Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has handed over the second of two sites at Hong Kong International Airport, China, designated for the development of retail, dining and entertainment (RDE) facilities for its SkyCity destination project.
The handover marked another milestone in the SkyCity development – a core element of AAHK’s vision for an airport city. The first site for developing the RDE facilities was handed to developer Roxy, a subsidiary of New World Development, in May 2018.
Fred Lam, CEO at HKAA, said, “We are thankful for the government’s full support to the aviation industry and airport development in recent years, making it possible for us to formulate and implement the vision to transform Hong Kong International into an airport city, including the SkyCity development which has crossed another milestone.”
The 25ha SkyCity is located just a short walk from the airport’s passenger terminals, and is conveniently accessible by rail, road and a network of footbridges.
Scheduled to be opened in phases from 2023 to 2027, the RDE facilities will cover a total floor area of 350,000m² (3,770,000ft²). Leveraging state-of-the-art technology and creativity to develop unique dining, entertainment and retail elements, and combining experiences in learning, exploration and adventure, the project is poised to be the largest facility of its kind in Hong Kong.
With an investment of HK$20bn (US$2.6bn) by New World Development, the RDE facilities in SkyCity will introduce an array of leading international brands to the city along with new experience-based entertainment such as Hong Kong’s first indoor and outdoor kart track, AR and VR interactive game facilities and kids experiential zone.