Hong Kong targets high value cargo, e-commerce in 'Airport City' vision
HONG Kong International Airport (HKIA) has identified high value cargo and e-commerce targets in its new 'Airport City' strategy
HONG Kong International Airport (HKIA) has identified high value cargo and e-commerce targets in its new 'Airport City' strategy.
'Our strategy of focusing on the high-growth areas of e-commerce and high-value cargo is a direct response to changing trends in global trade,' said an HKIA statement.
HKIA was ranked the world's busiest cargo airport by Airports Council International in 2018, occupying the top spot for the ninth consecutive year, and the strategy aims to secure this leading position.
Plans were revealed in the airport authority's 'From City Airport to Airport City' report that outlines 'an ongoing transformation that integrates the airport with many functions surrounding it, turning it into a much bigger entity - an Airport City - that drives the economic growth of Hong Kong and the region, while further strengthening HKIA's status as an international aviation hub'.
'Increasingly, airlines are using the bellies of passenger planes to deliver the orders - many are small parcels of high value - in a timely manner, taking advantage of the frequency of passenger flights,' said HKIA.
'The manufacturing of a premium consumer electronic device, for instance, requires the supply of numerous parts made in a large number of locations spread across different continents.'
HKIA has already announced plans to expand express cargo facilities with a logistics centre covering 5.3 hectares, with an expected gross floor area of 380,000 square metres to serve e-commerce, temperature-controlled air freight and transshipment to open in 2023.
In March, HKIA obtained CEIV Fresh (IATA's certification for perishable logistics) in addition to its CEIV Pharma certification for pharmaceutical products.
Another focus is the enhancement of regional cargo services for the region - includes studying the feasibility of building involving the building of an air cargo handling facility at the new airside Eastern Support Area of the Three-Runway System to support land-sea and sea-air transshipment.