Qatar Airways will launch the Upstream Check-in Service from today to increase greater connectivity in the Greater Bay Area, including Guangdong, Hongkong and Macao.
On Monday (April 12), Qatar Airways announced its cooperation with the Airport Authority Hong Kong to introduce the Upstream Check-in Service, another option for passengers in Shenzhen when purchasing air tickets departing from Hong Kong International Airport, starting April 15.
Accordingly, passengers on Qatar Airways flights departing from Hong Kong can purchase their ferry tickets from SkyLink or the Shenzhen Shekou Port’s website.
During the 30-minute on the sea-to-air ferry transfer service to the SkyPier in the airside of Hong Kong International Airport, passengers will be provided with boarding passes and baggage check-through service to their final destinations at the Shenzhen Shekou terminal, where they will also clear their customs and immigration.
Credit: Hong Kong International Airport
Upon arriving at the SkyPier of Hong Kong International Airport, passengers can go directly to the Qatar Airways boarding gate or enjoy the airport’s duty-free shopping and fine-dining experience before continuing a seamless and hassle-free onward journey with the airline to more than 80 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.
Furthermore, Qatar Airways’ Premium members who choose to transfer by ferry can enjoy the luxurious on-ground experience at the Plaza Premium Lounge such as comfortable seating, shower rooms, contactless food ordering service, highspeed Wi-Fi and international TV channels near Gate 1 at the South Departures Hall in Hong Kong International Airport.
Privilege Club Gold members and above as well as selected oneworld frequent flyers are also granted access to The Wing located near Gates 1 – 4, the industry-renowned lounge operated by Cathay Pacific for recharging, relax and work check before boarding their Qatar Airways flights.
Mr. Thomas Scruby, Qatar Airways Vice President of Sales for Australasia & North Asia, said: “The introduction of ferry transfer service will boost our footprint in the Greater Bay Area by providing our Southern Chinese customers more flexible flying options via HKIA. We know connectivity within the region and to the wider world is critical for the success of the GBA. Therefore, we are excited to do our part to build the infrastructure necessary to make it easier and smoother for local customers to travel despite the disruption caused by the pandemic around the world.”
“We are confident in the market’s demand and our commitment to the region remains resolute. The next phase of our partnership with Airport Authority Hong Kong will see the ferry transfer service be further expanded to other key GBA metropolia such as Macau and Dongguan once government restrictions are lifted, allowing even more customers in the region to enjoy the world-class experience that Qatar Airways has to offer.”