If you build it they will come
Tourism to Hong Kong may be down but the city’s international airport is now ready to welcome up to 10 million extra passengers a year. A new midfield concourse entered full operation this week, handling 230 new flights per day. The Aedas-designed building, located in between the two existing runways and connected to the automated airport railway, will be able to handle more than 20 per cent of all passenger traffic and provide additional parking positions for A380s. Nearly 70 million passengers passed through the airport in 2015, representing an 8 per cent increase year-on-year, although cargo traffic stalled. The midfield concourse is built on the last piece of available land on the airport’s artificial island. Any significant future development of the hub – including a planned third runway – will require fresh land reclamation.