What is the most impressive achievement for your company this year?
In 2018, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 74.7 million passengers, making it the third busiest international passenger airport in the world. HKIA was the world’s busiest cargo airport for the 9th consecutive year in 2018, handling 5.1 million tonnes of cargo.
The construction of SKYCITY, an integrated development, commenced in 2018. Airport Authority Hong Kong also completed the acquisition of equity interests of the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE), a major facility on the airport island, with a view to enhancing synergies between the future developments of AWE and SKYCITY.
A smart airport is a key development strategy for HKIA. In 2018, 44 e-security gates were installed with facial recognition technology.
On the cargo front, HKIA became the world’s first airport to receive IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Perishables Logistics (CEIV Fresh) certification for handling high-value, perishable goods.
It is often said that an organisation is only as strong as its people. What investments have your company made in talent development this year?
In 2018/19, Hong Kong International Aviation Academy (HKIAA) delivered over 1,200 courses to 40,000 participants. HKIAA also launched the Advanced Master in Air Transport Management Programme with Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile for aviation practitioners.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) accredited HKIAA as a full member of its TRAINAIR PLUS Programme and an Aviation Security Training Centre. HKIAA is now working to become an ICAO Regional Training Centre of Excellence.
What can your trade partners and customers look forward to in doing business with you in 2020?
By 2020, Terminal 1 (T1) enhancement and carpark expansion projects will be completed and the Sky Bridge, a weatherproof footbridge connecting T1 and the North Satellite Concourse, will be in operation. In parallel, the first hotel with 1,000 guest rooms and suites in SKYCITY will be opened by 2020. – C K Ng, executive director, airport operations, Airport Authority Hong Kong
Credits to Yueng Wing T, General manager, Airport Authority Hong Kong