Arriving travellers to shop duty-free

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 October, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 October, 1999, 12:00am

Travellers will soon be able to do duty-free shopping after landing at Chek Lap Kok and use trolleys for hand luggage on passing immigration checks as they leave.

Airport Authority chief executive Bill Lam Chung-lun said passenger feedback had led to the changes, which would increase the airport's 'competitive edge'.

He said trolleys would be available from March next year for arriving and departing passengers.

Travellers now have to carry hand luggage between immigration checks and the departure or arrival gate.

Mr Lam said an air-side duty-free shop for arriving passengers was running on a trial basis, and a permanent licence would be issued early next year.

From next Monday, drivers who are collecting or dropping off passengers will be allowed 30 minutes' free parking at the airport.

And a new charging system in airport car parks will give drivers discounts for longer stays.

Cathay Pacific director and chief operating officer Philip Chen Nan-lok said the moves - with the recent reduction in fees for landing and parking - would help consolidate Hong Kong's position as an Asian aviation hub.

'It means the airport will offer an even better experience for all its customers, and that includes passengers and airlines,' he said.

Hong Kong Hotels Association executive director James Lu Shien-hwai said the changes would make the airport easier to use.