The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has officially commissioned the third runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

This move represents a major milestone of the airport’s expansion into a three-runway system (3RS).

In August 2016, construction work for the 3RS began, with the formation of 650ha of land via reclamation concluded in nearly four years.

AAHK chairman Jack So said: “Since the construction of the 3RS started in 2016, we have overcome many difficulties and challenges. The project is progressing on schedule with the new runway starting operation in July this year.

“I would like to express my deep gratitude to all airport colleagues for their tremendous efforts in completing the new runway, which provides fresh impetus to economic growth.

“The Airport City is also developing into a new landmark. These achievements are nothing short of miracles against all odds.”

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The commissioning ceremony of the 3,800m-long runway was held at the new Integrated Airport Centre of HKIA.

AAHK also added that other projects including the construction of the Terminal 2 (T2) Concourse and a new baggage handling system and automated people mover system, as well as the T2 expansion, are expected to be over in 2024.

Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Administration chief secretary Chan Kwok-ki said: “The 3RS will significantly increase the passenger and cargo handling capacity of HKIA.

“With the distinct advantages of the strong support from the Motherland and our connectivity to the world, Hong Kong will maintain and enhance its status as an international aviation hub to better dovetail with the macro strategies of the 14th Five-Year Plan and Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.”