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Old September 17th, 2014, 08:26 PM   #241
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Greens mull court action on runway
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seeking a judicial review is now looking more likely in connection with the airport's proposed third runway, a green group said.

Green Sense spokesman Roy Tam Hoi-pong said the last hope of those who oppose the plan rests with the Environmental Protection Department, after the Advisory Council on the Environment gave its approval on Monday.

"Should the EPD's director [Anissa Wong Sean-yee] ignore our demands and issue an environmental permit to the Airport Authority, we will have no choice but to apply for a judicial review," Tam said.

About 20 protesters from Green Sense and residents of Park Island had appealed to the council not to approve the plan, but it was in vain.

Environmentalists fear the building of the runway will severely affect the habitat of the white dolphin an issue they say was played down in the authority's environmental impact assessment report.

The residents also claimed the report failed to address the noise pollution that would affect them.

The council granted conditional approval for the runway, but attached 20 conditions. The EPD must decide within 30 days whether to issue a work permit to the authority.

Council chairman Paul Lam Kwan-sing said the conditions and advice were adequate for the construction.

Conditions include a 2,400-hectare marine park to be developed after expansion at the airport and speed controls on airport ferries.
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Old November 9th, 2014, 07:03 PM   #242
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Airport Authority Welcomes Granting of Environmental Permit for Three-Runway System
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7 November 2014

Airport Authority Hong Kong (the AA) today said it welcomes the decision of the Director of Environmental Protection to approve the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and issue an Environmental Permit (EP) for the proposed expansion of Hong Kong International Airport into a three-runway system (3RS).

Fred Lam, Chief Executive Officer of the AA, said, “We are delighted to obtain the EP. It marks a major step in Hong Kong’s pursuit of strengthening its long-term competitiveness and leading aviation hub status.

"The AA is committed to carrying out all the mitigation measures proposed in the 3RS EIA report, and fully complying with all the conditions listed by the Environmental Protection Department in a highly prudent, transparent and professional manner,” added Mr Lam. “Our aim is to achieve a balance between economic development and conservation.

"Now that the EP has been granted, the AA will kick-start the marine park proposal by developing a management plan for a 2,400-hectare marine park, as committed to in the EIA report. This represents the largest of its kind in Hong Kong. We will also formulate and finance a detailed Marine Ecology Conservation Plan with support from relevant experts and stakeholder groups. This plan will outline our approach for the conservation of marine life, particularly the Chinese White Dolphins (CWDs) within Hong Kong and Pearl River Estuary waters.

"To further enhance early protection for CWDs, the AA will also devise a Marine Traffic Routes and Management Plan for high-speed ferries operating out of the SkyPier, to minimise the chance of disturbance in western waters. Some of these precautionary measures will be implemented even before we begin construction on the 3RS,” Mr Lam explained.
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Old November 19th, 2014, 04:50 AM   #243
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Tuen Mun logistics hub to take fast way to airport
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ten hectares of land in the west of Tuen Mun is set to be developed into a logistics hub handily placed for the airport.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung confirmed: "We have earmarked new land in the western New Territories for developing multistory, purpose-built logistics facilities with excellent connectivity to the airport."

It should take 15 minutes to reach the airport by road via the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link, which is expected to be completed in 2018, and the hub will be developed in phases.

A traffic impact assessment for the proposed development is now being conducted, a spokeswoman for the Transport and Housing Bureau said.

"Subject to the findings, we will then proceed with district consultation and seek approval from the Town Planning Board," she said.

The land for the hub in Tuen Mun is expected to be released in phases starting from the middle of next year.

Addressing an international logistics and maritime forum, Cheung said the SAR is constantly enhancing its capabilities to meet the changing needs of regional trade and supply chains.

The government remains committed to that process and seeks to identify suitable sites to help with logistics development amid a scarcity of land, he said.
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Old December 5th, 2014, 04:50 PM   #244
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Old January 8th, 2015, 08:12 PM   #245
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Notice the mid-field construction in this older photo :

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Old February 7th, 2015, 02:23 PM   #246
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Two Hongkongers seek judicial review to block permit for third runway at Chek Lap Kok
7 February 2015
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Two Hong Kong citizens who claim the government unlawfully issued a permit for the addition of a third runway at Chek Lap Kok airport sought a judicial review from the High Court yesterday.

Ho Loy and Tam Kai-hei filed an application urging the court to quash the director of the Environmental Protection Department's decision to approve an environmental impact assessment report and issue a permit for the expansion project in November last year.

They also named the Airport Authority as an interested party in their application.

They state in their application: "The nature of these decisions is of undoubted public importance. They concern one of the largest and most important infrastructure development projects in Hong Kong.

"It will have long-lasting environmental impact on people, flora and fauna over a wide area of Hong Kong."

They complained the director of environmental protection had unlawfully exercised power in approving a report which did not meet the requirement in assessing the noise and air-quality impact of the expansion.

They also claimed the report failed to provide measures to protect Chinese white dolphins off the north of Lantau Island during the construction phase.

The pair also said that the director failed to explain how the decision was reached in granting the permit. They claimed this cast doubt on the reasoning involved.
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Old February 12th, 2015, 06:50 PM   #247
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Consensus required in financing the third runway
12 February 2015
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There have been considerable consultations and discussions and much debate and discussions over the question of whether to build a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport.

Through many rounds of consultation, the third runway project has specifically addressed the demands and concerns of environmental groups. As far as established consultation procedures go, the third runway project has done everything that it should have; now it is time to explore the implementation of the project. Naturally, for some concern groups, the third runway project is an anathema regardless of whether or not it is carried out in line with established standards. To these concern groups, the whole concept of the project is wrong. Such groups are not expected to become supporters of the project. Such controversial views bring the additional litigation risks.

Indeed, since 1997, all manner of controversies have arisen in Hong Kong and the third runway is certainly unlikely to be the last. In open societies such situations have become the norm. The consequences are soaring construction costs and project completion delays.

In the tendering decisions of this type of public projects, contractors often factor such risk factors into the quotation submitted for their bid, hence construction costs increase.

It is generally emphasized that this is not a bad thing, because an open society, by definition, requires compromise on issues. This is a price worth paying. Furthermore, in Hong Kong, respecting the right to voice contradictory views is a core value. Of course, it is the responsibility of government to pay the bill. While the government is still wealthy, the public is unaware of these costs, and people tend to be tolerant.

But the situation is different for the third runway. Though the government enjoys considerable influence in the Airport Authority (AA), as an AA shareholder, the AA is not the government. The construction of the third runway cannot be seen as a general public works project, it should rather be seen as a capital investment in a public organization. The third runway will bring economic benefits, but it also requires considerable capital investment. From the AA viewpoint, it is not possible to consider only the overall economic benefits the third runway brings to Hong Kong. The AA also must study the feasibility of the third runway from a corporate perspective.

That is, the construction of the third runway has to be judged on commercial principles. The evaluation and consideration of the project rests on its financial viability, though it need not necessarily produce maximum profits. To make the third runway project financially feasible, it is important to examine its costs and sources of funding. This is a prudent approach necessary in any capital budgeting plan.

The AA now distributes billions of dollars to the government in the form of dividends. In the last financial year, it received HK$ 4.4 billion dollars in AA dividends. This can be regarded as the government's financial return on its investment in the airport. If the government were to waive its right to dividends throughout the construction of the third runway, the AA would have billions of dollars cash inflows to deal with the capital requirements of the runway project.

In such a scenario it would also be worth noting that any dividend waived by the government, would equate to reinvestment in the AA. However, the current perception is that it is an internal capital decision and not public money, hence there is greater flexibility. Moreover, if this waived dividend were to be used as a source of financing, the AA could immediately raise billions of dollars of medium-term capital, which would be useful to the capital requirements of the third runway project. Further, for a major engineering project it is not possible for immediate full operation. The project will be launched in phases, so funding requirements will vary at different stages of development.
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Old February 25th, 2015, 07:17 PM   #248
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Hong Kong Aims to Get Third Runway Ready by 2023 as Demand Soars
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February 25, 2015

Hong Kong, the world’s largest international air cargo airport, aims to start construction next year on a third runway that will open by 2023 as regional rivals step up efforts to capture growing passenger traffic and cargo demand in Asia.

The new facility will help Hong Kong International Airport boost capacity to 100 million passengers and 9 million tons of cargo a year by 2030, Financial Secretary John Tsang said in his budget speech today. The airport said it handled 63.4 million passengers and 4.38 million tons of cargo last year, both records.

“It is imperative for us to take forward the development of a three-runway system in order to meet our long-term air traffic demand and to maintain our status as an international and regional aviation center in the face of fierce competition from other airports in the region,” Tsang said in a prepared statement.
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Old February 25th, 2015, 09:01 PM   #249
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Hong Kong Airport Proposes Levy After Third Runway Approved
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March 17, 2015

The Hong Kong government approved a third runway at the city’s international airport, pledging to fund the HK$141.5 billion ($18.2 billion) expansion through a mix of internal funds, external borrowings and higher user fees.

Airport Authority Hong Kong is proposing to levy a HK$180 additional fee on departing, non-transit passengers until the end of the construction, Chief Executive Officer Fred Lam said at a press briefing in Hong Kong today. It will also retain operational surpluses for a decade and halt annual dividend payments to the government, he said.

“The three-runway system is more than a transport infrastructure project, it is essential to keep our economy going,” Anthony Cheung, Hong Kong’s secretary for transport and housing, said at the same briefing.

Slated to open by 2023, the third runway would help Hong Kong compete with regional rivals seeking to benefit from growing passenger traffic and cargo demand in Asia, particularly China. Singapore recently announced plans to spend S$3 billion ($2.2 billion) to develop a fifth passenger terminal at Changi International Airport over the next decade.

The new facility would help Hong Kong International Airport, the world’s largest handler of air cargo, boost capacity to 100 million passengers and 9 million tons of cargo a year by 2030, Financial Secretary John Tsang said in his budget speech last month. The airport said it handled 63.4 million passengers and 4.38 million tons of cargo last year, both records.

The third runway would be situated to the north of the airport and would be used only for landing, because of safety reasons. It would raise the airport’s capacity to 102 flights per hour, Cheung said, from 68 now.
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I assume construction will start this year?
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Old March 18th, 2015, 05:14 AM   #255
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I assume construction will start this year?
Not sure yet since the project was challenged in court by some citizens so we need to wait for the legal proceedings to finish before construction begins.
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The airport cost HK$156 billion, putting it among the world’s most expensive
22 March 2015
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The airport cost HK$156 billion, putting it among the world’s most expensive airport construction projects.

October 1989: Hong Kong Governor Sir David Wilson announces plan to construct a new airport at Chek Lap Kok.

September 1991: The British and Chinese governments sign a memorandum of understanding in support of the airport project, setting expenditure at HK$98 billion.

June 1993: Hong Kong government announces need for a HK$135.6 million wind-shear warning system at Chek Lap Kok to alert pilots of wind or turbulence, after the shape of hills on Lantau Island are identified as causing risk of wind shear.

December 1993: Land reclamation works on the airport site reaches Lam Chau island.

1993 to 1994: Relations between British-ruled Hong Kong and Beijing deteriorate as the Chinese side refuses to take on post-handover debt, questioning why the colonial government did not use its surplus to fund the project.

January 1994: Beijing’s top official on Hong Kong affairs criticises Hong Kong government for seeking extra funds for airport projects without waiting for a Sino-British financial agreement. Beijing insists that financing follow the Memorandum of Understanding, which limits debt levels to HK$5 billion. Beijing insists the government’s surplus of more than HK$100 billion be used to fund the project.

June 1995: Land reclamation and excavation to form the 1,255-hectare airport site is completed.

1996: Around 4,000 imported labourers work on the project as it nears completion, well below the estimated 17,000 originally thought needed. There were about four local workers for every foreign worker. A pay dispute sees Thai workers down tools at the Kwai Chung Route 3 viaduct project on September 26, 1995.

May 6, 1998: First 12 removal trucks leave Kai Tak Airport to prepare for the move to Chek Lap Kok. In what is said to be the largest peace-time operation, more than 1,200 vehicles, 14 barges, 30 aircraft and 40,000 people move equipment on July 5, 1998. Around 10,000 vehicles, 70 barges and 30 aircraft are prepared for the relocation.

July 2, 1998: President Jiang Zemin opens the HK$156 billion Hong Kong International Airport.

July 6, 1998: Airport opens to public as Cathay Pacific flight CX889 from New York becomes the first commercial flight to land and CX907 to Manila becomes the first flight to depart.

July 1998: New airport is plagued by a series of teething problems as baggage goes astray, toilets fail to flush, Airport Express trains break down and cargo operations are forced to move back to Kai Tak.

December 27, 1998: Hong Kong International Airport sets record for number of passengers passing through it in one day as more than 100,000 people use the hub. More than 27 million passengers used the airport in 1998.

August 22, 1999: A China Airlines flight from Bangkok crashes on landing at Chek Lap Kok during a typhoon, killing two people. Passengers are trapped upside down in their seats for hours after the plane flips.

November 2003: Government planners introduce the Hong Kong 2030 Study to the legislature, calling for the first time for a third runway to be built at the airport on the grounds that it would reach capacity by 2020.

June 2007: Terminal 2 officially opens.
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Public opinion turns against third runway, poll shows
23 March 2015
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The planned HK$141.5 billion third runway at Chek Lap Kok airport is facing strong opposition, according to a survey commissioned this month by green groups that arrived at very different findings from a government study held four years ago.

Two-thirds of Hongkongers polled now want the Airport Authority to focus on improving the operations of its two runways before considering building a third, the latest survey shows.

Back in 2011, the authority found in its study that 73 per cent of residents supported having a third runway. A green campaigner said that survey took into account views collected from the logistics industry, which would favour a new airstrip.

Plans for the new runway are mired in criticism, not least because of its multibillion-dollar budget. But the authority's chief executive, Fred Lam Tin-fuk, defended the high cost, saying the project was more than just an additional runway.

"It's almost like building an airport. There will be a new concourse, railway system and luggage system," Lam said on television yesterday.

The Executive Council approved the project last week in an attempt to boost the city's competitiveness.

However, public opinion is in favour of the authority enhancing the existing twin-runway system before contemplating a third airstrip, based on the latest Baptist University poll, which surveyed 617 people from March 10 to 18. Researchers found 68 per cent agreed or strongly agreed with this stance, with 31 per cent disagreeing or strongly disagreeing with it.

They also found 57 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that the government should wait for the outcome of a judicial review challenging the project's environmental impact assessment before progressing further. Asked if the government should become the authority's guarantor and allow the project to be financed in a way that bypassed Legislative Council oversight, 68 per cent disagreed or strongly disagreed.
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High-speed rail to mainland China won’t curb demand for Hong Kong airport third runway, officials say
Airport Authority rejects concerns of town planners that Guangzhou link will be more convenient and divert travellers from Chek Lap Kok
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Hong Kong Airport Authority officials have dismissed Town Planning Board members’ concerns that a high-speed rail link from the city to mainland China would divert passengers’ demand for a third runway at Chek Lap Kok airport.

Officials briefed board members this morning on the HK$140 billion three-runway system after the Executive Council gave the green light for construction last month. They insisted that an extra runway was crucial in maintaining Hong Kong’s competitiveness.

Wilson Fung Wing-yip, the authority’s executive director of corporate development, rejected criticisms that a lot of resources were used to serve mainland China-bound flights, saying they accounted for only 23 per cent to 24 per cent of total passenger flight movements.

However, board vice-chairman Stanley Wong Yuen-fai said the figures were still a significant proportion of flights, questioning whether the completion of the high-speed rail link would divert passengers to rail.

“When the high-speed rail is completed, my estimation, and according to documents presented to us previously, is that many Hongkongers and mainlanders would use rail,” he said.

Another board member, Dr Lawrence Poon Wing-cheung, had a similar query. “Some might use high-speed rail to come to Hong Kong because it is more convenient,” he said.

But Fung said high-speed rail would have little impact on flight demand. He explained that only rail destinations within a six-hour journey would be able to compete with air travel, but that accounted for only around 5 per cent of mainland China-bound flights.

“We have also studied [the situation] in France and Japan ... some mainlanders might want to make use of Hong Kong airport which can connect them to the world,” Fung said. “We don’t think high-speed rail would cause a significant impact to us.”

The high-speed rail link from Hong Kong to Guangzhou is scheduled for completion in 2017 – two years late and HK$6 billion over its initial HK$65 billion budget.
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The Zhuhai & Macau bridge construction has reached the southern tip of the airport island :

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Should be an impressive view of the airport from the bridge.
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