HKIA midfield development to commence in 3Q

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Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has announced details of the HK$7 billion ($898.7 million) first phase of its midfield development project.

Construction is to start in the third quarter of 2011 with its completion planned by the end of 2015, says the Airport Authority of Hong Kong.

"Equipping HKIA with sufficient handling capacity is key to strengthening Hong Kong's competitiveness as a leading regional and international aviation centre, and a preferred gateway to the Mainland," says Airport Authority Chairman Marvin Cheung. "To meet future demand, the new midfield concourse with 20 aircraft parking stands will ultimately enable about 10 million passengers a year to embark and disembark aircraft using air bridges at this concourse."

Phase 1 will see the construction of a new midfield concourse with 20 aircraft parking stands, a new cross-field taxiway, and the extension of the existing automated people mover to the midfield concourse.

Under phase one, 11 of the planned 20 aircraft parking stands will be bridge-served, including some with three bridges to serve the Airbus A380. The remaining nine will be operational stands without air bridges.

Located west of terminal one between HKIA's two parallel runways, it is the last piece of land available on the airport's island for large-scale development.

The Airport Authority adds that it has been investing an average of HK$2 billion per year on HKIA's facilities. In recent years these have included enhancements both to terminal one and the airfield. Upgrades to terminal one have included merging its two arrival halls, doubling baggage system capacity to 16,000 bags per hour, and increasing facilities such as airline transfer desks, immigration counters, and security channels.

In July 2010 the Airport Authority said the second phase will see the conversion of the nine remote stands constructed in phase one into bridge-served stands. It will also build another 10 remote stands to the west of the concourse. This will result in 20 bridge-served stands and 10 remote stands being available by 2020.