Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has started work on a $1.2 billion expansion project that should further increase capacity at the gateway by 10 million passengers per annum.
Phase one of the Midway project includes the construction of a 78,000sqm, five-level concourse, which will have 20 aircraft parking stands, an Automated People Mover (APM) extending from Terminal 1, a cross-field taxiway, and other supporting facilities.
The works are expected to cost $1.2 billion and create 2,000 jobs during construction, and the first phase is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.
When completed, the airport will have an additional handling capacity of 10 million passengers each year, increasing its total handling capacity to about 70mppa.
Meanwhile, the construction of the concourse has been designed to be as energy efficient as possible.
For example, more than 1,200sqm of rooftop solar panels will be installed to harness renewable energy.
Elsewhere, more than 80% of the concourse's lighting will be LED lights, and high-performance glazing panels, solar shading and north-facing skylights will be used to maximise natural light and reduce solar heat gain.
The Midfield area is the last piece of land available on the airside for large-scale development on the airport island. It is located to the west of Terminal 1 and between the two existing runways.
Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, chairman of the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), said: "While the phase 1 project development is to help HKIA cope with the increasing passenger traffic and needs for parking stands in the medium term, our efforts to pave the way for our long-term development continue.
“We recently completed the three-month public consultation on the airport's Master Plan 2030, and we remain on course to submit our recommendations to the government before the end of this month."