The Airport Express
is one of the lines of the Mass Transit Railway
(MTR) serving Hong Kong
. It links the principal urban areas of Hong Kong to Hong Kong International Airport
and the associated AsiaWorld-Expo
exhibition and convention centre.
Although a part of the MTR system, the Airport Express is not primarily a rapid transit or metro
line. Instead, it provides premium fare express service to and from the airport and exhibition centre every 12 minutes, using specially designed rolling stock
intended to provide similar levels of comfort to that found on an airliner
. The average maximum speed between stations is 130 kilometres per hour.
The Airport Express line is the only rail link to the airport's terminal area. However, it is paralleled for most of its length by the Tung Chung Line
, a more traditional rapid transit line. The Tung Chung line diverges from the Airport Express line just south of the channel between Lantau Island
and Chek Lap Kok
island (on which the airport was constructed), and terminates in the adjacent Tung Chung
new town. From here bus links serve the various areas of the airport, including the passenger terminals.
The journey from Hong Kong Station
to the airport takes 24 minutes. The line is indicated in the colour <font color=#>teal</font>
on MTR system maps.
In October 1989, the Hong Kong government
decided to replace the over-crowded Kai Tak Airport
, located in Kowloon
, with a new airport to be constructed at Chek Lap Kok. The... Read More