level 6. Operating Hours: 7:00 am to 11:30 pm
- Delifrance: Arrivals Meeters and Greeters Hall Level 5. Operating Hours: 5:30 am to 11:00 pm
- McDonalds: Terminal 1 Departures East Hall Level 7. Operating Hours: Open 24 hours
- Toasty Toasty: Terminal 1 Departures Check-in Hall Level 7. Operating Hours: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Because of the volume that the airport handles every day it is impossible to close down the airport. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some shops and facilities may have different operating hours.
How to Get to the Airport
There are many transport options to get to and from Hong Kong International Airport. Buses and taxis can take you to and from the airport and downtown Hong Kong. The Airport Express, a commuter train takes passengers from the airport to Central in 24 minutes. It is a fast and comfortable way to travel to and from the airport.
Passengers can also opt to go to mainland China from Hong Kong International. Ferries, mainland buses and the SkyLimo can take you to China from the airport.
- Airport Express: Train from the airport to Hong Kong Central
- Public Buses: Bus Routes take passengers from the airport to many parts of Hong Kong
- Taxis: Taxi stations are found at the ramp outside the Arrivals Hall