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Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1
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The Ultimate Guide of Hong Kong International Airport (2023)

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Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is undoubtedly a gateway to the world. This bustling hub is the perfect starting point for your Asian adventure, and here’s everything you need to know.

Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1
▲ Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1

Welcome to Hong Kong – No Quarantine Restriction

Hello Hong Kong! International travellers are now free to come to Hong Kong, and there are no more restrictions upon arrival. All pre-departure and post-arrival quarantine and testing requirements have been removed.

All inbound persons must pass temperature checks upon arrival. Those found with symptoms will be referred to the Department of Health for further handling.

For more details, please refer to HKSAR inbound travel arrangement webpage.

Airlines and Destinations

The award-winning Hong Kong International Airport is home of Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express and Greater Bay Airlines.

Cathay Pacific A350 taken at Hong Kong International Airport
▲ Cathay Pacific A350
Greater Bay Airlines B737 at Hong Kong International Airport
▲ Greater Bay Airlines B737

With around 120 airlines flying in and out from Hong Kong, travellers are connecting to more than 220 destinations worldwide directly.

Taxiway at Hong Kong International Airport
▲ Taxiway

1. Airport Code, Location and Contact Information

The Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is located on its very own island just southwest of Hong Kong.

2. Navigating the Terminals

What sets Hong Kong International Airport apart is its immense yet user-friendly terminals. Terminal 1 (T1), the world’s third-largest airport terminal, houses a plethora of shopping and dining options.

Meanwhile, Terminal 2 (T2), while currently under reconstruction, is expected to reopen 2024 after the expansion. T2 will return with a brand new look as a full-service terminal, offering both arrivals and departure services, as well as an array of amenities. Keep your eyes peeled!

3. Transportation to Downtown Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport scores high on accessibility and connectivity. With its efficient Airport Express train, you’re just 24 minutes away from downtown Hong Kong – Central. Plus, direct bus lines, taxis, and ferry services ensure seamless connectivity to various parts of the region.

4. Where to Eat and Drink?

Hong Kong International Airport boasts an incredible array of fine cuisine, including outposts of Michelin-starred restaurants.

Sushi & Sake Bar Taka, the sister brand of Tokyo’s esteemed three-Michelin starred Sushi Saito, tantalises guests with its signature Edomae sushi, sashimi, and tempura creations. Prepared using the finest ingredients flown in daily from Tokyo, this culinary gem is a haven for sushi enthusiasts.

For a taste of authentic dim sum, make a stop at the airport’s outpost of the Michelin-starred restaurant, Duddell’s. Indulge in classic favourites like prawn dumplings, barbecued pork buns, and flavoruful roast goose, all meticulously crafted to perfection.

Duddell's at Hong Kong International Airport
▲ Duddell’s

If you’re in need of a quick yet indulgent treat, Fortnum and Mason is a must-visit. This iconic brand offers a delightful selection of exquisite teas and biscuits, perfect for satisfying your cravings on the go.

5. Where to Shop?

When it comes to shopping, Hong Kong International Airport sets a new standard, surpassing even the most luxurious shopping destinations. The shopping area is concentrated at the departures concourse area near the low-numbered gates.

Disney Store at Hong Kong International Airport
▲ Disney Store

Global fashion brands like Gucci and Prada showcase their latest collections, while Shanghai Tang offers elegant clothing and accessories representing signature Hong Kong luxury.

The airport is also home to renowned names in watches and jewellery, such as Cartier and Tiffany. In November 2022, the airport unveiled new flagship stores for Hermès, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, creating a captivating haven for lovers of French luxury.

Louis Vuitton at Hong Kong International Airport departure hall
▲ Louis Vuitton
Hermes at Hong Kong International Airport
▲ Hermes

Don’t forget the allure of duty-free shopping. Level 6 houses an array of options, including Duty Zero for a wide selection of liquor and The Shilla Duty Free’s Beauty&You for exclusive fragrances, some of which are only available at the airport.

Duty Zero by cdf at Hong Kong International Airport
▲ Duty Zero by cdf
Beauty & You HKG at Hong Kong International Airport
▲ Beauty & You HKG

For a convenient shopping experience, browse and purchase from the comfort of your seat through using the airport’s complimentary Wi-Fi. Your purchases can be delivered to your boarding gate within 90 minutes.

6. Unwind and Recharge in Airport Lounges

Lounges are an integral part of a luxury traveler’s itinerary, with many enthusiasts arriving early to indulge in the exclusive five-star facilities before their flight.

After the temporary closures during the pandemic, airport lounges in Hong Kong are gradually reopening as the city welcomes back travellers.

Notably, Cathay Pacific’s renowned lounge, The Pier, and Qantas’ lounge have already resumed operations. Furthermore, the three Plaza Premium Lounges and the American Express’ The Centurion are open again.

Although Emirates lounge, SilverKris Lounge (Singapore Airlines), and United Club (United Airlines) are yet to reopen, there are several exceptional five-star lounges available for rest and relaxation at Hong Kong International Airport.

Plaza Premium First Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport
▲ Plaza Premium First Lounge

7. Stay Connected with Wi-Fi and Charging Stations

At Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), staying connected is a breeze. The airport provides complimentary and unlimited Wi-Fi coverage throughout its premises. Passengers can easily access the Wi-Fi network without any hassle, allowing them to stay connected with their loved ones or catch up on work.

In addition, charging stations are conveniently located in the departure level near the gates. Travellers can charge their electronic devices effortlessly, ensuring they stay powered up during their journey.

Terminal 1 departure hall at Hong Kong International Airport
▲ Departure hall

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