Since its opening at Chek Lap Kok in 1998, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has grown to become one of the busiest airports in the world. In 2016, the airport served 70.5 million passengers, handled 4.52 million tonnes of cargo and accommodated 412,000 air traffic movements (ATMs). With more than 100 airlines connecting to about 190 destinations worldwide – including 39 in the Mainland – HKIA is a leading international and regional aviation hub that helps maintain Hong Kong’s status as “Asia’s World City”.
Hong Kong enjoys an enviable geographic location. From here, one can reach half of the world’s population in just five hours’ flying time. Coupled with HKIA’s extensive air network, Hong Kong has firmly established itself as an international business centre.
HKIA supports Hong Kong’s four economic pillars – financial services, trading and logistics, tourism, and producer and professional services – which together accounted for around 57% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015 according to government statistics. Figures also showed that HKIA has helped attract over 7,500 multinational corporations to set up regional headquarters and offices in Hong Kong.