Hong Kong International Airport is the main airport in Hong Kong. It is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok, which largely comprises land reclaimed for the construction of the airport itself. The airport is also colloquially known as Chek Lap Kok Airport, to distinguish it from its predecessor, the closed Kai Tak Airport.The futuristic passenger terminal consists of eight levels, with check-in on level seven, departures on level six and arrivals on level five.
The passenger terminal was designed for convenience. The layout and signage, moving walkways and the automated people mover help passengers move through the building. The HKIA Automated People Mover, a driverless people mover system with 3 stations transports passengers between the check-in area and the gates. The trains travel at 62 kilometres per hour (39 mph). The airport also boasts an IMAX theatre that has the largest screen in Hong Kong. The theatre is located in Terminal 2, level 6 and can seat 350 persons at a tim.
Outlets (including bank branches, money changers and five ATMs) total 150, and there are more than 30 cafes, restaurants and bars, and more than 280 check-in counters.
Designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster, the airport was the world’s largest civil engineering project when it opened in mid-1998, and is on Chek Lap Kok, a largely man-made island off the northern coast of Lantau. It is connected to the mainland by several spans. Among them is the 2,2 km-long Tsing Ma Bridge, which is one of the world’s largest suspension bridges and is capable of supporting both road and rail transport, including the 34 km-long Airport Express high-speed train from Hong Kong Island to Chek Lap Kok via Kowloon. Asia Travel News