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Hong Kong Airport Authority (HKAA) has announcedit will develop a huge complex near Terminal 2 at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
The 668,000 sqm mega development, Skycity, will consist of a hotel offering 450 to 750 rooms, along with retail, dining and entertainment facilities.
Five key concepts will be highlighted, including cybertainment, a gourmet kingdom, 'edutainment', action and excitement, and events.
Speaking about the new development, Jack So, chairman of HKAA, 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.”
The project is forecast to serve about 70 million international passengers and local residents per year.
Passenger traffic is predicted to increase to more than 100 million by 2030, with the completion of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge next year, the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok underwater tunnel in 2018, and the three-runway system in 2024.
Fred Lam, chief executive officer of HKIA, said that transport options will also be expanded in order to develop better connectivity to reach the Skycity complex. In addition to the existing MTR Airport Station and Asia World-Expo Station, Lam said there are plans to build a monorail system to link Skycity and the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities Island – part of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge – and another rail system between the Asia World-Expo and Tung Chung.
Phase 1 of the development will see the opening of the hotel in 2020, and the completion of 195,000 sqm of retail, dining and entertainment space.