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March 2, 2012

Hong Kong airport unveils apron development plan

The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has unveiled a plan to invest HK$2.2bn ($283.6m) to construct 16 aircraft parking stands at the western end of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), to serve the demand for additional parking stands.

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HKIA new apron construction site

The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has unveiled a plan to invest HK$2.2bn ($283.6m) to construct 16 aircraft parking stands at the western end of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), to serve the demand for additional parking stands.

The major construction on the 430,000m² site at HKIA is expected to start mid-2012 in two phases.

In the first phase, which is due to be completed by 2013, nine aircraft parking stands and related supporting facilities will be constructed including the connection of the western airfield tunnel to the cargo area.

The second phase includes the construction of the remaining seven stands, which will end a year later.

AAHK airport operations deputy director, C K Ng, 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."

Ng continued: "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."

"The new parking stands at the West Apron will help accommodate the need for parking spaces in the medium term. Meanwhile, three stands that can cater for new types of aircraft with longer fuselages, such as the B747-8F freighter, have been planned at the West Apron."

The development will meet the airport’s expected growth in aircraft traffic, as the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department is planning to increase the handling capacity of the airport’s two runways from the current 62 to 68 flights by 2015 per hour.

HKIA has reported a 12.5% rise in its January passenger traffic to 4.9 million and its aircraft movements rose by 5.8% to 29,000.

 

Image: The first phase of the West Apron development project at HKIA is expected to be completed by 2013. Photo: Hong Kong Airport

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