Hongkong International Airport located at the City of Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Opening 24 hours. The airport is located on the island of Lantau. Hong Kong is the southernmost tip of China, adjacent to Guangdong. With a total area of 1,248 hectares, it has been ranked as the best airport in the world for eight consecutive years from 2001 to 2008.
Those who remember the daredevil approach of aircraft prior to landing at the old Kai Tak Airport don’t need to guess why Hong Kong decided to build a new airport somewhere else. The Kai Tak Airport was the primary hub for air travel until the 1990s. With only a single runway, one terminal building too small, hills that made takeoff and landing tricky, and sharp turns at low altitude so close to high rise residential buildings that passengers could see residents eating dinners during landings were just a few of the drawbacks. Moreover, due to Kai Tak’s proximity to residential areas, a curfew had to be in place in the late night and early morning hours, thus limiting its capacity.
A new airport was eventually built at Chek Lap Kok in the north of Lantau Island, joining three of its northern islands into what is now a world class airport. Designed by Sir Norman Foster, the airport opened in July 1998 and has since been named “World’s Best Airport” by Skytrax eight times.
There are many direct flights to Hong Kong from every inhabited continent in the world. Most major cities in Europe and North America are all served with at least one daily flight, and flights between Hong Kong and other major cities in Asia and Oceania are frequent. Cathay Pacific operates one of the longest air routes in the world, between Hong Kong and New York City (JFK). It is the primary hub for Hong Kong’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines and low-cost carrier Hong Kong Express.
Due to the special status of Hong Kong, flights to mainland Chinese cities are treated as international rather than domestic flights. As a result of the territory’s rather small size, all flights from the airport are international, and there are no domestic flights.
There are 2 terminal in this airport as:
- Terminal 1: All flights and most check-in counters
- Terminal 2: It’s only a check-in facility for departing passengers with no gates (passengers are transferred underground to Terminal 1 for boarding). Most low-cost and some full service carriers have their check-in operations here in Terminal 2. Check-in: Air Astana, Air Explore, AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Eastar Jet, HK Express, JC Airlines, Jeju Air, Jetstar Asia Airways, Jetstar Japan, Jetstar Pacific, Malindo Air, Myanmar National Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Philippines AirAsia, Scoot, Shenzhen Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Vanilla Air, VietJet Air.
WARNING: As of September 2019, the protests that have continued for several months have come to the airport, leading to chaos and confusion in the arrival and departure halls, severe ground transportation delays, and cancelled flights, which means passengers not going to Hong Kong but just changing planes are affected too. On the 12th and 13th August and 1st September many flights were cancelled. Only passengers with tickets for departures in the next 24 hours are allowed in the airport – a paper copy of your ticket or boarding pass may be useful. On 7th September the Airport Express is expected to only operate to/from Hong Kong station. (Information last updated Sep 2019)
source by en.wikivoyagesource