Hong Kong International Airport was the cornerstone of a remarkable 10-part, $20 billion infrastructure development known as the Hong Kong Airport Core Programme.
Delivered on time in 1998 by an integrated Bechtel-Hong Kong government team, the program featured every kind of urban infrastructure, including the airport itself, roads, railways, tunnels, bridges, and an entire new town. The project team nevertheless achieved program budget savings of more than a billion dollars.
The airport was designed to alleviate some of the congestion associated with Hong Kong’s continuous growth as the center of business for greater Asia—and the commercial gateway to China. In addition, the airport railway system got passengers from Hong Kong Island to the new airport in less than 25 minutes.