Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Hong Kong International Airport is the main airport in Hong Kong. It is colloquially known as Chek Lap Kok Airport, because it was built on the island of Chek Lap Kok.The airport is an important regional trans-shipment centre, passenger hub and gateway for destinations in Mainland China (with over 40 destinations) and the rest of Asia.
Despite a relatively short history, Hong Kong International Airport has won seven Skytrax World Airport Awards for customer satisfaction in just ten years. However, The airport ranked second and third in 2009 and 2010 respectively for the Skytrax World Airport Awards, although it still remains as the best airport taking into account passenger numbers annually.
The airport is operated by the Airport Authority Hong Kong and is the primary hub for Cathay Pacific, Dragon air, Hong Kong Express Airways, Hong Kong Airlines and Air Hong Kong (cargo).Flights are operated by roughly 90 airlines to over 150 cities across the globe, and in 2009 it was the 13th busiest airport worldwide in terms of passenger throughput, registering 45,560,888.
The airport is also an important contributor to the Hong Kong economy, with 60,000 people employed at the airport. In 2009, it was the second busiest airport in the world in terms of cargo traffic, handling 3,384,765 tons of cargo. In 2010, the airport became the busiest airport by cargo traffic in the world, ahead of Memphis Airport in USA, along with Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific holding the title of the world's largest international cargo airline.