HKIA starts constructing third runway

Jack So Chak-kwong, Chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) (second right), Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, Secretary for Transport and Housing (second left), Professor K C Chan, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury (first right), and Fred Lam, Chief Executive Officer of the AA (first left) officiate the kick-off of the Three-runway System (3RS) construction.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has started construction of the three-runway system (3RS), which it expects to complete by 2024.

The construction will include 650 hectares of land reclamation, the runway itself, taxiway system and the Third Runway Building with 57 parking positions. HKIA’s operator, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) says to protect the environment it will use non-dredge methods including deep cement mixing for land formation, while 3RS buildings will incorporate green and sustainable features in their design, construction and operational aspects.

HKIA will have a cargo capacity of nine million tonnes by 2030 and AA says the 3RS will meet the airport’s long-term air traffic demand.

AA chairman, Jack So Chak-kwong says: “The 3RS is a critical infrastructure project to support the aviation industry and the long-term economic development of Hong Kong. We urgently need this expansion project as HKIA’s existing two-runway system is reaching its full capacity soon.”

“With the additional capacity to be provided by the 3RS, airlines can provide more destinations and more frequent flights, and passengers will have more choices and convenience.”