Skypier

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Skypier
Birdview of Skypier (right)
View of Skypier from AsiaWorld-Expo

Skypier (Chinese: 海天客運碼頭) is a cross-boundary ferry pier integrated within Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, New Territories, Hong Kong. It is operated by Hong Kong International Airport Ferry Terminal Services Limited, a joint-venture company between Chu Kong Passenger Transport Co., Ltd and Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited.[1] At this pier, passengers abroad can transit from Hong Kong International Airport to piers in the Pearl River Delta of Guangdong Province or vice-versa, without immigration and customs clearance through Hong Kong.

History[edit]

It was a local ferry pier called Chek Lap Kok Ferry Pier (赤鱲角渡輪碼頭). It provided a ferry route to Tuen Mun, operated by New World First Ferry. But the route was cancelled and replaced by another route between Tuen Mun and Tung Chung New Development Ferry Pier in 2002, because the Hong Kong Airport Authority took back the pier for its own development.[2][3] The route between Tuen Mun and Tung Chung ceased operation in 2008.[4]

The pier is linked to the airport terminal by an extension of the Hong Kong International Airport Automated People Mover opened in December 2009, enabling travellers using the Skypier to avoid immigration and customs formalities at HKIA, cutting travel times.[5]

Future development[edit]

Hong Kong Government agreed to consider the suggestion for Skypier to provide cross-boundary ferry services to non-transit passengers, in order to complement the development of Tung Chung by creating more business and job opportunities for the local communities.[6] Locates beside AsiaWorld Expo and Hong Kong Skycity Marriott Hotel.,[7] Skypier provides ferry services for transit passengers from Hong Kong International Airport. Architecture firm Aedas designed Skypier [8]

The plan to turn Skypier into a control point was nevertheless shelved.[9]

Ferry Service[edit]

The pier currently provides seven ferry routes to and from individual places in Pearl River Delta.[10] Another one will be launched soon.

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Coordinates: 22°19′07″N 113°56′40″E / 22.3185°N 113.9444°E / 22.3185; 113.9444