Named after Sir Ho Kai and Mr. Au Tak, Kai Tak was originally a reclaimed housing paradise before its potential as an airfield, was recognised and transformed into a modern airport.
Operated by Imperial Airways, its first commercial flight ‘Dorado’ flew in from Penang, and landed at Hong Kong’s first international airport, marking the beginning of a new era.
Hong Kong’s home carrier, Cathay Pacific, launched their services at Kai Tak with their DS-3 aircraft “Betsy”.
A 2529-metre long runway starting from the promontory to Kowloon Bay was unveiled. The airport had officially changed its name from ‘Hong Kong International Airport’ to ‘Kai Tak Airport’.
The city welcomed its first Boeing 747 flight from the United States.
Kai Tak Airport became the third busiest airport globally for international passengers and first for cargo, with a staggering record of 19.5 million travellers and 1.56 million tonnes of cargo from all over the world.
The new Hong Kong International Airport started operation in Chek Lap Kok, and Kai Tak Airport was officially retired.
The government had approved the “Kai Tak Development Plan”, and work commenced on the new Kai Tak district.
Nan Fung won the bid for the flagship project on the Kai Tak commercial site with a record-smashing HK24.6 billion.
AIRSIDE — a 47-storey mixed-used development building with over 30 storeys of Grade A offices and a 700,000 sq. feet retail complex — will open its doors to the public.
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