Airport Authority Hong Kong Consults Public on Third Runway

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has launched a public consultation on plans to build a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) that may cost around HKD$86.2bn ($11bn).

The authority has released its Hong Kong International Airport master plan 2030, which outlines two options for public consultation, one is for maintaining the existing two-runway system, and the second option is to build a new runway to increase capacity.

The three-month public consultation starting from 3 June 2011, will cover the potential concerns about project costs or the environmental impact of the expansion plan, the authority noted in its 20-year development plan.

The authority said the current two-runway system is forecast to be saturated by around 2020, and Hong Kong International Airport will not be able to meet additional demand, beyond 2030.

Maintaining the existing two-runway system will cost HKD$23.4bn ($3bn) and enable HKIA to handle a maximum of 420,000 flight movements per year, however, can only meet the estimated air traffic demand in the medium term.

The three-runway system option envisages the building of a third runway and its associated terminal, airfield and apron facilities, which will involve reclamation of about 650 hectares of land north of the existing airport island.

With a third runway, HKIA would be able to handle 620,000 flights per year, and enable HKIA to meet forecast traffic demand and maintain its extensive air network up to and possibly beyond 2030.