HONG KONG: Cathay begins work on new cargo terminal

Cathay Pacific Airways, which resumed work on its new Cargo Terminal in June after a two years postponement due to the global recession, recently staged an event at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to highlight the state-of-the-art features of the new facility. In March 2008, the Airport Authority awarded Cathay Pacific Services Ltd (CPSL), a […]


Cathay Pacific Airways, which resumed work on its new Cargo Terminal in June after a two years postponement due to the global recession, recently staged an event at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to highlight the state-of-the-art features of the new facility.

In March 2008, the Airport Authority awarded Cathay Pacific Services Ltd (CPSL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the airline, the 20-year franchise to invest in, design, construct and operate the new air cargo terminal with a development cost of about HK$5.5 billion. The facility, scheduled to begin operations in early 2013, will occupy a site of nearly 11 hectares in the airport’s cargo area.

Speaking at the event, Cathay CEO Tony Tyler said: “Hong Kong’s position as the world’s leading international airfreight hub is a remarkable achievement, but we cannot afford to take our preeminent position for granted. A concerted effort to improve Hong Kong’s capacity and competitiveness is needed if we are to face up to growing competition from other airports in the region.”

HKIA, the world’s busiest in terms of international cargo, aims to handle eight million tonnes of cargo by 2025, compared with 3.35 million tonnes last year. The cargo terminal’s first phase could increase the cargo handling capacity at Chek Lap Kok by 50 per cent to 7.4 million tonnes a year.