A ceremony was held on Thursday 31 March to mark the official opening of Hong Kong International Airport’s new Midfield Concourse.
The facility started handling flights and passengers on 28 December, but this week marked the launch of full operations at the concourse, and another milestone in the airport’s expansion.
The opening ceremony was attended by more than 200 people including government officials, industry members and other guests.
“The concourse is an important development project that will help HKIA meet increasing traffic demand in the medium term, as we work towards completion of the three-runway system,” said Jack So Chak-kwong, chairman of Hong Kong’s Airport Authority.
Located to the west of Terminal 1, between HKIA’s two existing runways, the 105,000m² five-storey concourse provides 20 aircraft parking bays. Passengers can access the new area from Terminal 1 using an “automated people mover”. The facility also features F&B and retail outlets, plus seats with power sockets, free Wi-Fi and computer stations.
Operating in full capacity, the Midfield Concourse handles approximately 230 flights per day, which accounts for around 20% of HKIA’s daily passenger flights. The concourse is expected to increase HKIA’s total capacity by 10 million passengers per year.