Work on Sky Bridge at HKIA achieves major milestone

The main structure of Sky Bridge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been placed onto its final position, concluding the prefabrication phase of its construction programme to mark an important project milestone. 

Expected to be the world’s longest airside bridge upon completion, which would allow the largest passenger aircraft (the A380) to pass underneath, the 200-m-long Sky Bridge will connect Terminal 1 and the North Satellite Concourse to reduce travelling time between the two buildings; passengers will no longer need to shuttle by buses. The Sky Bridge will also provide excellent views of the apron, further enhancing passengers’ airport experience.

The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) said to minimise impact on HKIA’s busy operations, the Sky Bridge was prefabricated in Zhongshan, mainland China. Three precast segments were transported to the assembly yard in the midfield area of HKIA from September to October 2019. The segments were then assembled to form the main structure of the bridge.

On 9 January 2020, the main structure of the bridge - weighing over 5,000 t - was transported over 3 km on HKIA’s apron from the assembly yard to the bridge’s final position. It was then erected on the bridge towers on 10 January 2020.

“We are pleased with the successful delivery of Sky Bridge’s main structure, which concludes the prefabrication phase of its construction on schedule,” said Ricky Leung, executive director of engineering & technology at Airport Authority Hong Kong. “This also marks the first time HKIA has transported such a mega structure within the apron area.”

Mr Leung added, “Employing great skill and techniques, the project team transported the gigantic structure by sea and along the apron. I must thank the project team, the participating teams at the AA and all the other parties who contributed to such an efficient delivery, while maintaining smooth operations of the airport.”

With the Sky Bridge’s main structure now in place, installation of facilities and renovation works will begin. The Sky Bridge is scheduled to commence operation in mid-2020.

All images: Airport Authority Hong Kong