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The evolution of Beijing Capital International Airport

I first visited China back in 1998, and the difference at Beijing Capital International Airport between then and now is massive. Photo by AcidBomber, via Wikimedia Commons When I first flew into Beijing in 1998, there was only a single […]

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Gate numbering at Hong Kong International Airport

Gate numbers at airports is something taken as a given by passengers – you get told which one your flight is leaving from, and you make sure you get there on time! However the other day I was taking a […]

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Bridging a taxiway at Hong Kong Airport

In 2017 the Hong Kong Airport Authority announced an interesting project – a bridge so tall that double decker A380 ‘super jumbo’ jets could pass under. The South China Morning Post had this to say on the proposal. Boarding a […]

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Closure of Kai Tak Airport and the transfer to Chek Lap Kok

The closure of Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport in 1998 and the overnight switch to the new airport at Chek Lap Kok always intrigued me – how did they manage such a massive move?

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Kai Tak Airport arrival in 1998

My first visit to Hong Kong was in February 1998 – a few months after the territory had been handed back to Mainland China, but while the world renowned Kai Tai Airport was still open to passengers. Here is a YouTube video showing the hair raising approach to the airport.

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