HKIA's three runway system moves to public inspection phase

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The environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed three runway system at Hong Kong International airport (HKIA) has moved into the public inspection phase.

This comes after the director of environmental protection’s decision that the EIA report meets the necessary requirements, says the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK).

“We have spent over 20 months working closely with our team of international and local experts to carefully study the potential impact of the project… the study results and possible impacts, together with the proposed mitigation measures, are clearly stated in the report,” says AAHK’s chief executive Stanley Hui.

The EIA report and its executive summary will be available for public inspection from 20 June to 19 July. Members of the public may provide written comments on the report during this period.

In March 2012, the Hong Kong government gave in-principle approval for the construction of a third runway at HKIA. AAHK is aiming is to obtain all necessary government approvals and start construction by 2016.

Local airlines, as well as those in the region, have emphasised the urgent need for a third runway, stressing that the airport is expected to soon reach its saturation point.