A group of approximately 80 primary students aged six to 12 years old took charge of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) today, directing landings and take-offs, maneuvering aircraft on the runways, diverting flights during a typhoon – and doing it all as part of a competition playing the new board game “Air Challenge”, the first airport-themed board game in Hong Kong.
“Air Challenge”, launched by Airport Authority Hong Kong (the AA) and Hong Kong Outlying Islands Women’s Association (HKOIWA), enables players to experience the thrill of runway operations with family and friends. Together with the help from Joseph So, Senior Lecturer of Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Hong Kong Community College, the game is themed on the operations of HKIA, one of the world’s busiest passenger and cargo airports. It is suitable for players aged six or above in a group of four people at maximum. Players are required to move as many flights along the runways as possible while tackling a number of exciting challenges.
The board game competition, which was held at the Tung Chung Community Hall, concluded with an award presentation ceremony officiated by CK Ng, Executive Director, Airport Operations of the AA, and Chau Chuen-heung, Chairman of Hong Kong Outlying Islands Women’s Association.
Mr Ng said, “The AA has a close relationship with its neighbouring communities, and ‘Air Challenge’ is an exciting new initiative to help build a wholesome, supportive community for our younger generations. We believe it will effectively help the youth develop interpersonal and social skills. It will also help them better understand their airport in an educational and entertaining way.”
Also speaking at the ceremony, Ms Chau said, “HKOIWA has been dedicated to promote board games through a series of interesting activities since 2009, such as competitions, sharing sessions and workshops, developing it into a tool for enhancing family and youth services. Recently, we are trying to encourage the teenagers in Tung Chung to show their creativity to develop and produce board games with Hong Kong characteristics.”
To win “Air Challenge”, players must manage scenarios and perform actions such as arranging aircraft takeoffs and landings on the airport’s two runways, collecting stars as fast as possible in the process. The first player to collect ten stars wins. Scenario cards simulate actual challenges to airport operations, including inclement weather and lost baggage – enabling players to experience the thrill of real-life airport operations.
The AA says it encourages the public to play and experience “Air Challenge”, which will be distributed to schools, community centres and NGOs as souvenirs.