Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hong Kong Airport

World’s Best Airport 2001–2005, 2007, 2008
Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok Airport) is the World’s Best Airport.

In July 2008, it was voted the world's best airport for the seventh time in eight years in the annual
Skytrax survey.

This state-of-the-art airport not only impressed passengers by its design and facilities. The traveling public is obviously more convinced by its customer services and efficiency in immigration and customs checks. All these together convinced millions of travelers ranking Hong Kong International Airport number one.

Hong Kong Airport Information
Open in July 6, 1998 by Chairman Jiang Zemin. Prior to its official opening, former US President Bill Clinton flew in from China and became one of the pioneer passengers to use the Hong Kong Airport.

* Distance from city - 34 km
* Free luggage cart
* Free porter service
* Facilities for passengers with mobility and sensory disabilities
* No-driver shuttle train connecting passengers to distant boarding gates
* Travelex Worldwide Money – 11 outlets at convenient locations.

From Airport to city

Airport Express
- luxurious, comfortable, fast and reliable

Airport Express takes you to the city in Central in 23 minutes. You can choose to get off at Kowloon Station if your hotel is on Kowloon side.

After exiting the customs check, just walk about 50 meters straight ahead, the Airport Express is there waiting for you. You don’t need to pre-book any ticket. Simply buy a ticket at the ticket booth right after the customs check or at a vending machine. There is no need to queue for a ticket.

Airport Express offers the following free services to their passengers:
* Free Airport Express shuttle bus service
* Free porter service at Airport, Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong stations
* Free in-town check-in service
* Central Station provides check-in service 24 hours ahead of your departure time
* Free MTR connections

Taxi is the most convenient door-to-door transportation, though relatively pricy. From airport to central Hong Kong is around HK$350. You would have to pay for cross-harbour tunnel toll and luggage fee. Taxi passengers are required to wear seat belts by law.
Tipping taxi drivers are not necessary.

Airport Buses
Airport buses are comfortable, reasonably fast and economic. They are air-conditioned with in-bus display and announcement to ensure you get off at the right stop. The following two routes run pass major hotels on Hong Kong Island.

A11 – HK$40, operate 06:10 – 24:00 daily Hotels on the route: Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz Carlton, Marriott, Island Shangrila, Conrad, Empire, New Harbour, Wesley, Wharney, Century, Excelsior, Park Lane, Regal HK Hotel, Rosedale, City Garden Hotel, Newton Hotel, South China Hotel.

A12 – HK$45, operate 06:00 – 24:00 daily Hotels on the route: Mandarin Oriental, Ritz Carlton, Harbour View International House, Grand Hyatt, Renaissance, Luk Kwok Hotel.

Departing Hong Kong
Departure process is simple and fast. Once you get your boarding pass, you can proceed to the Immigration. You would go through simple x-ray security screening of your hand luggage. You have to put your laptop, wallets and other valuables on trays. Customs officers give each passenger a numbered card in exchange of each tray at the other end. The process is simple however safeguards your valuables while temporarily unattended.

Facilities at the Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok Airport

Eating at the Hong Kong Airport
The Hong Kong Airport is lovely, spacious, light and clean with great shops, good lounges and restaurants. You must be pleased by the choice and quality of food here.

There are plenty of choices if you want to eat at the Hong Kong International Airport. Chain stores like McDonald's and 7-Eleven sell at same prices as their other shops in town.

Coffee lovers will be happy to find five beautiful and comfortable Starbucks here (Airport Gate 2, 16 & 28, Airport Level 5 pre-immigration hall and restricted area). Pacific Coffee also has two shops at the Departure Level.

Shopping at the Hong Kong Airport
Hong Kong is a shoppers’ paradise. The Hong Kong International Airport has seven floors of and over 100 shops and services to meet travelers’ needs. If your schedule allows, I would recommend you come three hours ahead of your departure time and explore this award-winning airport.

Relaxing or Working at the Hong Kong Airport
Want to relax or still need to work while waiting? Well, here is a suggestion. For just a fixed fee, all these are yours: hot showers, food & beverage buffet, internet and e-mail, movies and music, CNN area, magazines and newspaper, massage chairs and seated massage.

Fee schedule: HK$400 for 2 hours; HK$500 for 5 hours; HK$600 for 10 hours.
Hong Kong Airport - Plaza Premium Lounge
Open 24 hours daily

Hong Kong Travel - Hong Kong International Airport

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