Cheap Flights to Hong Kong

The population density of Hong Kong, along with its designation as a major center of tourism, commerce, transportation, and entertainment, means that it needs a major international airport that can handle all the traffic. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) doesn’t disappoint, and today it is the world’s busiest airport for cargo and handles more commercial passenger traffic than virtually any other airport in the world. Almost 70 million people pass through this airport every year and daily operations require 65,000 employees. Locals refer to it as Chek Lap Kok Airport to distinguish it from the old Kai Tak Airport, which closed down several years ago. There are currently no other public airports in Hong Kong, other than a few helipads and army air bases, so the folks at HKG have their work cut out for them.

What to expect when arriving in Hong Kong

This is a big airport that consists of different terminals, concourses, and other buildings, and you might feel overwhelmed upon arrival. There is plenty of signage in multiple languages to help you out, and the arrivals area is equipped with a “meet and greet” system that consists of plasma big-screen TVs that can help you find your family and friends.

  • Terminal One is the third largest passenger terminal in the world, behind Beijing and Dubai. It contains the SkyMart shopping mall and is quite spacious, taking up more than 500,000 square meters.
  • Terminal Two has no gates or other departure facilities, and functions as a check-in area for departing passengers. Another mall, the SkyPlaza, is also included in this terminal.
  • North Satellite Concourse was specially designed for narrow-body aircraft and is equipped with jet bridges, unlike some other parts of the airport. A shuttle bus runs between here and Terminal one every four minutes.
  • Corporate and Civil Offices for commercial airlines and city services make their home at HKG. Cathay Pacific and Air Hong Kong have their corporate headquarters here, and the local Civil Aviation Department has its main office here as well.

Airlines that fly to Hong Kong

Virtually every airline in the world, whether it’s a regular service or low-cost airline, has a presence here. Direct flights are available from Vancouver and Toronto to Hong Kong from a few different carriers, and there are several more airlines that offer connecting service from other locations.

  • Cathay Pacific and its other brand, Cathay Dragon, dominate the field at this airport, which it also uses as one of its major hubs. Fly directly from Vancouver or Toronto on this upscale airline, which has a reputation for refined service.
  • Hong Kong Airlines comes in at a close second behind Cathay in terms of destinations served to and from HKG. Routes concentrate on the eastern corner of the globe, with several destinations throughout Asia, along with service to Auckland and Vancouver.
  • Air Canada can take you from YVR or YYZ directly to Hong Kong. The airline offers also connecting flights from several other Canadian destinations but requires a stopover in other cities.

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