The Airport Authority announced details of its plans to build a HK$3 billion transit terminal that will serve as a shortcut for passengers traveling to and from mainland China via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
Passengers arriving from the mainland and Macau via the bridge will be allowed to bypass local customs and immigration checks before boarding their flights at Hong Kong International Airport.
The five-story transit terminal will come with a 360-meter long vehicular bridge to link with the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities on an artificial island of the mega bridge.
The project will be entirely funded by the Airport Authority, which plans to start construction in 2019 after environmental permits are approved. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.
“The new facilities will operate like the SkyPier, which mainly serves tourists to and from Macau and Zhuhai who fly in and out of the airport,” said Ricky Leung Wing-kei, deputy director of engineering and technology for the authority.
In addition to the existing airport ferry service which connects nine cities across the Pearl River Delta, passengers from Zhuhai in the future may take cross-boundary buses or cars for one to two minutes to go from the transfer terminal to the airport to catch their flight.
Leung said he estimates passengers could save more than 10 minutes with the transfer terminal. “I believe this can attract tourists from the western side of the Pearl River Delta to use our facilities.”
The authority expects about 5,000 passengers a day to use the terminal when it opens.
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