Chairman’s Message

Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, we maintained a clear focus on our long-term vision of building the Airport City.

Jack So Chak-kwong

Chairman
Hong Kong, January 2021

Dear Stakeholders,

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) experienced a challenging year in fiscal 2019/20. The COVID-19 pandemic had severely impacted the operation of HKIA and indeed the whole aviation industry.

To support the airport community during these difficult times, the Airport Authority (AAHK) has introduced several rounds of relief measures, including the purchase of some 500,000 air tickets from Hong Kong-based airlines to be used in future promotional campaign, and the procurement of ground services equipment from aviation support services operators. We also offered two rounds of training allowance totalling HK$100 million for airport staff.

Despite these challenges, we maintained a clear focus on our long-term vision of building the Airport City, with significant progress achieved during the year. The Third Runway is on course to commence operation in 2022 with the entire Three-Runway System (3RS) commissioned by 2024. SKYCITY will be completed in phases beginning with the first hotel in 2021 followed by the Grade A office towers and the retail, dining and entertainment (RDE) facilities from 2022 to 2025. To capture the fast expanding e-commerce market, the Premium Logistics Centre and the Transit Mail Centre will be completed in 2023 and 2025 respectively. These projects will capitalise on the geographical advantage of HKIA as an international aviation hub, and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) as the gateway to the Greater Bay Area (GBA).

The Intermodal Transfer Terminal, which is planned for completion in 2022, will provide a hassle-free journey for air passengers coming through the HZMB. We are also developing automated car parks on the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF) Island to facilitate single-plate drivers/passengers coming to Hong Kong through the HZMB, either to fly out or to visit. We will introduce an autonomous transportation system to connect the HKBCF Island with SKYCITY and extend it further to Tung Chung in the future.

The Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) had a successful year before the pandemic with the roll out of new courses, including a new introductory air traffic control course approved by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. HKIAA also received industry accreditation by Airports Council International (ACI) as a regional training centre. To accommodate future growth, we plan to build a new campus and dormitory for the HKIAA on the HKBCF Island.

I would like to express my gratitude to all colleagues, business partners and their staff for their dedication and professionalism in the past year. With the arrival of various vaccines, we look forward with confidence and optimism to a robust recovery of the airport and the industry.

HKIA will continue to build for Hong Kong’s future.

Jack So Chak-kwong
Chairman

Hong Kong, January 2021

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