HKBAC breaks ground on expansion project


The Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre (HKBAC), the fixed-base operator at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), has broken ground to commence its HK$400 million in-situ expansion.

The project is scheduled to complete in tandem with the three-runway system and will contribute to
enhancing Hong Kong’s ability to provide world class business aviation services underlining the city’s  international aviation hub status.

Lam Sai-hung, secretary for transport & logistics said, “HKBAC will, by virtue of this
expansion project, be well-positioned to stay on top of the competition, improve the travel
experience for passengers and tap into the rapid growth of business aviation demand in the
Greater Bay Area and beyond, thereby helping Hong Kong to maintain its status as a premier
international aviation hub.”

Jack So Chak-kwong, chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong said, “Business aviation
plays an important role in strengthening Hong Kong’s status as a global financial centre, and
Hong Kong International Airport’s position as an international aviation hub. It provides
business travelers with enhanced flexibility and efficiency, which are advantages in our
modern commercial world. Upon completion of the expansion in 2025, Hong Kong Business
Aviation Centre will double its handling capacity for business jet movements, tying in with our
Three-runway System and the Airport City developments.”

Raymond Kwok, chairman & managing director of Sun Hung Kai Properties, referred to the impact of the challenging Covid pandemic over the last nearly three years and said, “There are always new challenges, and with that the need for new solutions. Originally, most of our clients were business owners, banking executives and high net-worth individuals. Now our clients have become more broad-based and group charters had begun to figure more prominently. We want to re-think how best to meet their differing requirements. The Three runway System is coming on line and the Greater Bay Area beckons. Hong Kong’s traditional gateway role will resume as soon as the door swings open. Like New York and London, Hong
Kong plays a key role in servicing the needs of international capital. HKBAC’s role is to serve the needs of those at centre of these investment decisions for whom time is money, speed essential and freedom of movement vital.”

In response to rising demand and the changing demand landscape, HKBAC’s expansion plan will proceeded in two parts: the first includes the refurbishment and expansion of the existing Executive Terminal Building (ETB) with an upgrade on the co-located customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ), plus a new all-weather canopy stretching from the ETB to shield and serve both aircraft and passengers. The second part features a new Support Terminal with 3 enlarged facilities to cope with emerging demands from chartered flights and group travel flights, plus additional offices for fellow business aviation stakeholders, both to be launched in 2025.

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