Marking a new milestone, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recently celebrated its 70 millionth passenger for 2016.
Greeting the lucky passenger at the arrival gate was chairman, Airport Authority (AA) Hong Kong, Jack So Chak-kwong. Taiwanese traveller, Lin Yi-ju, was presented with $3,868 in cash coupons and two round-trip business-class tickets for an Asian destination sponsored by Cathay Pacific.
Chak-kwong enthused: “HKIA’s annual passengers surpassed 60 million for the first time in 2014, and only two years later, we reached the 70 million mark. The AA is delighted to witness this strong growth momentum. We expect that all three traffic categories – passengers, cargo and flight movements – will set new annual records in 2016.”
He added: “I am particularly grateful to the over 73,000 staff of the airport community, whose concerted efforts have helped maintain efficient operations to receive an ever rising amount of passengers whilst providing a pleasant travel experience for our guests.”
Chak-kwong explained that in order to meet increasing passenger demand, the AA has initiated a number of developments.
“The construction of the three-runway system commenced on August 1 this year, and in the meantime, the expansion of Terminal 1 is underway. HKIA will also continue to apply innovations and smart technology with a view to providing even more convenient services for our passengers and enhancing the overall airport experience,” he said.
One of the world’s busiest airports, HKIA is connected to more than 190 destinations spanning the globe, providing about 1,100 daily flights serviced by over 100 airlines.