Exhibition celebrates 100 years of flight from Hong Kong
Sunday 06 March 2011
Visitors to Hong Kong's bustling international airport are for the next few months being treated to a trip back in time as the city marks the 100th anniversary of its first flight.
"Photo Exhibition of the 100th Anniversary of Aviation Development in Hong Kong" has been put together by the Airport Authority Hong Kong and runs until June 30 at the Departures Level of the HKIA's Terminal One.
More than 100 photos trace the history of aviation in Hong Kong, from March 18, 1911, when Belgian adventurer Charles Van den Born took off from a Sha Tin beach in a Farman biplane, through to the creation of the iconic Kai Tak airport in the middle of the city, to the present-day HKIA.
"We are very proud to experience the evolution of the old Kai Tak airport into the current HKIA through this photo exhibition," said AA chairman Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, in a statement announcing the exhibition.
"It is interesting to see how the airport has changed over the years to cater to the needs of the city; for example, without the visionary decision to build a new and larger airport with two runways on Lantau, Hong Kong would have had to turn away millions of passengers and large volume of air cargo; and Hong Kong might not have grown into the thriving and vibrant city it is today."
The Hong Kong airport last year saw 50.9 million passengers pass through its gates - ranking the airport 11th in the world (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is ranked first with around 88 million passengers per year). Hong Kong also dealt with 4.1 million tons of air cargo.
The facility connects to more than 160 destinations, through around 900 flights per day by more than 95 airlines.
Other activities set down to mark the anniversary in Hong Kong are the March 8-10 Asian Aerospace 2011 fair ( http://www.asianaerospace.com), a world record "aircraft pull" attempt (March 17) and a gala charity dinner (March 18). The city will also itself honor the occasion with the issuing of special stamps and philatelic souvenirs.
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