A HK$3 billion transit terminal is to be built at Chek Lap Kok airport serving around 5,000 passengers a day who will drive over the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, according to the Airport Authority.
Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo- po, in his maiden budget in February, talked about the authority’s suggestion to finance the construction of an intermodal transit terminal adjacent to the present SkyPier at the airport.
The five-story transit terminal – covering an area of 22,000 square meters – will come with a 360-meter long vehicular bridge to connect to the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities artificial island of the mega bridge.
The construction of the transfer terminal and bonded bridge will operate like the SkyPier, which mainly serves tourists to and from Macau and Zhuhai who fly in and out of Chek Lap Kok.
Passengers from Macau or Zhuhai may take cross-boundary buses or cars for one to two minutes to go from the transfer terminal to the airport to catch their flight, without going through Hong Kong immigration and customs processes.
Simple security checks will still be done for tourists, and no unauthorized vehicles will be allowed on the future vehicular bridge.
Construction of the transfer terminal and vehicular bridge will start in 2019 to 2022.
The authority is conducting an environmental impact assessment study.
“I believe this can attract tourists from the western side of the Pearl River Delta to use our facilities,” said Ricky Leung Wing-kee, the authority’s deputy director of engineering and technology.
The number of passengers will gradually increase after the facilities are put into use, Leung said, adding it will be difficult to tell the extra number of customers it can bring to the airport.
The mega bridge is expected to start operating by the end of this year, but the authority did not announce the transit terminal until yesterday. Leung said they will only provide the new service given that it is cost effective, and the number of bus trips per day reaches a certain level.
The authority document shows that maximum daily traffic flow within 15 years upon operation of the vehicular bridge would be about 950 vehicle trips on peak days, including about 850 cross boundary bus trips and about 100 limousine trips.
Leung also estimated that passengers may save dozens of minutes with the transfer terminal.