Kai Tak Airport

Kai Tak Airport in 1998, the morning after its closure
The airport was surrounded by high-rise buildings. The airport car park is at the centre, and offices are on the right of the photograph.
Aerial view of the airport in 1971, three years before the 1974 extension.
Airport forecourt.
Departure hall of Kai Tak Airport.
Northwest Cargo 747-200F landing.
Layout of Kai Tak Airport prior to its 1998 closure
An Air France Boeing 747-400 passing above the very crowded Kowloon City during its approach and landing.
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-200 (B-HNC) on final approach to Kai Tak runway 13, overflying Kowloon at low altitude.
A Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-300 landing at Kai Tak Airport runway 13
"Checkerboard Hill", which was a major navigational aid for the Runway 13 approach, as seen from Kowloon Tsai Park.
Hong Kong Aviation Club building at the former Kai Tak Airport, with the headquarters of the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps
China Airlines Flight 605 crashed into Victoria Harbour after it failed to stop on the runway during a typhoon
Aerial view of the Kai Tak Development site in 2017
Ka Ching Estate is the first housing estate to be built on the old Kai Tak Airport site. It is located on the north eastern side of the site, where the maintenance area was located
Kai Tak Runway Park with its former runway number: 13

The international airport of Hong Kong from 1925 until 1998.

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Kowloon Bay

Body of water within Victoria Harbour and an area within Kowloon, Hong Kong.

A panoramic view of Kowloon Bay reclamation (left) and Ngau Tau Kok (right) across from it. The old Kai Tak Airport runway is on the left.
High-rise office buildings in Kowloon Bay
Telford Gardens
The skyline of Kowloon Bay
A 1915 topographical map of Kowloon Bay, Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Harbour. Kowloon Bay is located in the upper right part of the map.

The bay was divided into half when the 13/31 runway of the former Kai Tak International Airport was constructed in the middle of the bay in the mid-1950s.


Urban area in Hong Kong comprising the Kowloon Peninsula and New Kowloon.

Kowloon c. 1868, depicting the Qing-era Kowloon Walled City and Lion Rock (in the background)
Map of Kowloon in 1915
Hong Kong's old airport, Kai Tak, was located in Kowloon Bay.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom
King George V School, Homantin
Western Harbour Crossing, one of the tunnels that link Kowloon with Hong Kong Island
Urban Council Centenary Garden fountain, Tsim Sha Tsui
Maze Garden, Kowloon Park, Tsim Sha Tsui
An Air France Boeing 747 passing above Kowloon, prior to landing at the old airport in 1998.
Star Ferry Pier, with the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower in the background.
Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre
Night view of Kowloon from Hong Kong Island

Large-scale development of Kowloon began in the early 20th century, with the construction of the Kowloon-Canton Railway and the Kowloon Wharf, but because of the close proximity of Kowloon's built-up area to Kai Tak Airport, building construction was limited by flight paths.

Kowloon City

Area in New Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Aerial view of Kowloon City
Low-flying aircraft were a common sight in Kowloon City before the relocation of Hong Kong's airport

The passenger terminal of Kai Tak Airport, a defunct airport

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong's main airport, built on reclaimed land on the island of Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong.

View of the airport from the Ngong Ping 360 cable car
A front view of Hong Kong Airport
The exterior of Hong Kong International Airport at night
Airport Layout (as of July 2019)
The airport control tower and a taxiing Cathay Pacific Cargo Boeing 747-8F
The view of the airport from the control tower, with an EVA Air Boeing 747 on a nearby taxiway
The interior of the airport control tower
Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre
Terminal 1
Baggage Reclaim Hall
SuperTerminal 1
Asia Airfreight Terminal
DHL Central Asia Hub
Cross-boundary coach bus terminal located in terminal 2
Airport Express, which connects the airport and the central business district of Central.
Airport Express connecting between the airport and the central business district of Central.
Airport Express – Airport station
Terminal 1 Departures Hall entrance
The interior of Terminal 1 at night
Check-in counters at Terminal 1
Level 5 – Arrivals Hall
SkyPlaza at the Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2 ceiling
SkyPlaza at the Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2
SkyPlaza, Hong Kong International Airport (Hong Kong)
Exterior view of Hong Kong Airport Satellite Terminal. Connection by airport shuttle bus to main terminal travelling along marked roadway at bottom left.
Interior view of Satellite Terminal, Hong Kong Airport. Escalator leads up from bus connection to main terminal building.
Interior view of Satellite Terminal, Hong Kong Airport. Central internet kiosk with coffee shop behind.
thumb|SkyBridge connecting Terminal 1 with North Satellite Concourse
Aerial view of Midfield Concourse, Hong Kong International Airport.
Interior view of Midfield Concourse
Interior view of sitting area
Interior view of Automated People Mover Platform
Control tower seen from a taxiing aircraft
Super Terminal 1
View of the outside (seen from the control tower)

The airport is also referred to as Chek Lap Kok International Airport or Chek Lap Kok Airport, to distinguish it from its predecessor, the former Kai Tak International Airport.

Instrument landing system

Radio navigation system that provides short-range guidance to aircraft to allow them to approach a runway at night or in bad weather.

Diagram of an instrument landing system (ILS) approach
View of the primary component of the ILS, the localizer, which provides lateral guidance. The transmitter and antenna are on the centerline at the opposite end of the runway from the approach threshold. Photo of Indra's Normarc localizer, taken at the runway 06L of the Montréal–Trudeau International Airport, Canada.
ILS planes
Common type of illustration showing misleading examples of ILS localizer and glideslope emissions.
The localizer station for runway 27R at Hannover Airport in Germany
Glide slope station for runway 09R at Hannover Airport in Germany
Given this display, the pilot must correct to the left and a little upwards.
blue outer marker
amber middle marker
white inner marker
Taxiway signs indicating the ILS category of a runway as CAT II/III
Cockpit view of a CAT IIIA landing (autoland)
Luftwaffe AFN 2 indicator, built 1943

Instrument guidance system (IGS) (localizer type directional aid (LDA) in the United States) – a modified ILS to accommodate a non-straight approach; the most famous example was for the approach to runway 13 at Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific

Flag carrier of Hong Kong, with its head office and main hub located at Hong Kong International Airport.

A Douglas DC-3 named Betsy, Cathay Pacific's first aircraft, in the Hong Kong Science Museum.
Niki, a DC-3 painted to imitate the appearance of the carrier's second aircraft, outside Cathay City
A Cathay Pacific Convair 880, as operated from 1964 until 1974.
A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar at Osaka International Airport in 1972–1994 livery with the British Union Flag and the logo of parent company Swire.
Cathay Pacific operated three Airbus A340-600s from 2002 to 2009.
A Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
A Dragonair Airbus A320-200.
A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER arrives at London Heathrow Airport (2015).
A Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 at Singapore Changi Airport.
Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon aircraft at Hong Kong International Airport.
Cathay City, the airline's head office, located at Hong Kong International Airport.
A Boeing 777-300ER painted in the 1994–2015 livery landing at Hong Kong International Airport.
A Boeing 777-300ER in the current 2015 livery taking off from Zurich Airport.
A Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000 XWB taking off from Hong Kong International Airport.
The Wing, Cathay Pacific's flagship airline lounge, located at Chek Lap Kok International Airport.
Self-check-in kiosks at Chek Lap Kok Airport.
A First Class seat on board a Boeing 777-300ER.
Business Class cabin on board an Airbus A330-300.
New Premium Economy seats on the Airbus A350-900 XWB.
Economy Class cabin on a Boeing 777-300ER.
A fruit and cheese course served in First Class.
A starter served in Cathay Pacific's Business Class.
B-HLL, the Airbus A330 involved in the Flight 780 Incident.

On Monday, 6 July 1998, Cathay Pacific terminated flights from Kai Tak International Airport to London Heathrow Airport after over 73 years of operation.

Hong Kong

City and special administrative region of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta in South China.

Hong Kong in 1868, photograph by John Thomson
British Hong Kong flag from 1959 to 1997
Since 2012, the legislature has met in the Tamar Legislative Council Complex.
The Court of Final Appeal Building formerly housed the Supreme Court and the Legislative Council.
2019–2020 Hong Kong protests
Areas of urban development and vegetation are visible in this satellite image.
A residential building in Quarry Bay
2016 population pyramid
Wong Tai Sin Temple is dedicated to the Taoist deity Wong Tai Sin
Hong Kong is one of the world's busiest container ports
A proportional representation of Hong Kong exports, 2019
Former trading floor of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Entrance to the Cross-Harbour Tunnel in Hung Hom, Kowloon
MTR train on the Tung Chung line
Statue of Bruce Lee on the Avenue of Stars, a tribute to the city's film industry
The Hong Kong Sevens, considered the premier tournament of the World Rugby Sevens Series, is played each spring.
Old campus of St. Paul's College, the first school established in the colonial era
University of Hong Kong main building
TVB City, headquarters of Hong Kong's first over-the-air television station

Kai Tak Airport began operation in 1924, and the colony avoided a prolonged economic downturn after the 1925–26 Canton–Hong Kong strike.

Chek Lap Kok

Island in the western waters of Hong Kong's New Territories.

Map showing the reclaimed land of Lantau Island, Lam Chau and Chek Lap Kok.
View of the Airport Island Angle Station of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car system built on Scenic Hill, the unlevelled peninsula in the south of Chek Lap Kok.
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thumb|Rebuilt Tin Hau Temple in the new Chek Lap Kok Village.

The airport is popularly referred to as Chek Lap Kok Airport to distinguish it from the former Hong Kong International Airport, now commonly known as Kai Tak Airport.

RAF Kai Tak

Station badge
1983, a Westland Wessex HC.2 of No. 28 Squadron RAF, normally based at RAF Sek Kong, taking off from Kai Tak during "SAREX '83" - a search and rescue exercise.
Former Headquarters Building, along Kwun Tong Road.
Air-raid shelter in the former Officers' Quarters Compound.

RAF Kai Tak was a Royal Air Force station in Hong Kong, based at Kai Tak Airport.

Cathay Dragon

Hong Kong-based international regional airline, with its corporate headquarters and main hub at Hong Kong International Airport.

Dragonair's logo from 1985 to 2016
A Dragonair Airbus A330-300 in the 1992-2016 livery
A Dragonair Airbus A320-200 taxiing
Cathay Dragon House, the head office at Hong Kong International Airport
Dragonair Boeing 747-400BCF Freighter
Airbus A330-300 in special 20th Anniversary livery at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport
Boeing 737-200 on final approach at Kai Tak Airport in original livery
Airbus A330-300 wearing the new livery released in 2016
Business class cabin of Cathay Dragon
Cathay Dragon economy class cabin

It started operations in July 1985 with a Boeing 737-200 service from Kai Tak International Airport to Kota Kinabalu International Airport in Malaysia, after receiving an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from the Hong Kong Government.