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Hong Kong Airport Will Soon Dazzle More

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Hong Kong Airport Will Soon Dazzle More

The Hong Kong International Airport, one of the finest aviation facilities of the world, is set to become even grander and state-of-the-art. In this age of new airport enhancements, Hong Kong's seeks to stand out.

It's set to become a smart airport, with smart luggage-handling capabilities. The third runway system, which involves land reclamation – a controversial move – is also on the cards, says a CNN story.

"Replacing the unforgettable and slightly frightening Kai Tak Airport in 1998, Hong Kong's main air hub has set the standard of what it means to be a modern, world-class travel facility," says the story.

But the best is yet to be, it seems.

The Airport Authority of Hong Kong is now working on an ambitious plan to retool the 20-year-old facility that's expected to cost more than HK $140 billion (US $18 billion).

This includes changes to Terminal 1, dubbed T1 Annex, that will offer more check-in counters, luggage conveyor belts, and a rooftop garden.

According to the story, "The T1 Annex, due for completion in 2019, will also include a 200-meter-long and 28-meter-high sky bridge – high enough for A380s to pass under – featuring an observatory deck and retail offerings.

"A new 12-story multi-purpose building is also now being developed at Hong Kong Airport that will include an Aviation Academy, recreational facilities for all airport staff, 1,400 new car parking slots and a new nursery for working parents at the airport."

Also planned is the 25-hectare Skycity, an integrated venue with dining, retail and entertainment offerings in addition to new hotels and offices.

Hong Kong will give Singapore's Changi airport a run for its money.