Third run­way ‘crit­i­cal’ as ca­pac­ity limit looms

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHAI HUA in Hong Kong grace@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s three-run­way sys­tem is sig­nif­i­cant to re­in­force Hong Kong’s com­pet­i­tive­ness and han­dle thriv­ing de­mand for travel in the Guang­dongHong Kong-Ma­cao Greater Bay Area, in­dus­try ex­perts say

hird-run­way con­struc­tion be­gan last Au­gust and will take eight years to com­plete. It in­volves recla­ma­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 650 hectares of land, a 13.4-kilo­me­ter-sea­wall and 57 park­ing po­si­tions, as well as con­course, highspeed bag­gage-han­dling sys­tem and other fa­cil­i­ties.

Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port (HKIA) had one run­way when it op­er­ated at Kai Tak and was up­graded to a two-run­way sys­tem after the new HKIA opened at Chek traf­fic will reach the 420,000 Lap Kok in 1998. ceil­ing in two years.

Since the first Cathay PacifFur­ther­more, ex­perts ic Air­ways flight from New be­lieve growth will speed up York landed the air­port has in future, driven by the in­te­had about 4.65 mil­lion land­grated development of ings with more than 835 milGuang­dong-Hong Kong-Malion pas­sen­gers and tens of cao Greater Bay Area and the millions of tons of cargo. Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

How­ever, the two-run­way The Greater Bay Area sys­tem is about to meet full in­cludes Hong Kong, Ma­cao ca­pac­ity, es­ti­mated at and nine. cities in Guang­dong 420,000 air traf­fic moveTprovince. ments a year at most, ac­cordChen Xiaon­ing, sec­re­tary­ing to NATS Hold­ings, a general of China Civil AirUnited King­dom-based pro­ports As­so­ci­a­tion, wrote in a vider of air traf­fic man­agere­port that the Greater Bay ment ser­vices. Area will de­velop into a

The need for HKIA to world-level bay econ­omy and ex­pand into a three-run­way re­quired a world-level air­port sys­tem is be­lieved to be clus­ter. ur­gent in or­der to main­tain “The pas­sen­ger vol­ume of com­pet­i­tive­ness. the air­ports in the area has

The air­port ac­com­mo­dated ex­ceeded that of their coun412,000 air traf­fic move­ments ter­parts in New York Bay area last year, an in­crease of 1.4 to 180 mil­lion last year,” he per­cent over 2015. At this rate noted, “so the de­mand to ex­pand lo­cal air­ports’ ca­pac­ity is ur­gent.”

The Hong Kong Air­port Author­ity said HKIA will be able to serve 30 mil­lion ad­di­tional pas­sen­gers a year upon the com­ple­tion of the three­run­way sys­tem.

The In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) projects that with the three­run­way sys­tem HKIA can ar­range 607,000 air­craft move­ments and 8.9 mil­lion tons of cargo per year by 2030.

In ad­di­tion, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Ma­cao Bridge, sited at the north­east of HKIA, is ex­pected to help the air­port ex­pand its mar­ket and co­op­er­ate with neigh­bor­ing air­ports.

Yau Shing-mu, un­der sec­re­tary for trans­port and hous­ing, said the Greater Bay Area will be­come the hin­ter­land of Hong Kong’s development.

The more pros­per­ous an area is, the more de­mand of im­ports and ex­ports it has, so Hong Kong, as a trans­port hub, will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in development of the Greater Bay Area, he said.

The ini­tia­tive of a third run­way at HKIA is also welcomed by lo­cal air­lines. Stan­ley Kan, di­rec­tor of ser­vice de­liv­ery at Hong Kong Air­lines, be­lieves it can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on Hong Kong’s eco­nomic development and strengthen the SAR’s sta­tus as a pre­mier in­ter­na­tional avi­a­tion hub.

The Air­port Author­ity also said the sys­tem will of­fer ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity for air­lines to pro­vide more des­ti­na­tions with more fre­quent flights, giv­ing pas­sen­gers greater choices and con­ve­nience.

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