Arriving international passengers – individuals and groups – are conveyed by ‘bonded’ bus from HKIA to Macau via the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge (HZMB). Likewise, via HZMB, outbound air passengers can transfer at the SkyPier Terminal to HKIA’s restricted area without going through Hong Kong CIQ formalities. The service was introduced on August 30.
Easy intermodal connections are part of the plan to facilitate access to the Greater Bay Area (GBA). Speedy ferry services for transfer passengers to Macau and nine GBA ports are already available.
The new convenience for accessing the GBA may make the region a more attractive proposition for business events groups. Hong Kong itself is already a major business events hub.
“HKIA provides air-sea and sea-air intermodal connections for passengers, eliminating boundary crossing procedures at the airport, with advance airline check-in and baggage acceptance. Air passengers going to the GBA do not have to go through CIQ procedures at the airport and can go directly to Mainland China through the airside pier at our airport,” said Steven Yiu, executive director of airport operations for the Airport Authority Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is connected to more than 220 destinations worldwide by some 120 airlines.
From January to the end of August this year, HKIA handled more than 850,000 passengers and over 3,000 flights between Hong Kong and Australia and over 150,000 passengers and over 700 flights between Hong Kong and New Zealand.
There are eight airlines providing flights connecting Hong Kong with Australia and New Zealand, including daily services by Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Air New Zealand.