Airport bridge clicking into place
The HK$900 million Sky Bridge connecting the Hong Kong International Airport's Terminal 1 and a concourse will be ready for use by the middle of the year. At 200 meters long, Sky Bridge will be the world's longest air-side bridge. At 28 meters high, it will allow the largest passenger...
Friday, January 17, 2020
The HK$900 million Sky Bridge connecting the Hong Kong International Airport's Terminal 1 and a concourse will be ready for use by the middle of the year.
At 200 meters long, Sky Bridge will be the world's longest air-side bridge. At 28 meters high, it will allow the largest passenger aircraft - the A380 - to pass underneath.
Sky Bridge will shorten the time to travel between the two buildings to five to 10 minutes.
It usually takes passengers 20 minutes to take shuttle buses to their planes, said Ricky Leung Wing-kee, executive director of engineering and technology for the Airport Authority.
It also means an end to incidents where "an airplane passes the taxiway and the shuttle bus needs to let it go first, leaving passengers waiting anxiously," he said.
Passengers can walk directly between the two buildings regardless of the weather, he added.
The main structure has been delivered to its final position and facility installation and interior renovation have begun.
The bridge is expected to open to passengers in June.
Passengers will need to take two sections of escalators indoors to get on or off the bridge.
An observation deck, restaurants and other facilities will be built at both ends of the bridge, Leung said. The floor is partly made of glass and people can see planes move underneath.
The authority estimated the bridge will help to cut about 100,000 shuttle services a year and the apron will be operated more smoothly.
The bridge was prefabricated in Zhongshan city, Guangdong, to minimize the impact on operations at the airport. The three segments were delivered separately to West Quay of the airport, and then transported to the assembly yard in the midfield area of the airport from September to October last year to form the main structure of the bridge.
On January 9, the main structure was transported to its final position - the ground between Terminal 1 and the North Satellite Concourse. The concourse is equipped with jet bridges for narrow-body aircraft.
The main structure, mainly made of steel and weighing more than 5,000 tonnes, was lifted up and connected to the two bridge towers the next day.
Sky Bridge will provide good views of the apron for passengers, said Leung.