Surprise details have begun to emerge from a public inquiry set up to investigate the controversial opening of Hong Kong's new airport at Chek Lap Kok.

A select committee set up by the Legislative Council to probe the handling of the airport yesterday heard director of civil aviation Richard Siegel testify that fears were raised over its computer system more than a year before the 6 July opening.

Siegel told the committee that advice for a computer system backup facility was ignored by airport managers until March.

The computer system, which Siegel describes as "-more sophisticated than was necessary", broke down shortly after the airport's opening, causing serious passenger-handling problems.

More significant, however, was a complete computer break-down at the Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals facility.

Source: Flight Daily News