Cargo Handling

Hong Kong cargo handler AAT restarts operations at its T1

Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) has recommenced operations at its Terminal 1 (T1) after the completion of renovations to upgrade the cargo handling facility.

The newly refurbished T1 started operations from 15 May 2018 and is equipped with new facilities and equipment, including material handling systems, x-ray screening machines, work stations, and truck control systems.

The new dual terminal operations in both T1 and T2 will increase the handling capacity and is intended to improve the overall operational efficiency. T1 was previously used between 1998 and 2007 before T2 was built.

AAT said as a free port, Hong Kong will benefit from large scale logistics and infrastructure projects such as the third runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and the recent announcement of the premium logistics centre at Kwo Lo Wan.

These developments, together with those in the Greater Bay area, AAT said will bring huge opportunities for growth in air cargo and e-commerce logistics, and further enhance HKIA’s position.

AAT general manager, Kuah Boon Kiam said at the re-opening ceremony held on 12 June: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their tremendous efforts and great support, including Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) as well as our airline customers and business partners.

“We would like to extend a special thank you to Customs & Excise Department for providing a strong team of manpower to facilitate the customs inspections which will enhance the overall efficiency of our terminal and for the industry.

“Last but not least, I would like to thank all my colleagues for the tremendous team work to deliver this on time despite significant challenges.

“AAT has entered into a new phase of development. We look forward to contribute to the industry through sustainable growth initiatives and strong collaboration with stakeholders.”