Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has unveiled plans for a HK $2.2 billion (US $0.3bn) West Apron development, which will help Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) meet its medium-term demand for additional parking stands.
The 4,628,481sq ft (430,000m2) site, located at the western end of the airport island and adjacent to the Midfield, will be equipped with 16 parking stands for common use. A cross-runway tunnel linking the development to the cargo area has also been commissioned to facilitate efficient apron vehicle traffic.
The first phase – to construct nine parking stands, supporting facilities and the tunnel – will begin this year and is due for completion by the end of 2013. The second phase will end a year later, when the remaining seven stands will be ready for operation.
C K Ng, Deputy Director, Airport Operations, AAHK, said: “We are seeing rising demand for aircraft parking spaces due to growing air traffic, continuous fleet expansions by airlines and the introduction of new types of aircraft. Currently, passenger and cargo throughput, as well as aircraft movements, have outstripped our baseline growth projections, with both passenger trips and flight movements setting new records in 2011.”
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