Hong Kong International Aviation Hub
Hong Kong International Airport took 4th place as the World’s Best Airport by Skytrax in 2014. Skytrax polls recent travelers and asks for their opinions about airports all over the world. Thus, Hong Kong’s International hub is considered a people’s choice award…pretty impressive! Also very impressive is the amount of business this airport does in a year—6.3. Million people traveled through the airport in 2014. The airport also shuttled 4.38 Million tons of cargo through their location.
It’s also important to note that Hong Kong also took 7th place in the people’s choice for Cleanest Airport for 2014 (bestowed in 2015). This is a major feat considering the volume of passengers that pass through this airport. A clean airport is very important to travelers!
Hong Kong’s flight hub is committed to four main principles in their business model they are: Safety, Operational Efficiency, Customer Convenience and the Environment. Adhering to these goals since 1998, the airport has won many prestigious awards for their operations. The airport has invested 50 billion into their huge building that is both an architectural and engineering feat in its own right. Airport operations are run by 65,000 staff members–Amazing!
The airport hub is considered a gateway to China. Since the airport is located on an island transportation via ferries and other boats are available to shuttle passengers back and forth to the mainland. There are 550 such shuttles daily.
Let’s take a look at why Hong Kong International Airport is so popular with their customers.
One of the main features of the airport are the display of art exhibits. These exhibits are aimed at sharing Chinese culture with visitors. This is a great example of how an airport can go above and beyond the basics to offer entertainment and education to visitors—especially for those just passing through without enough time to visit Hong Kong. Here are a few of the exhibits that the airport features:
Trick Art-Trick Art is a series of three dimensional art images which appear to pop out of the wall. Passengers can get really creative with the photos that they take with these images. One such image includes a fish coming out of a tank of water onto the person below. Various other themes of Trick Art can be found in Terminal 1.
Shark Mystique-Visitors can learn about shark conservation efforts thanks to a partnership with Ocean Park. The exhibit is called Shark Mystique and includes TV screens with shows about efforts to protect sharks and how these efforts protect biodiversity. The exhibit also has two shark sand sculptures that exemplify the true to life size and shape of a shark.
Bruce Lee: Kung Fu Art Life-The connection between East and West can be found in the Bruce Lee: Kung Fu Art Life exhibit in Terminal 1. The exhibit includes 70 personal artifacts from the late actor including photos, TV clips and other personal memorabilia. The exhibit aims to highlight his accomplishments on film, as a Kung Fu artist and in his personal life. The exhibit aims to show visitors a new side to the popular icon.
Childhood Memories-An exhibit that looks really fun is the Childhood Memories display. The exhibit contains large scale Hong Kong retro toys. There are at least 20 different toy exhibits including dolls, airplanes, cars and trucks and other pieces of interest. Come by and experience sweet childhood memories from an era gone by.
Theatre Art of Cantonese Opera-This exhibit features extremely valuable costumes from the famous Cantonese Opera. Watch TV clips of the Opera and the respective costumes on display. In total there are 17 costumes on display.
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 time. If you’ve never been to an IMAX theatre, you need to go. Its stadium seating to the extreme, so every seat is a good seat. The screen is wrapped all around the viewer so that the viewer feels like they can reach out and touch the screen and they are “in” the movie.
Have you ever wondered what being in the cockpit of an airplane might be like? Visit the Aviation Discovery Center at the Hong Kong Airport hub for a taste of what flying an airplane is like. Sit in front of real equipment and test your hand at controlling the electronics. This is a fun and educational center for people of all ages.
The Dream Come True Education Park for children is a life-like education simulation through role playing. Children can don uniforms that they would need for each job and discover what it might be like to do these tasks in the “real world.”
In addition to the “extras” that this airport provides, the essentials are provided as well. There are several hotels located within 5 minutes of the airport offering over 2700 rooms for visitor comfort. The Airport World Trade Center is also conveniently located at the Hong Kong transit hub. This center is designed for business meetings and room rentals. The center is equipped with first-class business accommodations including fine dining restaurants to impress your guests, conference facilities to hold meetings in person or overseas via telecommunications. This facility also has a Member’s Club for frequently returning guests.
The Hong Kong International Airport also has its fair share of retail and restaurants to enjoy on your layover. Visit packaged food souvenir stores, offering delectable sweets, several high fashion accessory establishments including jewelry, watches and handbags. And, of course there is a Duty Free liquor and tobacco store in Terminal 1 to enjoy.
For those of you that have traveled internationally, do you remember the worst part about arriving at the foreign airport? The long immigration line…how to get through them faster? Hong Kong International Airport has a solution. For frequent visitors, there is now a service available called the Frequent Visitor e-Channels. To find out if you are eligible for this service stop at any Arrivals Hall and sign up for the e-Channel service. Within minutes you will know if you qualify. This is quite a service to those that visit often!