The Airport Authority of Hong Kong has published
its Annual Report 2019/20 for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2020.
With the negative impact of the COVID19 pandemic,
passenger volume and flight movement at Hong Kong International
Airport (HKIA) dropped 18.9% and 12% to 60.9 million and 377,420
Cargo volume was also hit by international
trade dispute in 2019/20, registering year-on-year drop of 7.3% to
4.7 million tonnes. Despite that, HKIA remains the
world’s busiest cargo airport for the 10th consecutive year.
In response to COVID19, the Airport Authority responded quickly
to ensure the safety of passengers and airport staff, fully
supporting and facilitating all health and quarantine measures
imposed by the government as the situation evolved.
providing dedicated areas in Terminal 1 (T1) to process passengers
arriving from affected areas and assisting in the implementation
of various port health measures. HKIA also stepped up cleaning
schedules and deployed cutting-edge robots to thoroughly disinfect
the terminal buildings and passenger facilities. Extra hand-sanitiser
dispensers have been installed and the airport has been using public
address system announcements, posters, videos and social media to
disseminate related health protection messages.
The COVID19 pandemic has not distracted the
Airport Authority from its long-term vision. During the year, the Airport City
development continued and significant progress on all projects was
achieved. The construction of the Three-runway System (3RS) was
progressing as planned, with the third runway on track to start
service in 2022, and the entire 3RS project, which includes new
buildings and related infrastructure, is expected to be
commissioned in 2024.
As part of the 3RS project, Terminal 2 (T2) was
closed for refurbishment in November 2019. When it reopens in
2024, T2 will offer a full complement of services for arriving and
departing passengers. Meanwhile, to tie in seamlessly with the T2
closure, the extension to T1 was commissioned with a new aisle of
48 check-in counters and two additional baggage reclaim carousels.
During the year, the Airport Authority continued to work on a
series of enhancement projects that will enrich the airport
experience. Solid progress has been made in upgrading T1
with a new look and an elevated ambience. The East Hall
food court has been revamped with fresh dining concepts, adding
300 seats and bringing the total to 1,200. To create a smoother
airport experience, the Airport Authority is developing a biometric system that
enables passengers to check in at a smart check-in kiosk and then
use their biometric features to clear multiple pre-boarding
checkpoints. This service is expected to commence in 2020.
In addition, works continued on the Sky Bridge,
which will link T1 and the North Satellite Concourse (NSC). During
the year, prefabrication of the bridge was completed and the
installation of its equipment and systems has begun. The 200-metre
span, which is expected to be the world’s longest airside bridge,
will make connections to the NSC fast and easy, while providing
spectacular views of the apron.
On the cargo front, construction of the premium
logistics centre in the South Cargo Precinct started during the
year. Scheduled to open in 2023, the logistic centre will help
HKIA and its business partners capture opportunities in the
rapidly expanding e-commerce market.
In addition, HKIA further
enhanced its high-value cargo service, including animal handling
service. In January 2019, HKIA and Brussels Airport, in
partnership with a group of global pharmaceutical companies,
pioneered the world’s first airport-to-airport pharma corridor.
To continue the development of Airport City, the
Airport Authority has handed over the site of SkyCity to the developer during the
year. SkyCity will featires cutting-edge technology and unique retail, dining and
entertainment concepts. Construction of
SkyCity’s first hotel will soon be completed and the hotel is
expected to open in 2020/21.
Hong Kong Airport,