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Old March 16th, 2014, 05:25 PM   #4501
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HKIA Sees Steady Growth in the First Two Months of 2014
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HONG KONG, 16 March 2014 – Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) saw steady growth in all three air traffic categories over the first two months of the year. Combined traffic for January and February showed that passenger volume grew a remarkable 6.6% year on year to over 9.9 million. Flight movements and cargo throughput increased 6% to 61,435 movements and 2.6% to 600,000 tonnes, respectively.

In February alone, HKIA handled nearly 4.8 million passengers and 28,750 flight movements, representing year-on-year increases of 2.1% and 3.9%, respectively. Cargo throughput was 248,000 tonnes, a marginal dip of 1% compared to the same month last year.

The combined growth of passenger volume in January and February was mainly driven by visitor traffic and Hong Kong resident traffic, each of which grew by 8% over the same period last year. Passenger traffic to/ from Mainland China and Japan recorded the most significant increases. As for cargo throughput, growth reported in the first two months was mainly attributed to a 4% year-on-year growth in imports and a 3% growth in exports. Cargo throughput to/ from Southeast Asia and Mainland China improved most significantly.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, "We are pleased to notice a continuous overall growth during the first two months of the year. As the Chinese New Year travel peak fell in different months in 2013 and 2014, the aggregate figures for January and February provide a more meaningful comparison in demonstrating healthy and sustained traffic growth at HKIA.

"Spurred by recent weakness in the Yen, Japan is one of the more popular destinations for Hong Kong residents; and we are delighted to note that scheduled flight service to Kagoshima, Japan, will be available in late March. Kagoshima is the eighth destination in Japan accessible from HKIA, providing passengers with greater choice and travel convenience," added Mr Hui.

On a rolling 12-month basis, passenger traffic increased by 6.5% to over 60.5 million, flight movements rose 6.1% to 375,525 and cargo volume increased 2.2% to 4.14 million tonnes year on year.
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Background is the phase 1 of the new midfield concourse will be built with 20 aircraft parking stands, It will be completed in 2015.
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Old March 17th, 2014, 08:15 PM   #4503
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Old March 20th, 2014, 06:16 PM   #4504
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Nine planes idle as Jetstar awaits OK
20 March 2014
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Jetstar's new airline in Hong Kong has parked nine planes at the main Airbus manufacturing base in southern France as its wait for approval to fly drags on.

Confirmation of the number of planes on the ground in France comes as Qantas' largest shareholder, Franklin Resources, increased its stake to 17.48 per cent, from 16.42 per cent. That figure includes a 9.4 per cent stake in the airline owned by Andrew Sisson's Balanced Equity Management. Mr Sisson and various foreign fund managers that trade under the Franklin banner have increased their exposure to Qantas since it began culling 5000 staff late last month as part of a $2 billion cost-cutting program.

BBY analyst David Fraser told clients that Qantas' share price would rally over the medium term if the airline decided to distribute a stake in its frequent-flyer division to shareholders.

But he said the continued viability of Qantas relied on management slashing costs in the face of strong competition from Virgin Australia and Tigerair. "Otherwise, continued asset sales to raise cash, unless utilised to restructure the business and achieve a lower operating cost base, will just prolong the deterioration of the business," he said.

During a sometimes heated Senate inquiry on Tuesday night, Jetstar's chief executive, Jayne Hrdlicka, confirmed that its joint venture in Hong Kong had taken delivery of nine A320s but could not use them because of delays to gaining regulatory clearance.

Ms Hrdlicka said the planes were stored in Toulouse, emphasising that liability for them rested with Jetstar Hong Kong. Jetstar Hong Kong is a joint venture between Qantas, China Eastern and Shun Tak, a Hong Kong conglomerate controlled by the family of the Macau gambling magnate Stanley Ho.

The new budget offshoot originally wanted to launch in the middle of last year, but has faced stiff opposition from Cathay Pacific while it works through the regulatory process in Hong Kong. Regulators have given no indication of when they expect to make a decision.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce emphasised to senators on Tuesday night that it was not unusual for start-up airlines to have to park planes because of the difficulty of lining up aircraft deliveries with regulatory approval.

He said Virgin America was forced to ground 15 planes while it waited for more than a year for the rights to fly in the US.

Last month Mr Joyce put the brakes on Jetstar's aggressive expansion in Asia as losses mounted due to growing competition from incumbent airlines and new start-ups.

He also told senators on Tuesday that he believed more foreign investors would be interested in buying into the airline if a key section of the Qantas Sale Act was repealed.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 08:38 AM   #4505
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Old March 24th, 2014, 06:11 PM   #4506
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Malaysia Airlines flight makes emergency landing after electrical problem
24 March 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (CNN) -- A Malaysia Airlines flight to South Korea made an emergency landing in Hong Kong early Monday after its main electrical generator stopped working, the airline said.

The plane, an Airbus A330-300, landed in Hong Kong safely around 3 a.m., Malaysia Airlines said, and the 271 passengers on board have been transferred onto flights with other airlines.

The reason for the diversion of Malaysia Airlines Flight 066 was "an inoperative aircraft generator, which supplies normal electrical power," the company said. Electrical power continued to be supplied by the plane's auxiliary power unit, it said.

Malaysia Airlines is in the international spotlight following the disappearance more than two weeks ago of one of its passenger jets with 239 people on board. That plane, Flight 370, was on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it vanished over Southeast Asia.

The flight that was diverted Monday set off from Kuala Lumpur at 11:37 p.m. Sunday and was scheduled to arrive at 6:50 a.m. the next day at Incheon International Airport, the main airport serving the South Korean capital, Seoul.

Hong Kong airport said it received a call at 2:30 a.m. alerting it of the flight's urgent change of course and placed local teams on standby. The plane made its emergency landing without any problems about half an hour later.

The scheduled return flight from Incheon to Kuala Lumpur has been canceled, Malaysia Airlines said, and passengers have been placed on other flights.

CNN's Sarita Harilela reported from Kuala Lumpur, and Jethro Mullen wrote this report from Hong Kong. CNN's Licia Yee contributed to this report.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 07:32 PM   #4507
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any idea what this plane was doing in Hong Kong? I am pretty sure only one Asia/Middle east destination for smartwigns is Dubai. Thanks
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Old March 25th, 2014, 02:33 PM   #4508
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any idea what this plane was doing in Hong Kong? I am pretty sure only one Asia/Middle east destination for smartwigns is Dubai. Thanks
I searched through Flickr and noticed it was operating for Mega Maldives.

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Old March 25th, 2014, 06:29 PM   #4509
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I searched through Flickr and noticed it was operating for Mega Maldives.

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I see. Apparently Mega Maldives leased one aircraft from Smartwings until end of march 2014.

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Old March 27th, 2014, 09:52 AM   #4510
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Legal hitch in Hong Kong bid by Jetstar
27 March 2014
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Cathay Pacific has signalled it will vigorously oppose Jetstar Hong Kong's bid to launch services, even if the budget airline gained another local investor.

It believes management control would still rest in the hands of Qantas. Jetstar Hong Kong has had to park nine new A320 airliners in France indefinitely while it waits to hear if Hong Kong authorities will grant it the right to base its flying business there.

Industry insiders believe Jetstar Hong Kong may need to find another local investor to boost its credentials as a Hong Kong airline.

But it is an option Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce had previously said was not under consideration.

Jetstar Hong Kong's ownership is split three ways between Qantas, Shanghai-based China Eastern and a Hong Kong company controlled by the family of the Macau gaming tycoon Stanley Ho.

Cathay's chief operating officer, Rupert Hogg, said he believed Jetstar Hong Kong would still not meet the requirements of the city's constitutional law even if the combined stake of local investors in the budget airline surpassed 51 per cent.

"Shareholding is not the issue," he said in Hong Kong.

"It is that your headquarters are here and the decisions are made here. The shareholding is inconsequential to the criteria of principle place of business. All legal advice we have had is that Jetstar would not qualify." In filings to local regulators, Qantas' oneworld partner has claimed the establishment of the airline is an attempt by a foreign airline to use Hong Kong's valuable pool of traffic rights "without a fair exchange of value" to Hong Kong.

Mr Hogg, who recently took over from Ivan Chu as Cathay's chief operating officer, agreed that Jetstar faced high hurdles to establishing flying operations in Hong Kong.

"Our view is that they don't qualify, and it's not a precedent that should be set," he said. "Our concern is that the rules just have to be really clear. These are effectively Hong Kong's assets."

But Mr Joyce has insisted that Jetstar Hong Kong would be "more Hong Kong" than the city's established airlines, Cathay and Chinese-backed Hong Kong Airlines, because its directors, management and a greater percentage of its shareholding came from the local community.

Qantas had originally planned for Jetstar to launch in Hong Kong in the middle of last year, but gaining regulatory approval has proved much harder than expected.

Cathay, Hong Kong's flag carrier, will have 74 flights a week to Australia by the end of this month, which puts it at the upper limit of the number under an air rights agreement.

It will need the Australian government to agree to lift the cap if it wants to increase frequencies further.
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Indicative Location and Approximate Extent of New Airport Platform
http://www.thb.gov.hk/eng/tender/tra...Appendix_B.pdf

Expansion of Hong Kong International Airport into a Three-Runway System
3RS Project and EIA Updates
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Old March 31st, 2014, 02:48 PM   #4512
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Hailstone havoc
31 March 2014
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Hailstones the size of golf balls battered several areas of Hong Kong last night causing extensive damage and forcing the Hong Kong Observatory to hoist the first black storm warning of the year.

Though this was lowered after two hours, the damage was heavy with torrents of rain cascading through shattered window panes at the glitzy Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong.

Elsewhere, more than 20 containers collapsed at Kwai Chung terminal, scores of trees were uprooted and there was extensive flooding in several areas, especially the northwest New Territories where farmers said crops were ruined.

The amber rainstorm warning was raised at 7.45pm before intensifying to red at 8.15pm. Shortly after 8.30pm the black signal was raised together with a warning that rainfall in excess of 100mm an hour was expected in several areas.

By 8pm, Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and Wong Tai Sin all reported heavy rain and flooding. Hail hit Wong Tai Sin, Yuen Long, Tsing Yi, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Kowloon Tong and North District.

At Tsz Wan Shan the hailstorm lasted for more than five minutes. At Sham Tseng, Lok Fu and San Po Kong the hailstones measured about 3cm across.

Flooding was also reported in Wong Tai Sin and Kowloon Tong MTR stations forcing commuters to roll up their trousers or pick up their skirts.

Train service was also temporarily disrupted due to heavy rains affecting services at Kowloon Tong MTR station. Trains ran at 12-minute intervals between Hung Hom and Tai Wai at one point, and at eight-minute intervals between Tai Wai and Lo Wu.

Curtains of rain poured through the glass ceiling of the seven-story Festival Walk as staff fought to block the water from entering their shops and restaurants.

Workers were later kept busy mopping up with shoppers taking pictures.

More than 130 flights were either diverted or postponed at Hong Kong International Airport. The Education Bureau asked schools and tuition centers not to release students until it was safe.

Though the black signal was lowered at 10.30pm the observatory said the thunderstorm warning would remain in force for several hours. The downpour was blamed on a trough of low pressure that brought thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain to the coastal areas of Guangdong. In addition, a fresh to strong easterly airstream is affecting the coast of southeastern China.

The observatory said the skies will remain cloudy today with rain which will be heavy at times with squally thunderstorms. Temperatures will range between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius with the weather remaining unsettled for a few days.

Feng shui consultant Mak Ling-ling said hail in large areas generally means a warning of an upcoming bad economic or unstable political environment.

"Hong Kong has seen hail many times in history. But hailstorms in large areas, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong are rare,'' she said. "It could be a case of people's complaints not being heard."
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HKG-MAN-HKG Confirmed

Manchester Airport secures Hong Kong flights deal with Cathay Pacific

Manchester today achieved its goal of securing a direct Far East flight service, in a move that will create more than 200 jobs.

Airport bosses have sealed a deal with long haul carrier Cathay Pacific, which will jet to-and-from Hong Kong four times a week.

It means Manchester is the only airport outside of London to have a direct service to China and the deal is tipped to deliver a major boost to the region’s economy.

Airport bosses - backed by council leaders - named securing a Far East flight service as their top strategic goal and have been working on a deal for more than three years

Full story here...http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....g-kong-6941957
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Running out of options
For Hong Kong to remain as a regional hub, the government must proceed soon with building a third runway at Chek Lap Kok or risk losing out to rivals
10 April 2014
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Can Shenzhen airport and the other Pearl River Delta airports ride in like white knights to save the day for Hong Kong's increasingly congested Chek Lap Kok?

As environmental lobbyists continue to grab at any available straw to block construction of a third runway at the airport, it has often been claimed that airports in the delta can fly in to Hong Kong's rescue.

These lobbyists are not wrong to force the Hong Kong government to turn over every possible stone to find an alternative to building a third runway, which would be horribly expensive and the construction of which would inevitably result in inconveniences and dislocations.

But I can say with confidence they will find exactly what I found when I went through the same stone-turning exercise three years ago. The frustrating but consistent finding of the study I published in June 2011 - "Meeting future capacity challenges at the Hong Kong International Airport: Assessing the potential of alternatives to constructing a third runway" - was that we have no choice but to press ahead as speedily as possible with a third runway.

From as early as 2016, we face increasingly severe airport congestion, whatever temporary palliatives are discovered. The longer the delay, the more severe will be the diversion of business activity to competing regional hubs.

And I can promise you, I turned over every stone I could find: extending airport operating hours; increasing flights per hour from the current 60 to 80 or so; shifting flights to Macau or Zhuhai; collaborating with Shenzhen; and prioritising wide-bodied aircraft, as we were forced to do in the dying days of Kai Tak airport.

I combed the world for examples of neighbouring airports that collaborated with each other in air traffic management. I compared the five airports in the delta with the five surrounding London to see where synergies might be developed. Each avenue of investigation ran quickly into a dead end:

Flights per hour can be increased only gradually, and - because of the location in the shadow of Lantau Peak - can never be increased to the levels of an airport like Heathrow.

Airport operating hours were already being extended at maximum speed, with limits imposed by the need to maintain the runway and ensure other maintenance and safety work.

Macau's ultimate capacity, as with Zhuhai, is pitifully small, in the region of 7.2 million passengers - woefully inadequate for Hong Kong's airport, facing growth of four million passengers per year.

Shenzhen was expanding like Topsy to keep abreast of its own demand growth: there may be a tiny window between now and 2016 when Shenzhen could "gift" to Hong Kong some spare capacity, but after that, Shenzhen itself will face capacity constraints. And to put it politely, Shenzhen's airport managers made it clear that they had no intention of gifting runway capacity to what they see as their primary competitor.

As I twisted and turned around every potential solution, the same answer returned again and again. Whatever palliatives Hong Kong discovers, we will be subject to capacity constraints from 2016, and they would become increasingly severe thereafter.

Worse still, even if the imminent environmental impact assessment for the third runway proves positive and the Legislative Council gives speedy approval to the gigantic funding need, there is no realistic possibility of the third runway being ready before 2024 - by which time, on my calculations of passenger and cargo growth in the coming decade, there will already be a pressing need for a fourth runway.

In 2011, my report to airport officials and government bosses was bleak and unwelcome. If we were going to need a fourth runway by 2024, then they ought to be pressing for that now.

And if the costs of a third and fourth runway were as high as predicted, then a truly strategic government would be looking to build a wholly new airport, since it would clearly be cheaper. You can imagine the hyperventilation in government that followed.

The message from the data is nevertheless crystal clear: Hong Kong faces an urgent choice - either to move at speed to build a third runway, at the same time capturing every possible palliative to buy time, or wilfully to "gift away" to Shenzhen, Guangzhou or other as-yet built regional airports all the growth arising from Hong Kong beyond the middle of this decade.

The harm of following the second option would be incalculable, as the virtuous economic circle created by Hong Kong's rare international hubbing role dissolved and dispersed to other hubs in the region only too eager to capture business from the city.

The urgent need is for decisive government action. But as we all know, decisiveness is not something strongly associated with our current administration. We should all be anxious about the price we will pay for procrastination.

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More travelers to board their planes in comfort
The Standard
Monday, April 14, 2014

The Airport Authority is planning to make it more convenient for passengers to board their aircraft through air bridges.
A spokeswoman said 93 percent of passengers used air bridges to board or get off flights in the 12 months ended March last year.

"Where possible, we will also arrange for an aircraft to park closer to its airline's lounges to facilitate passengers so that they don't have to walk a long distance to board a flight after using the lounge facilities," the authority said.

On allocation of parking stands connected to the terminal building, the authority gives priority to wide-bodied aircraft as they carry more passengers, long-haul flights as passengers are usually tired, and connecting flights so passengers need to walk shorter distances to make their connections.

The spokeswoman said by the end of 2015, when the new midfield concourse with 19 air bridges becomes operational, more passengers will be able to board or get off a flight in a comfortable terminal environment.

"The airport community - including the Airport Authority, airlines, ground services and others - is doing everything possible to minimize the impact arising from a more congested airport environment," the spokeswoman said.

At present, there are about 100 air bridges at Terminal 1.

The authority had earlier earmarked more than HK$80 million to overhaul all of them.

Hong Kong International Airport has become increasingly congested, particularly during the peak travel season. It has seen steady growth over the first two months of this year.

Combined traffic for January and February showed that passenger volume grew a remarkable 6.6 percent to over 9.9 million.

Flight movements increased 6 percent to 61,435.

In February alone, the airport handled nearly 4.8 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 2.1 percent, and 28,750 flight movements, an increase of 3.9 percent.
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HKIA Sees Double-digit Growth in Cargo Tonnage in March
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(HONG KONG, 13 April 2014) – Air cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) registered remarkable year-on-year growth of 10.4% to 397,000 tonnes in March. Meanwhile, HKIA handled 5.1 million passengers and 32,445 flight movements during the month, up by 2.9% and 6.2%, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

The growth in passenger traffic in March was due to 7% year-on-year growth in visitor traffic and 6% growth in transfer/transit traffic. Passenger traffic to/from Mainland China and Taiwan recorded the biggest increases.

The double-digit growth in cargo throughput last month was driven mainly by exports and transshipments, which were up 10% and 17% respectively from a year ago. During the month, cargo throughput to/from Mainland China and North America improved most significantly compared to other key regions. The increase in air cargo in March is also consistent with seasonal trends in the past, albeit with larger growth rates than usual this year.

Stanley Hui Hon-Chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, "We are delighted that HKIA remained the world's busiest cargo airport for the fourth consecutive year. In addition to running our cargo operations with the highest standards of efficiency, safety and security, we are also committed to delivering world-class, passenger-centric service to all travellers. We are encouraged to note that HKIA was named the 'World’s Best Airport Dining' and the 'World’s Best Airport for Baggage Delivery' in the Skytrax 2014 World Airport Awards.

"In the first quarter of this year, HKIA handled 15 million passengers, 997,000 tonnes of cargo and 93,880 flight movements, representing year-on-year growth of 5.3%, 5.6% and 6.1%, respectively. These robust growths continue to surpass our 20-year forecast, showing the need to expand the airport is even more pressing to meet the demand," Mr Hui added.

On a rolling 12-month basis, the airport processed 60.7 million passengers and 4.2 million tonnes of cargo, representing increases of 6.1% and 3.5%, respectively. Flight movements grew 6.3% to 377,435 over the same period last year.
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Run of ill luck for Qantas
23 April 2014
The Age

A Qantas A330 passenger jet bound for Melbourne was forced to return to Hong Kong on Monday night due to an engine vibration, capping off a disruptive few days for the airline.

Qantas said engineers were inspecting the A330, and passengers on QF30 had been put on other flights to Melbourne.

"There was no safety issue at any time," a spokeswoman said.

The engine vibration on QF30 occurred during takeoff and the plane immediately returned to Hong Kong.

This comes days after a Qantas A380 superjumbo bound for Melbourne had to turn back to Los Angeles when it was more than four hours into its flight.

The plane's captain decided to return to LA last Thursday after a warning light indicated a fault with its fuel pumps.

That plane is now back in service.

Another Qantas A380 bound for Sydney was also delayed for several days in Hong Kong late last week due to a defect in an airconditioning duct on the superjumbo's wing.

The plane was taxiing to the runway on Friday night when its pilots were alerted to a fault, and they returned the plane to the terminal gate.

The same occurred a day later when QF128 was trying to leave for Sydney. The plane eventually left Hong Kong on Monday.
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Bill for third runway 'set to climb by $50b'
The Standard
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The construction cost of the projected third runway could exceed its original HK$130 billion budget by as much as HK$50 billion.

Building a new runway has been proposed by the government on estimates that Hong Kong International Airport will reach its capacity by 2019.

But a source told Sing Tao Daily, sister publication of The Standard, that the new estimate for the runway has reached nearly HK$150 billion. If salaries and prices of construction materials continue to rise, the final budget may hit HK$180 billion.

The source added the Airport Authority has hired consultants to study the financing while it discusses arrangements with the government.

The source also said the original estimate was low since the plan was drafted in 2008 and completed in 2011, when the economy was weak due to the financial tsunami.

With construction costs on the rise, the bill may be even bigger if there are delays.

The authority has completed the environmental impact assessment and is ready to submit it to the Environmental Protection Department, the source said. The department may demand extra information from the authority within two months of receiving the report.

If the EPD approves the environmental permit, the authority must submit the third runway design and financing arrangements to the government.

Once this is approved by the Executive Council, the authority can get construction started.

The EPD said yesterday it has yet to receive the impact assessment.

With the third runway, the airport will be able to handle more than 620,000 flights annually compared to the current 420,000 flights, satisfying the traffic demands in 2030.

Authority board member Raymond Ho Chung- tai said the original budget was only an estimate. Ho said runway construction is complicated and the budget will have to be increased.

Ho said before the authority can request funding, it has to obtain the environmental permit.

Engineering sector lawmaker Lo Wai-kwok said construction costs have been increasing over the past two to three years.

He said the industry is experiencing a manpower shortage and there had been little doubt a third runway would cost more than its original estimate.

He added the final budget will depend on the design and the technology used in the construction.
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