HKIA promotes new runway plans

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HKIA is planning to develop a third runway
HKIA is planning to develop a third runway

Hong Kong’s Airport Authority (AA) has launched a four-day exhibition offering information about plans for a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

Staged at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, the event aims to update the public on the progress of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which is taking place prior to the start of development.

“The EIA process has reached an advanced stage. Although the findings and mitigation measures are yet to be finalised, we deem it timely to provide an update and engage the public on the latest developments,” said John Chai Sung-veng, the AA’s executive director of projects.

“It is important that AA secures the necessary environmental permit to build the three-runway system on time. As always, we are dedicated to carrying out environmental impact assessment for the purpose of expanding the airport into a three-runway system in a highly prudent, transparent and professional manner. HKIA and the aviation industry is an important part of the Hong Kong economy.”

The exhibition will be backed up with two open forums on 3 and 4 August.

In 2012, HKIA handled 56.5 million passengers, 4.03 million tonnes of cargo and 352,000 landings and take-offs. But this is expected to reach 102.3m passengers (+81% from 2012), 8.9m tonnes of cargo (+121%) and 607,000 aircraft movements (+72%) by 2030, far exceeding the capacity of the existing two-runway system.
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