Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG, ICAO: VHHH) is the main airport in Hong Kong. It is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok, which is
largely reclaimed for the construction of the airport itself. The airport is also colloquially known as Chek Lap Kok Airport to distinguish
it from its predecessor, the closed Kai Tak Airport.
Hong Kong International Airport covers an area of 1,255 hectares (4.85 sq mi). The airport has a total of 66 boarding gates, with 66 jet bridge gates
(1–4, 15–71, 501–510) and seven virtual gates (511–513, 521–524) which are used as assembly points for passengers, who are then ferried to the aircraft by
apron buses. Of the 66 jet bridges, five (Gates 15,23,60,62,64) are capable of handling the Airbus A380, the current users of which are Singapore
Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, British Airways, Asiana Airlines, and Air France. Previous users were Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, and China Southern Airlines.
HKIA is an important contributor to Hong Kong's economy, with approximately 60,000 employees. About 90 airlines operate flights from the airport to over
150 cities across the globe. In 2013 HKIA handled 59.9 million passengers, making it the 11th busiest airport worldwide by passenger traffic.