HKIA and Hong Kong

Since its opening at Chek Lap Kok in 1998, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has grown to become one of the busiest airports in the world. In 2019, the airport served 71.5 million passengers, handled 4.8 million tonnes of cargo and accommodated 419,730 air traffic movements (ATMs). With about 120 airlines connecting to around 220 destinations worldwide – including about 50 in the Mainland – HKIA is a leading international and regional aviation hub that helps maintain Hong Kong’s status as “Asia’s World City”.

Hong Kong enjoys an enviable geographic location. From here, one can reach half of the world’s population in just five hours’ flying time. Coupled with HKIA’s extensive air network, Hong Kong has firmly established itself as an international business centre.

HKIA supports Hong Kong’s four economic pillars – financial services, trading and logistics, tourism, and producer and professional services – which together accounted for around 57% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017 according to government statistics.