Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok [1998- ]

Submitted by David on Tue, 08/23/2016 - 17:12
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The opening date comes from the HKIA's "Key Dates & Events" page. Entries for 1998 include:

  • 13 January    The HKSAR Government announced that the new airport would open for operation on July 6 1998 and would be known as Hong Kong International Airport.
  • 18 January    The first operational readiness trial was conducted, with more than 500 volunteer “passengers” and 950 AA staff, government departments and airlines taking part in the trial.
  • 23 January    The HKSAR Government gazetted the AA Scheme of Airport Charges for the new Hong Kong International Airport.
  • 15 February    The second operational readiness trial in the Passenger Terminal Building was conducted, involving more than 1000 volunteers.28 March    AA staged the third operational readiness trial in the Passenger Terminal Building with the help of over 1200 volunteers.
  • 2 May    At the fourth airport trial, the first commercial airliner landing at the new airport was made by a Cathay Pacific 747. The Automated People Mover system was used for the first time.
  • 21 June    Opening ceremony of Airport Express and Tung Chung MTR lines was held.
  • 22 June    Tung Chung MTR station and franchised bus routes to Chek Lap Kok commenced operation.
  • 2 July    President Jiang Zemin officiated the opening of HKIA.
  • 5 July    The airport was relocated from Kai Tak to Chek Lap Kok over the night.
  • 6 July    HKIA commenced operation. The first flight landed was Cathay Pacific CX889 from New York, which touched down at 0627. The first departing flight was CX907 for Manila, which left HKIA at 0719.


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