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First Timer’s Guide to Hong Kong International Airport

The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) known as the Chek Lap Kok Airport, was designed as a replacement for the Kai Tak Airport and built on an island largely comprised of reclaimed land.

HKIA is one of the most beautiful airport terminals, the busiest passenger airports in Asia and is also one of the largest passenger terminal buildings.

The airport is currently the #1 cargo airport in the world and more than 72.9 million passengers pass through here every year.

How To Get There

Hong Kong International airport is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok. Here are several ways that you can get here:

By Train

Airport Express HKIA
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From Hong Kong Station, take the Airport Express train to the airport. It is a 24-minute ride with trains coming in and out every 12 minutes. Make sure to purchase a ticket before getting on the train. You can buy them on-site.

By Bus

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From Hong Kong Central, take a bus headed straight to the Hong Kong Airport. Usually buses don’t have change so it is good to bring the exact amount.

The routes take a longer time but have more pick-up and drop-off points.

By Taxi

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From Hong Kong Station, take a red taxi to the Hong Kong Airport.

By Shuttle

Most hotels will have a shuttle that brings guests to and from the Hong Kong Airport. It is best to check with the hotel if they have this service upon booking a hotel prior to your trip.


List of Airlines Operating in Airport

  • Aeroflot
  • Air Asia
  • Air Astana
  • Air Belgium
  • Air Busan
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air France
  • Air India
  • Air Mauritius
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Niugini
  • Air Seoul
  • All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Bangkok Airways
  • British Airways
  • Cambodia Angkor Air
  • Cathay Dragon
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Cebu Pacific
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Eastar Jet
  • Egypt Air
  • El Al
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • EVA Air
  • Fiji Airways
  • Finnair
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Hong Kong Airlines
  • HK Express
  • Japan Airlines
  • JC International Airlines
  • Jeju Air
  • Jet Airways
  • Jetstar Asia Airways
  • Jetstar Japan
  • Jetstar Pacific Airlines
  • Jin Air
  • Juneyao Airlines
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Lanmei Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Malindo Air
  • Mandarin Airlines
  • MIAT Mongolian Airlines
  • Myanmar National Airlines
  • Nepal Airlines
  • Palau Pacific Airways
  • Peach
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Philippines Air Asia
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Royal Jordanian
  • S7 Airlines
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Scoot
  • Shandong Airlines
  • Shanghai airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Siam Air
  • Sichian Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Spring Airlings
  • Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Swiss International Airlines
  • Thai Air Asia
  • Thai Aiways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • T’way Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Vanilla Air
  • VietJet Air
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Australia
  • Xiamen Air


Departure Hall

HKIA Check In Counters
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Below are information about your departure for a quick and smooth journey to your boarding gate.

• Check- in

Go to the airline check-in aisle the corresponds to your airline. While you can counter check-in in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, there are 76 self check-in kiosks for your convenience.

Passengers should give enough time and arrive early for the necessary passport control and security procedures.

After the check-in, all passengers should drop off their baggage at drop-off counters. Those who bring hand baggage should make sure it doesn’t exceed the standard 22 in x 14in x 9 in.

Make sure that all baggage is packed following the security guidelines for a smooth drop off.

• Security Check

As a standard procedure, all travelers’ hand baggage will be inspected and there may be a body scan conducted. This is to ensure the safety and security of all at the terminal.

Apart from having your travel documents and boarding pass with you, make sure to have any medical proof or documents just in case.

• Immigration

Foreign travelers need to show their valid passport and filled out departure card. This card is at the bottom sheet of the original Arrival card attached to your passport.

Once the Immigration Officer cleared the passenger, they may proceed to their boarding gates.

• Boarding

Passengers are advised to be at their boarding gate at least 30 minutes before the flight departure time. There are many things to do like eating and shopping in the airport, but make sure to allot enough time to get to your boarding gate on time.


Arrival Hall

Arrival Hall HKIA
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To ensure a smooth and efficient arrival, you can browse all the essential information that you need to know after landing at Hong Kong International Airport.

• Immigration

Foreign travelers need to show their valid passport and filled out arrival card. This card is distributed during the flight and is also available at the Immigration Hall as well. After being screened by the officer, the passenger may go through.

After getting past customs, all passengers can go to the arrivals halls to meet their friends or relatives. This area has food outlets, shops, currency exchange, and transportation services.

• Baggage Reclaim

After Immigration, passengers can go directly to the baggage carousel to claim any checked-in baggage.

Make sure to go to the carousel that has the same flight number and airline that you took to get to Hong Kong. There are several information boards to help direct you to the right carousel.

• Customs

Those who have goods to declare will have to use the red channel while others who have nothing to declare can go through the green channel and directly exit.

According to the Customs and Excise Department website, as of July 16, 2018, all passengers in possession of currency or negotiable instruments (CBNIs) will have to make a written declaration if it exceeds HKD 120,000.


Hong Kong International Airport Contact

Useful Information
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General Inquiry Line +852 2181 888 Customer Feedback, Airport Authority Hong Kong, HKIA Tower, 1 Sky Plaza Road, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
Lost and Found +852 2182 2018 or [email protected] Shop 088, Level 5, Terminal 2
Left Baggage +852 2261 0110 Shop 001, Level 3, Terminal 2
Security Services +852 2949 8141 avseco


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