Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), plans to enhance the consistency of the wayfinding system by upgrading the numbering on the boarding gates and parking stands. The new Sky Bridge, will ultimately connect the terminal and North Satellite Concourse (NSC).
Phase one of the renumbering will be implemented in March 2019, where boarding gates and parking stands 15-22 will be changed to numbers 5-12, with the second phase following the completion of the Sky Bridge in 2020. Upon the completion of the Sky Bridge, the NSC boarding gates and parking stands 501-510 will be renumbered as 13-22.
At 200-metres long, the Sky Bridge will allow the A380 aircraft, one of the largest passenger aircraft in the world, to taxi underneath. The weatherproof footbridge—equipped with travellators—is just one of the enhancement projects at HKIA aiming to increase capacity and providing passengers with a straight forward experience.
Currently, the boarding gates and parking stands at Terminal 1 are numbered so that the smaller numbers are the closest to the entrances of the restricted area, increasing as passengers walk further into the terminal. The renumbering exercise will provide a clear sequence for passengers.
The Civil Aviation Department and Airline Operators Committee were consulted on the renumbering and the AA will work closely with the airport community to inform passengers about the changeover and to provide assistance required for a smooth boarding process.
The Sky Bridge, rising 28 metres high, will reduce passenger travel time and the demand for shuttle buses, and the bridge will feature restaurants and bars with a place for passengers to relax and enjoy.