T1 enhancements accompany 3RS project at Hong Kong

13 July 2017
Sky Bridge (centre of image) will connect Terminal 1 and the North Satellite Concourse at Hong Kong International Airport. Source: AAHK

Major improvements are planned at Terminal 1 (T1) at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), with phased completion scheduled for 2020.

Features include expansion of the terminal building to accommodate more than 40 additional check-in counters with self-bag-drop facilities, and two extra baggage-reclaim carousels.

Also planned is a 200 m, weather-proof Sky Bridge connection, with a moving walkway, for pedestrians moving between T1 and the North Satellite Concourse. This should reduce connecting times for transit passengers, and remove the need to use shuttle buses between T1 and the North Satellite Concourse.

An extra building next to the terminal will allow more than 1,400 extra parking spaces, as well as facilities for training and HKIA staff. Features of the enlarged East Hall in T1 will include a roof garden, two-level play area for children, and a dedicated recreational zone. Another garden will be landscaped at the opposite end of the East Hall.

"The project will also provide more seats, shops, and catering outlets in the expanded Arrivals Hall on the landside," operator Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) announced, adding it is "studying the look and feel of the boarding gate areas at Terminal 1, and considering introducing various themed areas to provide new experiences for passengers at the gates".

Food, beverage, and retail concessions in T1 will be overhauled with refurbishment of the main food halls and the introduction of new duty-free shops.

The HKD7-billion (USD896,000) T1 enhancement programme is concurrent with the Three Runway System (3RS) project at Hong Kong, construction of which began in August 2016.

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