Hong Kong International Airport to construct third runway system

By Catherine Sturman
Hong Kong International Airport is set to undergo works for a new Three-Runway System (3RS) to strengthen existing infrastructures and develop existing...

Hong Kong International Airport is set to undergo works for a new Three-Runway System (3RS) to strengthen existing infrastructures and develop existing transport networks in order to provide effective services to an estimated additional 102 million passengers per year by 2030.

Jack So Chak-kwong, Chairman of the Airport Authority of Hong Kong said: “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. 

"Some 139,000 man-years of construction jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase, with some 123,000 direct employments created upon the commencement of the 3RS operation.”

The project will undergo three phases, incorporating a Third Runway Passenger Building with parking, taxiway system and runway. The runway will link with Terminal 2, with plans to finalise the project by 2024.

So continued, “We are proud of the fact that our award-winning airport is the world’s third busiest international passenger airport and also the airport with the largest cargo throughput. But we cannot be complacent." 

"Apart from strengthening management, we have set up a special task force to research into and develop new hardware and software with a view to further enhancing our efficiency and enriching passenger experience."

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