Travellers heading to Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) via the newly opened Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) can now check-in to flights at the bridge’s boundary crossing facilities before they arrive at the airport terminals.
The new Hong Kong Check-in Service Centre is situated in the arrival hall of the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities, and features check-in counters as well as smart check-in kiosks that provide travellers with boarding passes and luggage check-in. This enables travellers to then continue on with their journey to the airport terminals luggage-free.
Currently, the service is only available for the city’s four home-based carriers – Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Airlines and HK Express. Facilities are open from 0700 until 2230 each day.
Check-in facilities are now available at the border crossing facilities in Hong Kong and Zhuhai, while a similar service is scheduled to become operational at the Macau boundary crossing facilities in the first quarter of 2019.
“With these check-in services at the HZMB’s three boundary crossing facilities, passengers can enjoy a hassle-free journey when travelling to various destinations around the world via HKIA,” said Steven Yiu, the Airport Authority of Hong Kong’s deputy director of service delivery.
“Leveraging HKIA’s advantageous geographical location as a gateway to the Mainland, we will continue to strengthen our multi-modal transportation services, striving to offer HKIA’s extensive connectivity to passengers travelling to and from cities throughout the Pearl River Delta region and beyond.”
Further down the line, a new Intermodal Transfer Terminal is also set to be developed. Opening in 2022, the terminal will be linked to the Hong Kong Border Crossing Facilities via a bonded vehicular bridge. This will enable travellers completing check-in procedures in Macau and the Mainland to undergo border clearance procedures at the border crossing facilities in Hong Kong and then proceed directly to their boarding gates.
Following a number of delays, the new HZMB officially opened earlier this week and at 55 kilometres in length has claimed the title for the world’s longest cross-sea bridge.
Business Traveller took an in-depth look at what the mammoth bridge could mean for the Greater Bay Area earlier this year.