Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Hong Kong International Airport (IATA code: HKG) is the main airport in Hong Kong and is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok, land which has mainly been reclaimed explicitly for the building of the airport itself. The airport has been in operation since its completion in 1998 when it took over from its predecessor, Kai Tak Airport, as Hong Kong’s main airport. The construction of the airport cost over $20 billion and increased the land mass of Hong Kong by 1%.
Hong Kong Airport is the world’s busiest for cargo and one of the busiest in the world for passenger traffic. It is a hugely important hub for the region, connecting much of Asia with the rest of the world. It is home to one of the world’s largest terminal buildings.
The airport is in operation 24 hours a day and is the main hub airport for Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways and Air Hong Kong (cargo carrier).
As well as being extremely significant in the aviation world, Hong Kong International Airport also plays an important role for the local economy employing some 65,000 members of staff.
In 2017 the airport won the International Airport Review Award for Airside Operations.