The Airport Authority (AA) has recently proposed expanding Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) by building a third runway.
Although there are some opponents to this proposal, for both environmental and financial reasons, there is a pressing need to build a third runway. As one of the busiest aviation hubs in the world, HKIA is nearing capacity – the airport handles more than 1,050 flights per day, and the two current runways’ capacity is estimated to be around 1,200. In fact, it was projected by HKIA to reach “saturation” between 2016 and 2017.
If HKIA reaches capacity, this will only be to the detriment to
If demand for aviation services increases, and
Not everyone is happy with the city's plan to expand its services at Hong Kong International Airport, and they're demanding answers
Hong Kong’s appeal as an international hub stems from its convenience – it is easy for a potential investor, or tourist, or entrepreneur to come to
Although critics argue that
Activists also argue that it is unfair for the public to pay for the new runway through taxes. However, this is a necessary cost that Hong Kong citizens will have to incur – the alternative, as previously mentioned, will hamper
Environmental activists are also strongly against the runway’s development, due to the marine, and in particular, dolphin populations, in the area. However, the government has already proposed a set of mitigation measures intended to reduce the environmental impact of the scheme, including limits on the use of high-speed ferries during construction.
A new runway may be costly, but is ultimately necessary.