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Airport Authority Hong Kong construction of SkyPlaza goes full steam ahead


 Hong Kong (Airport Authority of Hong Kong) - The construction and development of SkyPlaza, the extended passenger facility of the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), has reached another milestone following the topping-out of its main building.

Connected to the existing terminal building with a People Mover system, SkyPlaza will become a fusion point for multi-modal transportation centre linking Hong Kong with the Mainland.

Airport Authority (AA)'s Commercial Director Mr Hans Bakker said, "The topping-out marked a milestone in the development of SkyPlaza project, which will become the world's centre of attention and a focal point of activities that will help reinforce HKIA's role as an international aviation hub. "Targeted for completion in mid 2006, SkyPlaza will serve to facilitate the interflow of sea, land and air passenger traffic generated by the opening of Disneyland and the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition centre."

Chun Wo's Group Managing Director, Mr Clement Kwok stated, "SkyPlaza project finished its milestone work within the timeframe of the plan. This shows good cooperation and team spirits between business partners including the contractor, consultants and Airport Authority."

With a gross floor area of 140,000 square metres, SkyPlaza will house various passenger facilities as well as a variety of entertainment, retail and catering amenities aiming at creating an entirely new airport experience for passengers, meeters and greeters, and the airport community.

The project has received enthusiastic response from top retail and catering brands from all over the world, including a number of international jewellery and leather brands and a well known French infant products manufacturer who will come to Hong Kong for the first time at SkyPlaza.

Also officiating at the topping-out ceremony on 29 August were AA's Airport Management Director, Mr Howard Eng, representatives from the project contractors, including Group Chairman of Chun Wo, Dr Pang Kam Chun and Mr Yoji Okumura of Fujita Corporation. SkyPlaza is one of the largest building projects in Hong Kong. Construction works commenced in December last year, and has proceeded with full steam ahead within a matter of nine months.

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