The country’s main airport, Hong Kong International Airport, is situated on Chek Lap Kok island. Therefore, the airport is commonly called Chek Lap Kok Airport by the locals, sometimes to differentiate it from its predecessor Kai Tak Airport that has already ceased operations. Hong Kong International Airport is an important aviation hub, for travellers heading to Hong Kong, Mainland China, and other parts of the world. At Hong Kong International Airport, over 100 airlines fly to more than 180 cities around the world.
The airport is divided into Terminals 1 and 2. T2 was constructed adjacent to T1, and was open and fully functional by 2007. T1 of Hong Kong International Airport is the world’s third largest airport passenger terminal building, spanning 570,000 square metres, after T3 of Dubai International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport’s T3. The Automated People Mover helps passengers travel between both terminals. In addition, the North Satellite Concourse was constructed in 2009 to serve most of its passengers by aerobridges.
There are many facilities in T1 and T2 of Hong Kong International Airport. In T1, there are 321 check-in counters, a customer services centre on the seventh storey, 115 public lifts, 21 nursing rooms, over 11,700 public seats and more. Similarly, T2 has the same range of amenities, but fewer numbers relative to its size. With 56 check-in counters, a customer services centre on the fifth floor, 700 public seats, 32 public lifts, 5 nursing rooms and more, the facilities in T2 ensure passengers travel in comfort.
Apart from these essential services, there are dining and retail outlets as well for travellers’ enjoyment. In T1, more than 200 retail shops await. Likewise, T2 boasts over 80 retail outlets, found in Sky Plaza. The variety and prices here rival that of popular shopping areas like Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay – in a way, the airport itself is a shopping destination and a good introduction to Hong Kong’s strong shopping culture.
The airport also introduces visitors to another facet of Hong Kong culture: their love of good food. Several snack bars, bakeries, coffee shops, restaurants and bars can be found in both restricted and non-restricted areas of T1 and T2. Have some Hong Kong style naicha (milk tea) and local snacks while waiting to board your flight, or as a refreshment after getting off the plane. Visit Toasty Toasty for delicious dai pai dong toast. Savour soyed goose, cold crab and baby oyster omelette at Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant in T1, or tortoise plastron jelly from Hung Fook Tong dessert store in T2. If you prefer typical fast food, that too is available.
There is free wireless internet connection available in both terminals for your use. Relax in the airline lounges while surfing the internet. Services like printers, photocopiers, fax machines, mobile phone battery chargers and phone card vendors are also available, useful for travellers on business.
IMPORTANT! Information is correct as of 17 July 2014 and is subject to change. Please always check Hong Kong International Airport website for the latest update of the following information.