Hong Kong International Airport is the hub for Cathay Pacific, the city’s international flag carrier. Opened in 1998, it’s the main airport serving Hong Kong and is the gateway to China. Built on Lantau Island, it’s located fewer than five flying hours from half the world’s population and is sometimes referred to as Chek Lap Kok airport.
Getting around: The airport offers 24-hour check-in at both its terminals. Most of the larger international carriers depart from Terminal 1 – the second-largest terminal building in the world - while Terminal 2 serves mainly low-cost regional airlines. The two terminals are connected by a central access-way as well as a covered walkway at each end of the building.
There’s a free shuttle from T1 to the ten gates in the North Satellite Concourse as well as an Automated People Mover to transport people between T1 and T2 and from T1 to the SkyPier. This driverless electric train carries about 7,200 people per hour and departs every two to four minutes.
The SkyPier at the airport offers speedy ferry service to eight ports in the Pearl River delta on mainland China. This service is only available to ‘transfer’ passengers and is not applicable to those passengers originating in Hong Kong. The Airport Express takes passengers to Central in 24 minutes.
Dining: Dining options at this airport are plentiful and there are many excellent restaurants to choose from. Tsui Wah Restaurant (T1) is an upscale version of a Chinese tea-house, offering Chinese, Western and Fusion items.
The popular Hung’s Delicacies (T2) - offering traditional specialities to those who are looking for value and excellence - has opened its first airport location here. This Michelin-starred bistro’s signature dishes include Chinese Marinated Goose Slices, Duck Tongues in Chinese Liquor and “Chua Lam’s Mixed Noodle”.
Relaxation: The Aviation Discovery Centre is a mini-amusement park/museum offering you the opportunity to experience a flight deck simulator. The museum includes historical aviation exhibits as well as access to the Sky Deck, where you can watch aircraft as they land and take off. (Terminal Two)
Why not watch a 2-D or 3-D movie at the UA IMAX Theatre? With the largest IMAX screen in Hong Kong you’ll be able to sit back and immerse yourself in a cinematic experience while waiting for your connection. (Terminal Two)
The airport also boasts some of the best airport-shopping in the world.
Wi-Fi: Enjoy free wireless internet access at most seating and public areas in the passenger terminals.
Official Airport website: http://www.hongkongairport.com
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