Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) formally announced plans yesterday for SKYCITY, a major development intended to transform Hong Kong International Airport into an airport city destination.
The new development will feature retail complexes, entertainment facilities, dining space, hotels and office towers spread over approximately 25 hectares of land at the north of the airport island.
In a statement, Chairman of AAHK Mr Jack So Chak-kwong said, “Our vision is to create a new destination that goes far beyond the traditional notion of a shopping mall. Located right next to the airport, SKYCITY aims to capture broad opportunities in tourism and business, while also providing a dynamic lifestyle and family entertainment hub for Hong Kong residents and visitors alike.”
Set to be developed in stages, phase 1 of the project will comprise retail, dining and entertainment facilities, scheduled for completion in 2021, and a hotel with up to 750 rooms, scheduled for completion in 2020.
AAHK said that the development would help to cater for the projected increase in passenger traffic through the airport as a result of the third runway project, which would provide a “large and stable potential customer base for SKYCITY.”
It went on to say that “SKYCITY will also tap into the full potential brought by the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, strategic road links that will provide greater interconnectivity not only in Hong Kong, but also with the Pearl River Delta region.”
The new SKYCITY will be built on land that was previously used as a golf club and car park.