Cathay Welcomes Measures To Push Hong Kong As Global Aviation Hub

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Cathay Pacific on Friday welcomed the Hong Kong SAR Government’s commitment to strengthening Hong Kong’s long-term competitiveness as a leading global aviation hub and international logistics centre, as outlined in the 2020 Policy Address of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR Government, Carrie Lam.

Hong Kong as Hub

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Augustus Tang said: “We are grateful to the Hong Kong, Guangdong and Central governments for their commitment to the continued development of the Hong Kong aviation hub. We share their confidence that Hong Kong will continue to prosper as the city has an unrivalled position as part of the Greater Bay Area (GBA), a region that presents wonderful opportunity for Hong Kong, and will be the growth engine for the world economy over the coming decades.”

Mr. Tang added that they welcome the deepening cooperation between Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Zhuhai Airport to establish a globally competitive world-class airport cluster, leveraging their complementary strengths. “We also look forward to the commissioning of the entire Three-Runway System in 2024, and the completion of the premium logistics centre and the SKYCITY development projects,” he said.

Feel encouraged, says Cathay

The Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer added that the airline was greatly encouraged by the focus placed on enhancing the overall transportation network and capacity, connecting HKIA and the various transport links and infrastructure of the airport island.

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A group of youngsters pose before dummy aircraft tail of Cathay Dragon and Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong. Source: Instagram

“We also welcome measures that greatly facilitate ‘land-to-air’ transit travel for passengers from the GBA to fly via HKIA. For more than 70 years, Cathay Pacific has been privileged to be the home carrier of Hong Kong. We are proud to have played a significant role in the development of our home city into a leading international aviation hub and our commitment remains,” he said.

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) announced that it will be investing HK$40 billion into Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) over the next 10 years to support a series of projects being implemented progressively as part of HKG’s airport city development, which will enhance the airport’s capacity and functionality while transforming it into a new landmark and propelling the economic development of Hong Kong and the region forward.

Fred Lam, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said: “AAHK first put forward the airport city vision and blueprint in May 2019. We are very glad that the HKSAR government supports the development of the airport city, which aims to fully capitalise on the unique geographical advantage of HKG and capture opportunities arising from new infrastructures.”

Lam said that the core functions of the airport and related industries are organically and seamlessly integrated into the fabric of the airport city, unleashing a strong synergy. “The various mid- and long-term developments in our blueprint will strengthen HKIA as an international aviation hub and create a new landmark for Hong Kong,” Lam said.

The International Airport Review said AAHK has been continuously enhancing its airport facilities. Ongoing works include: The refurbishment of boarding gates and other facilities in the terminal; construction of the ‘Sky Bridge’ to connect Terminal 1 and the North Satellite Concourse; and leveraging technology to enhance passenger services.

AAHK’s proposals for the development of the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF) Island of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) focus on enhancing the airport’s services and development as part of the HKG airport city strategy.

The government has accepted AAHK’s plan to develop automated car parks on the HKBCF Island that will provide around 6,000 parking spaces in phases. The ‘Park and Fly’ and ‘Park and Visit’ carparks will cater to air transfer passengers and visitors, respectively.

‘Park and Fly’ passengers will transfer to HKG boarding gates directly from the HKBCF restricted area, facilitated by a bonded vehicular bridge which is connected to the airport’s Intermodal Transfer Terminal, without having to go through immigration procedures in Hong Kong.