Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) announced that the extension of Terminal 1 (T1) at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been scheduled to commence operation on November 29th.
The expanded area adds a new Aisle L, with 48 check-in counters, and brings the total number of check-in counters in T1 to 369. The number of smart check-in kiosks in T1 will also increase to over 100 at the departure level.
Together with the opening of the T1 extension, Terminal 2 (T2) will be decommissioned temporarily for expansion as part of the Three-runway System (3RS) project.
Check-in counters at T2 will suspend operations at around 23:00 on November 28th; after that, the check-in service for all airlines will be conducted in T1. Currently, only three airlines, Eastar Jet (ZE), Jeju Air (7C) and Jetstar Japan (GK), operate check-in counters in T2.
Ancillary services currently provided in T2, including the lost and found office and baggage storage service, will be relocated to T1 and start operation on November 29th. The new ticketing counters, for cross-boundary limousine and coach service, will be relocated to the Arrivals level of the T1 extension area and open on the same day. Two additional baggage reclaim carousels in the restricted area at Arrivals level, catering kiosks and offices will commence operation in phases.
Signage and notices will be updated, whilst additional manpower will be deployed to assist passengers.
The decommissioned T2 is expected to reopen in 2024 after the expansion, along with the commissioning of the entire 3RS. T2 will then be a full-service terminal, providing both arrivals and departure services.