The Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines (AAPA) believes a planned third runway at Hong Kong International Airport is critical for the city’s future.
“Aviation has indisputably played a crucial role in Hong Kong's successful development as a major tourism destination, and a leading international centre for business and professional services, trading and transport logistics,” says AAPA director general Andrew Herdman.
The third runway, he says, is required for Hong Kong to retain its competitiveness as an aviation hub.
“Air transport exists to serve the local community, and [AAPA] fully recognises the need to take into account environmental and social considerations when building the required new infrastructure,” says Herdman. “These are important concerns that need to be addressed and resolved.”
The Airport Authority of Hong Kong has been exploring the possibility of a third runway for several years. In 2014 it will complete an environmental impact assessment in regard to the third runway, with an eye to commencing construction of the runway in 2016 and commissioning a three-runway system in 2023.