Hong Kong Airport is returning to a more normal existence as stores reopen.
Three new flagship stores and the world’s longest airside bridge opened this week as a corner finally turns for Hong Kong’s beleaguered international airport.
Four years of travel disruption in the city and three years of the world’s strictest quarantine restrictions have reduced the once bustling hub airport to a shadow of its former self. At times passenger levels were so low residents began to wonder if it was still a working airport or just another Hong Kong abandoned village.
However, with hotel quarantine now scrapped and airlines beginning to return, it’s hoped the airport’s fortunes are starting to revive.
This week the airport unveiled a brand new Sky Bridge linking Terminal 1 with the Terminal 1 satellite concourse. The 200m long bridge replaces the shuttle bus service and is the longest airside bridge in the world. But don’t panic, it also has an automated walkway for luggage-laden passengers.
At 28m it’s high enough to allow the largest planes to pass underneath. Time your crossing right because with a glass floor, it should be quite an experience watching an A380 taxi beneath your feet. The bridge also has an observation deck and a catering outlet.
Meanwhile over in the shopping zone, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes have opened flagship stores this month. They join Burberry, Cartier, Gucci, Omega, Prada and Tiffany & Co, who have all reopened their stores, along with the duty free outlets. The three new shops can be found in the airport’s recently refurbished East Hall Luxury Zone.
More high-end airport boutiques than you can throw a gold card at? Hong Kong’s definitely back in the travel room.
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