Remarkable installation process of world’s longest airside bridge

  • Hong Kong International Airport features a marvelous airside bridge
  • It’s the world’s longest airside bridge and soars 28 meters high
  • Which is why it’s aptly called Sky Bridge

Published on Jul 08, 2024 at 2:37 PM (UTC+4)
by Siddharth Dudeja

Last updated on Jul 08, 2024 at 8:33 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) features a marvelous airside bridge, aptly called Sky Bridge, that holds the esteemed record for being the longest in the world, and a video shows how it was built.

Constructing something like this in an airport requires extreme efficiency and skill, and it’s safe to say that the bridge is nothing short of an engineering marvel.

The airport held its inauguration back in 2022, but what’s wrong with peeking into its origins now?

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World’s longest airside bridge is a great place to be

HKIA’s Sky Bridge isn’t just the world’s longest airside bridge for no reason — soaring 28 meters high.

With that height, the world’s largest plane — the Airbus A380 — could easily fit snugly below.

Although it already broke one record, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any other tricks up its sleeve.

You see, the Sky Bridge has a glass floor, so you could gaze upon aircraft passing through HKIA below while taking a walk from the airport’s Terminal 1 (T1) to T1 Satellite Concourse (T1S).

The inclusion of a glass floor makes the installation process exponentially tedious, but it’s possible due to the feats of modern engineering.

If anything, it’s a great place to click a few pictures before you hop onto your flight.

A little pre-vacation shoot, if you may.

It might not be as breathtaking as Amsterdam’s plane-spotting spot, but it’s a great place nonetheless.

Engineering marvel at the Hong Kong International Airport

While up on the Sky Bridge, the entirety of the Hong Kong International Airport can be seen — so it’s also a great vantage spot.

If you’re not an architecture enthusiast, it certainly makes you wonder how they managed to put it all together.

An Instagram user who goes by mk_timelapse captured the installation process and posted the video for us to have a look at.

Well, as seen in the video, the construction team assembled several different parts of the airside bridge together, like Lego blocks.

All installments traveled 1.5 miles across the airport using heavy-duty machinery, including Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs).

Unlike Lego, assembling something of this scale requires the utmost precision, which makes it all the more significant.

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Siddharth Dudeja

Siddharth is a tech nerd with a secret love of all things cars. He has been writing for a few years now, and on his free time you would find him gaming when he's not procrastinating.