Your Guide to Hong Kong International (VHHH) [Presented by Cathay Pacific Virtual Airlines]

A Comprehensive Guide to Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH)

Brought to you by Cathay Pacific Virtual Airlines

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Completed in 1998 following a large-scale land reclamation project, the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA, ICAO code: VHHH) serves as the main hub airport for Hong Kong. The airport remains to this day the busiest cargo hub and one of the largest passenger airports, with Cathay Pacific operating from HKIA as Hong Kong’s flag carrier. It replaced Hong Kong’s former airport, Kai Tak Airport (now a cruise ship terminal), which was renowned for its harrowing approaches through the city but was ultimately limited in capacity. In 2019 alone, the airport handled 71.5 million passengers, 4.8 million tonnes of cargo and connected to 220 destinations worldwide.

This airport guide is brought to you by Cathay Pacific Virtual Airlines, in anticipation of HKIA becoming 3D. Each section contains important information that we recommend you read through.


Airport Layout

The following diagram shows the different sections of HKIA.

Figure 1.1 The different aprons and sections of the airport

Colour Section
Blue Passengers
Orange Cargo
Red General Aviation

While HKIA nominally operates two terminals, only Terminal 1 has gates attached serving commercial aircraft. Terminal 2, which has been temporarily closed for expansion since 2019, was only ever used for check-in and does not include any gates. There is no distinction between domestic flights or international flights at HKIA, since at present Hong Kong only operates one commercial airport and thus all commercial flights are considered international.

For help differentiating between the different aprons, refer to the diagram above.

There are two separate concourses, named the “North Satellite Concourse” (NSC) and “Mid-field Concourse” (MFC) belonging to Terminal 1, which are connected via an underground metro.

Passenger terminal buildings

Figure 1.2 Passenger terminal buildings


Parking

All gates that are connected to Terminal 1’s main terminal can accommodate narrow-body and wide-body aircraft. However, once one of the 747s and A380s are parked at these gates, the gates next to them will not be used until the departure of the aircraft. Documents currently in force no longer states which parking stands serve the A380, however it could be assumed to be Gates 5, 15, 23, 60, 62, 64 and 211.

Most remote parking stands in the North and South aprons can also accommodate narrow and wide body aircrafts, with the following exceptions: Gates S109, N145 and W126.

Parking stands which accommodate narrow-body aircrafts will have a separate parking stand location to the left or right of the centreline for wide-body aircrafts, and is indicated by a dashed yellow guidance line. Such parking stands are denoted with an “L” or “R” suffix.

Parking areas not mentioned here can be assumed to mostly be for storage purposes only and pilots should normally not park at those areas. (Maintenance Apron, West Cargo Apron, Mid-field Apron excluding Mid-field Concourse, and Government Flying Service)

Refer to the graphs below in this section for parking gate numbers.

Which gates to use

This section will be broken down by building, namely the Terminal 1 Main Building, Midfield Concourse (locally known as Gates 200), North Satellite Concourse (locally known as Gates 500), Cargo Terminal and General Aviation Hangars.

Terminal 1 Main Building

Figure 2.1 T1 Main Building

Airlines that fly from Terminal 1 Main Building:

  • All Airlines Not Labelled in the Other Buildings

Where to park?:

  • Gates 1-4 (The Black Box):
    • Cathay Pacific, mostly. These gates are used only for the busiest and highest earning routes by Cathay Pacific as it is right next to their most prestigious airline lounge “The Wing”, the routes that frequent these Gates are Cathay Pacific flights from Hong Kong to London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Johannesburg and Tokyo.
  • Gates 5-9 (The Yellow Box):
    • Asiana
    • British Airways
    • Cathay Dragon (rebranded from Dragonair)
    • Cathay Pacific
    • Qantas
    • Royal Jordanian
    • Skyteam (Excluding Garuda Indonesia and China Airlines). This is due to the proximity of the shared Skyteam lounge that overlooks this wing of the terminal.
  • Gates 10, 12, 14, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34 (The Pink Box):
    • ANA, during daytime
    • British Airways at Gates 26, 28 & 30
    • Cathay Pacific
    • EVA Air
    • Garuda Indonesia at Gate 22
    • Qantas, during evening rush hour
    • Singapore Airlines at Gates 26, 30 & 32
  • Gates 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35 (The Orange Box):
    • Air Astana
    • Air India at Gates 27 & 31
    • Air New Zealand at Gates 27 & 31
    • Cathay Pacific
    • China Airlines at Gates 21, 23 & 25
    • MIAT Mongolian
    • Qantas
    • Singapore Airlines at Gate 25
  • Gates 101-111 (The Blue Box):
    • Cathay Dragon (Rebranded from Dragonair)
    • Mandarin Airlines
    • Any aircraft smaller than an A320 would also end up here. An example of this is when China Eastern sends their A319-100.
  • Gates 41-71 (The Green Box):
    • Air Busan
    • Air China
    • Air India
    • Air Mauritius
    • Air Niugini
    • Bangkok Airways
    • Cambodia Airways
    • Air New Zealand
    • Biman Bangladesh Airlines
    • Emirates at Gates 60, 62 & 64
    • El Al at Gate 45
    • Egypt Air
    • Ethiopian Airlines
    • Etihad Airways
    • EVA Air
    • Fiji Airways
    • Lanmei Airways
    • Pacific Airlines
    • Qatar Airways used to fly with Emirates but during COVID they started flying from the gates opposite the BA ones. So your choice on that one
    • Royal Jordanian
    • S7 Airlines
    • Singapore Airlines
    • SriLankan Airlines
    • Swiss Airlines
    • Turkish Airlines
    • United Airlines
    • Xiamen Airlines
    • All other airlines not listed anywhere else should park here.

North Satellite Concourse

Figure 2.2 Terminal 1 North Satellite Concourse

Note: Gates at North Satellite Concourse can only accept narrowbody aircraft

Airlines that fly from Gates 13-21

  • Cathay Dragon A321-200 & A320-200 (Cathay Dragon A330-300’s depart from Terminal 1 Main Building)

  • VietjetAir

  • China Eastern Airlines

  • China Southern Airlines

  • Philippine Airlines A321-200 & A320-200

Where to park?:

  • None of the gates at this terminal are claimed or regularly service the same airline. If you are flying any of the aforementioned airlines, you can park at any of these gates.

Mid-field Concourse

Figure 2.3 Terminal 1 Mid-field Concourse

Airlines that fly from Gates 200

  • Hong Kong Airlines

  • Hong Kong Express

  • Jeju Air

  • AirAsia

  • Malaysia Airlines

  • Royal Brunei Airlines

  • Scoot

  • Myanmar National Airlines

  • Jetstar Japan

  • Air Asia X

  • Cebu Pacific

  • Peach Aviation

  • Malindo Air

  • Spring Airlines

  • T’Way Air

  • Philippine Airlines (except A320 & A321)

  • Spicejet

  • Indigo

Where to park?

  • None of the gates at this terminal are claimed or regularly service the same airline. If you are flying any of the mentioned airlines, you can park at any of these gates. However, AirAsia and AirAsia X have been known to frequent the gates that face towards Terminal 1’s Main Building with the tails turned against the main terminal.

Cargo Terminal

Figure 2.4 Cargo Terminal

Airlines that fly from the Cargo Terminal

  • All Cargo Airlines

Where to park?

  • None of the parking spaces at the Cargo Terminal are claimed or regularly service the same airline.

General Aviation

General Aviation/Business Aviation Centre

Figure 2.5 General Aviation/Business Aviation Centre

Airlines that fly from the General Aviation Hangars

  • All General Aviation

Where to park?

  • Wherever your GA aircraft can fit!

Pushback Procedures

The majority of parking stands have two standard pushback procedures, BLUE and RED. Normally it involves pushing to the taxiway abeam an adjacent parking stand, though some procedures involve extending the pushback to a Tug Stop Point clear of any critical areas. Some parking stands also include a GREEN “Push-back/Tow-forward” pushback procedure.

North, South and West Aprons (Main Terminal Building & North Satellite Concourse)

Figure 3.1 Pushback procedures for main terminal building & NSC gates (BLUE EXCLUDED)

See Figure 3.2 for BLUE pushback procedures.

Figure 3.2 Pushback procedures for main terminal building & NSC gates (RED EXCLUDED)

See Figure 3.1 for RED pushback procedures.

Engine Restrictions (Gates S103, S108 & W123): During pushback from either of these gates, if pushback involves a 180-degree turn, then only one engine may be started during the pushback.


Mid-field Apron (including Mid-field Concourse)

Figure 3.3 Pushback procedures for mid-field concourse & mid-field apron stands


Maintenance Apron and West Cargo Apron

Figure 3.4 Pushback procedures for maintenance and west cargo apron stands


Cargo Apron

Figure 3.5 Pushback procedures for cargo apron stands


Taxiway Usage

Figure 4.1 Taxiway layout (coloured)

Figure 4.2 Common taxiway routes

All aircraft will taxi from North to South when taxiing to parking after landing or taxiing to the runway for takeoff. Due to the runway usage procedures (see “Runways” section below) it is improbable for an aircraft to have to head from South to North.

Taxiing from the North side of the airport to the South.

There are two taxiways that are used by aircraft to move from the North side of the airport to the South, these are Taxiway V (Red Line) and Taxiway W (Blue Line).

Between Taxiway V and Taxiway W, the direction you will be turning once reaching the South side will decide which taxiway to use. If you are heading West (turning right) when arriving on the South side you will use taxiway V (Red Line) to taxi, equally, if you are going to be heading East (turning left) when arriving on the South side you would use Taxiway W (Blue Line). This is indicated by the arrows in the chart.


Taxiway routes to runway entrances for Runway 07R/25L

Unlike many airports, Hong Kong has specific taxiways that must be used by departing aircraft depending on the size of the aircraft.

  • Widebody Aircraft must use Taxiway H (Yellow Line) when taxiing to the runway. Once at the runway the widebody aircraft will proceed to use Taxiway J1 (Can be seen on the Yellow Line) when entering runway 07R and Taxiway J11 (Can be seen on Yellow Line) when entering Runway 25L.

  • Narrowbody Aircraft must use Taxiway J (Purple Line) when taxiing to the runway. Once at the runway the narrowbody aircraft will proceed to use Taxiway J2 (Can be seen on the Purple Line) when entering runway 07R and Taxiway J10 (Can be seen on the Purple Line) when entering Runway 25L.


Taxiing to the Cargo Terminal & General Aviation Parking

Once a cargo or GA aircraft has found its way to runway 07R/25L and is ready to cross the runway to the cargo terminal, the aircraft will follow all previous taxi procedures and turn onto Taxiway J6 and exit the runway using K4 (Green Line) which is perfectly in the middle of the runway and is the only crossing point where both runway entrances line up. When taking off this is not used as departing Cargo or GA aircraft do not cross the runway, they will remain on the South side of runway 07R/25L and taxi to the respective runway.


Taxiways available to the A380

Figure 4.3 Taxiways available to the A380


Runways

The aerodrome elevation of HKIA is 28ft.

Runway Dimensions Runway Heading ILS Equipped
07R/25L 12,467ft x 197ft (3,800m x 60m) 073º/253º Yes (CAT II)
07L/25R 12,467ft x 197ft (3,800m x 60m) 073º/253º Yes (07L CAT II, 25R CAT IIIA)

When both runways are in use, 07R/25L (aka “South Runway”) shall be designated as the departure runway while 07L/25R (aka “North Runway”, soon to be “Centre Runway”) shall be designated as the arrival runway. However, in some instances cargo flights may be permitted to land on the south runway due to its relative proximity to the cargo apron, only between the hours of 2300 and 0600 local time. In the event of an emergency this is flexible to change. Despite runway 07L/25R having departure procedures, these are only to be used in the emergency event that 07R/25L is not in use.

The use of runways 07R and 07L is always preferred, provided the tailwind component does not exceed 10kts.

A Rapid Exit Taxiway (RET) is available for each runway, where aircrafts are able to exit the runway at approximately 50 knots upon arrival. The designated RETs are: A7 (RWY 07L); A6 (RWY 25R); K5 (RWY 07R) and K3 (RWY 25L) (refer to Figure 4.1). The benchmark Runway Occupancy Time of Arrivals is currently set to be 50 seconds.

Aerodrome Operating Minima

Takeoff: 200m Runway Visual Range (RVR)

Landing:

Decision Height RVR
CAT II 100ft 300m
CAT IIIA 50ft 175m

Departure, Arrival and Approach Procedures

Charts for departure, arrival and approach procedures can be found at: https://www.hkatc.gov.hk/HK_AIP/supp/A04-15.pdf

(Future-proofing: SID & STAR charts for new North Runway: https://www.ais.gov.hk/HKAIP/supp/03-22.pdf ; approach charts for new North Runway: https://www.ais.gov.hk/HKAIP/supp/02-22.pdf)

Departure

Terrain Clearance Requirements

As HKIA is situated next to the mountainous Lantau Island, with Launch Peak having a peak altitude of 3,064ft, the following procedures shall be followed by departing aircrafts to avoid terrain:

Runway Flyover Point Rate of Climb
07L Do NOT turn right before passing ROVER 250ft/NM until passing 1,4000ft
07R Do NOT turn right before passing PORPA 298ft/NM until passing 1,400ft
25L & 25R Do NOT turn left before passing PRAWN 201ft/NM

SID Procedures

SID Rwy Climb Requirement Terrain Clearance Speed Restriction Time of use
ATENA 2A 07R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PORPA at 5,000ft or below. Cross BEKOL at 15700ft or above. Minimum climb gradient of 4.9% until 1,400ft. 180KIAS or greater at PORPA and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
ATENA 2C 07L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross ROVER at 5,000ft or below. Cross BEKOL at 15700ft or above. Minimum climb gradient of 4.1% until 1,400ft. 180KIAS or greater at ROVER and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
ATENA 1E 07R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PORPA at 5,000ft or below. Cross BEKOL at 15700ft or above. Minimum climb gradient of 4.9% until 1,400ft. 180KIAS or greater at PORPA and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
ATENA 1F 07L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross ROVER at 5,000ft or below. Cross BEKOL at 15700ft or above. Minimum climb gradient of 4.1% until 1,400ft. 180KIAS or greater at ROVER and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
BEKOL 3A 07R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PORPA at 5,000ft or below. Cross BEKOL at 15700ft or above. Minimum climb gradient of 4.9% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at PORPA and 220KIAS until TD DVOR Outside of 1501-2300 UTC
BEKOL 3C 07L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross ROVER at 5,000ft or below. Cross BEKOL at 15700ft or above. Minimum climb gradient of 4.1% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at ROVER and 220KIAS until TD DVOR Outside of 1501-2300 UTC
BEKOL 2B 25L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PRAWN at 5,000ft or below. Cross BEKOL at 15700ft or above. Minimum climb gradient of 3.3%. 205KIAS or greater at PRAWN and 230KIAS until RUMSY Any time of day
BEKOL 2D 25R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PRAWN at 5,000ft or below. Cross BEKOL at 15700ft or above. Minimum climb gradient of 3.3%. 205KIAS or greater at PRAWN and 230KIAS until RUMSY Any time of day
LAKES 3A 07R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PORPA at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.9% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at PORPA and 220KIAS until TD DVOR Outside of 1501-2300 UTC
LAKES 3C 07L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross ROVER at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.1% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at ROVER and 220KIAS until TD DVOR Outside of 1501-2300 UTC
LAKES 2B 25L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PRAWN at 5,000ft or below. Cross TROUT at FL140 or above. Minimum climb gradient of 3.3%. 205KIAS or greater at PRAWN and 230KIAS until RUMSY Any time of day
LAKES 2D 25R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PRAWN at 5,000ft or below. Cross TROUT at FL140 or above. Minimum climb gradient of 3.3%. 205KIAS or greater at PRAWN and 230KIAS until RUMSY Any time of day
OCEAN 2A 07R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PORPA at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.9% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at PORPA and 220KIAS until TD DVOR Outside of 1501-2300 UTC
OCEAN 2C 07L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross ROVER at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.1% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at ROVER and 220KIAS until TD DVOR Outside of 1501-2300 UTC
OCEAN 2B 25L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PRAWN at 5,000ft or below. Cross TROUT at FL140 or above. Minimum climb gradient of 3.3%. 205KIAS or greater at PRAWN and 230KIAS until RUMSY Any time of day
OCEAN 2D 25R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PRAWN at 5,000ft or below. Cross TROUT at FL140 or above. Minimum climb gradient of 3.3%. 205KIAS or greater at PRAWN and 230KIAS until RUMSY Any time of day
PECAN 1A 07R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PORPA at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.9% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at PORPA and 220KIAS until RAMEN Any time of day
PECAN 1C 07L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross ROVER at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.1% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at ROVER and 220KIAS until RAMEN Any time of day
PECAN 1B 25L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PRAWN at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 3.3%. 205KIAS or greater at PRAWN and 230KIAS until RUMSY Any time of day
PECAN 1D 25R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PRAWN at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 3.3%. 205KIAS or greater at PRAWN and 230KIAS until RUMSY Any time of day
TITAN 1E 07R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PORPA at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.9% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at PORPA and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
TITAN 1F 07L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross ROVER at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.1% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at ROVER and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
RASSE 3A 07R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PORPA at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.9% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at PORPA and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
RASSE 3C 07L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross ROVER at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.1% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at ROVER and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
RASSE 1E 07R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PORPA at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.9% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at PORPA and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
RASSE 1F 07L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross ROVER at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.1% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at ROVER and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
SKATE 3A 07R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PORPA at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.9% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at PORPA and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
SKATE 3C 07L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross ROVER at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.1% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at ROVER and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
SKATE 1E 07R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PORPA at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.9% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at PORPA and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
SKATE 1F 07L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross ROVER at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.1% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at ROVER and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
VENGO 1A 07R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PORPA at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.9% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at PORPA and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
VENGO 1C 07L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross ROVER at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.1% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at ROVER and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
VENGO 1E 07R Initial to 5,000ft. Cross PORPA at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.9% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at PORPA and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)
VENGO 1F 07L Initial to 5,000ft. Cross ROVER at 5,000ft or below. Minimum climb gradient of 4.1% until 1,400ft. 205KIAS or greater at ROVER and 220KIAS until RAMEN 1501-2300 UTC (Noise mitigating SID)

Arrival

STAR Procedures

STAR Rwys Descent Requirement Speed Control
ABBEY 3A 07L/07R Cross MUSEL at FL130. Fly at 280KIAS by MUSEL.
ABBEY 2B 25L/25R Cross MUSEL at FL130. Fly at 280KIAS by MUSEL.
BETTY 2A 07L/07R Cross MANGO at FL130. Fly at 280KIAS by MANGO.
BETTY 2B 25L/25R Cross MANGO at FL130. Fly at 280KIAS by MANGO.
CANTO 3A 07L/07R Cross CANTO at FL130 or above. Cross MURRY between FL130 and FL110. Fly at 280KIAS by CANTO.
CANTO 2B 25L/25R Cross MURRY at FL150. Fly at 280KIAS by CANTO.
SIERA 7A 07L/07R Cross CANTO at FL130 or above. Cross MURRY between FL130 and FL110. Fly at 280KIAS by SIERA.
SIERA 7C 07L/07R Cross CANTO at FL130 or above. Cross MURRY between FL130 and FL110. Fly at 280KIAS by SIERA and 250KIAS by BORDA.
SIERA 6B 25L/25R Cross MURRY at FL150. Fly at 280KIAS by SIERA.
SIERA 6D 25L/25R Cross MURRY at FL150. Fly at 280KIAS by SIERA and 250KIAS by BORDA.
ABBEY 1G 25L/25R Cross MUSEL at FL130. Cross GUAVA at 5,000ft. Fly at 280KIAS by MUSEL.
BETTY 1G 25L/25R Cross MANGO at FL130. Cross GUAVA at 5,000ft. Fly at 280KIAS by MANGO.
CANTO 1G 25L/25R Cross CANTO at FL130. Cross GUAVA at 5,000ft. Fly at 280KIAS by CANTO.
SIERA 1G 25L/25R Cross CANTO at FL130. Cross GUAVA at 5,000ft. Fly at 280KIAS by CANTO.

Approach

Approach Prcoedures (ILS)

Procedure Altitude Requirement Speed Requirement Missed Approach Procedure
ILS RWY 07R 3,000ft at LIMES, 2,000ft at STELA, 1,700ft at VH720, 1,600ft at VH721, 1,300ft at 4nm from ISR Cross STELA at 180KIAS and maintain until 7.0nm from ISR. Reduce to 150KIAS - 160KIAS at 4.0nm from ISR. Climb to 5,000ft towards PORPA. Maintain 210KIAS until crossing GUAVA. Turn right to SOKOE. Cross LIMES at 230KIAS.
ILS RWY 25L 6,000ft at TD, 4,500ft at LOTUS, 2,250ft at 7nm from IFL, 1,300ft at 4nm from IFL, 340ft at 1nm from IFL. Cross LOTUS at 180KIAS and maintain until 7.0nm from IFL. Reduce to 150KIAS - 160KIAS at 4.0nm from IFL. Climb to 5,000ft at runway heading. Turn left at PRAWN to track 166° and maintain 185KIAS until established on track. Turn left to establish 251° to TD. Maintain 230KIAS until TD.
ILS RWY 07L 3,000ft at LIMES, 2,000ft at TONIC, 1,700ft at VH710, 1,600ft at VH711, 1,300ft at 4nm from IZSC Cross TONIC at 180KIAS and maintain until 7.0nm from IZSC. Reduce to 150KIAS - 160KIAS at 4.0nm from IZSC. Climb to 5,000ft. At threshold or 520ft, whichever is later, turn left to DEDEE at 200KIAS maximum. Maintain 230KIAS through VH753, VH754, SAMPU, TD, GUAVA, SOKOE and LIMES.
ILS RWY 25R 6,000ft at TD, 4,500ft at RIVER, 2,250ft at 7nm from IFTC, 1,290ft at 4nm from IFTC Cross RIVER at 180KIAS and maintain until 7.0nm from IFL. Reduce to 150KIAS - 160KIAS at 4.0nm from IFTC. Climb to 4,000ft at runway heading. At 3nm west of the airport, turn right inbound on 231° to LKC. Maintain 185KIAS maximum until established on track. At LKC, turn right to 074° for 4nm and climb to 5,000ft. Turn right inbound on 301° to TD at 230KIAS maximum.

Noise Abatement Procedures

To mitigate the level of noise pollution caused to residential areas, the following noise abatement procedures are in place:

  1. Continuous Descent Approach procedure for 25L/25R (1501-2300 UTC / 2301-0700 local time)
  • Pilots should achieve a continuous descent profile at a distance of 32NM to touchdown.

  • Pilots should approximate a 3 degree vertical profile from 8,000ft or higher to intercept the glidepath at 4,500ft. Low thrust settings should be used.

  • The recommended speed in the intermediate approach segment is 210-230KIAS.

  1. Preferential use of 07L/07R (1601-2300 UTC / 0001-0700 local time)
  • The runway in use shall be 07L/07R when the tailwind component is no greater than 5 knots.
  1. Noise mitigating SIDs for 07L/07R (1501-2300 UTC / 2301-0700 local time)
  • Appropriate ATENA, RASSE, SKATE or VENGO SIDs via RAMEN shall be used, in order to avoid densely populated areas.

  • No restrictions apply for SIDs departing from 25R/25L.


Measures Relating to the Construction of the Third Runway

In 2012, the Hong Kong Government adopted the decision to expand HKIA by constructing a third runway, 07L/25R, along with its dedicated passenger concourse, through land reclamation. The former 07L/25R runway (aka “North Runway”) would therefore be redesignated as 07C/25C (however it remains as 07L/25R in IF as construction has not completed yet).

To facilitate construction works, a Runway Closure Programme was enacted. The closure periods for each runway is outlined below.

Runway Closure Period Day of Closure (UTC)
07L/25R 1601-2315 UTC / 0001-0815 local time Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
0116-1015 UTC / 0916-1815 local time Daily
07R/25L 1601-2315 UTC / 0001-0815 local time Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

NOTAMs in Force

Live ATIS at HKIA

https://atis.cad.gov.hk/ATIS/ATISweb/atis.php


Changelog 27th April:
  • Solved conflicting information in Parking section

26th April:

  • Added Changelog
  • Updated diagrams used in Parking section
  • Formatting and information amendments to the T1 Main Building parking section
  • Inclusion of Rapid Exit Taxiways in Runways section
  • Minor formatting adjustments

Thank you for reading our airport guide. Happy (realistic) flying!
Research and writing: @Swithord, @BP-Aviation
Graphic design: @G_Captain
Special Thanks to CXVA Staff
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The airport guide is back up again. Thanks for your support. :)

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Fantastic guide, glad to be part of CXVA!

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super amazing I’m proud to be part of CXVA

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Which gate numbers are they in the image you provided?

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Apologies, there was a lot of conflicting information due to the gate renumberings, but it’s been fixed now, thanks! (The information listed now matches with the gate numbering chart)

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Amazing the short time span you put this together was really great

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Very helpful guide! Thanks!

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As Hong Kong is becoming 3D airport in Infinite Flight, I think this guide will help pilots get better understanding of how to use VHHH properly

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Thank you! Yes, I do agree that all the pilots flying in/out of HKIA deserves to take a look at this guide

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Very detailed guide. Would be nice if everyone checks this out before flying to/from hong kong

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Would be super nice! Can not wait to see HKIA full of realistic traffic movements

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Thank you, and a sincere reminder to all again… taxi on the OUTER taxiway (relative to the runway) if you’re in a wide-body, please!

Wow! Seriously impressive level of detail and thought going into this. Well done. I’m in Speedbird 47 Heavy. Probably flying overhead in about 3 hours en route EGLL - YSSY. Will probably miss you guys though.

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