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Old December 11th, 2011, 12:59 AM   #161
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Midfield Development Breaks Ground


(from left to right) AAHK Chairman Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng and AAHK Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung officiate at the groundbreaking ceremony of HKIA Midfield development.


Dr Cheung said the phase 1 of Midfield development helps HKIA to cope with the increasing passenger traffic and needs for parking stands in the medium term.


Ms Cheng said with the completion of the phase 1 of Midfield development in 2015, HKIA will be able to handle 10 million more passengers per year and provide more parking stands for both passengers and cargo operation.


Dr Cheung and Mr Hui introduce to Ms Cheng various features of the Midfield Concourse.


Exterior of the Midfield Concourse


Interior of the Midfield Concourse


The new Concourse will be equipped with high-performance glazing panels, solar shading and north-facing skylights to maximise natural light and reduce solar heat gain.


Rooftop solar panels at Midfield Concourse to harness renewable energy

Source: http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/m...s/pr_1050.html
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Old December 11th, 2011, 07:43 PM   #162
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STH's speech at Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Midfield Development
Friday, December 9, 2011
Government Press Release

Following is a speech by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Ms Eva Cheng, at the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Midfield Development today (December 10):

Marvin (Cheung), Stanley (Hui), distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

I am most delighted to join you all today at the ground breaking ceremony of the midfield concourse.

The Airport Authority (AA) excels in managing and developing our airport facilities, providing users with world-class services.

The Authority has an eye on future growth, and invests in infrastructure in a timely manner. Last year, we saw the completion of a series of projects on the airport island, such as the SkyPier and the North Satellite Concourse, which have enhanced the capacity at Terminal 1 and the airfield.

Today we witness the kicking off of the construction works of the first phase of the midfield expansion development. With the completion of the expansion in 2015, we will be able to handle 10 million more passengers per year and provide more parking stands for both passengers and cargo operation. This is an important addition to the infrastructure inventory of the Hong Kong International Airport that will increase the airport's handling capacity to about 70 million passengers and 6 million tonnes of cargo, which is expected to cope with air traffic demand by 2020.

Timely planning and implementation of essential infrastructure is very important. For the airport, if we face capacity constraints and have to turn away demand, it is not just the aviation community that will suffer, but the users, economic activities upstream and downstream, as well as the community at large that will have to pay the price. Delayed implementation of essential infrastructure will also result in rising construction costs and deferred realisation of economic benefits. But most importantly, if we lose our competitive edge as an aviation hub to our competitors, Hong Kong's long-term economic development will be compromised.

So, we have the plans and projects well in place to take care of needs from now to 2020. Beyond 2020, we need to take forward longer-term plans to meet our future needs. The Government has been maintaining a close partnership with the Authority in delivering the Master Plan 2030, which sets out two strategic development options for the airport. In June to September 2011, the Authority conducted a comprehensive three-month public consultation exercise to collate views from the public. We look forward to receiving a recommendation from the Authority on the way forward soon. We will study the recommendation carefully with a view to deciding as soon as we can on the next stage of work.

Ladies and gentlemen, I congratulate the Authority for reaching an important milestone today, and wish the Authority every success in the midfield development project. As always, the Government will work closely with the AA. I look forward to a project that will be completed on time, within budget and maintain high safety standards.

Thank you.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 08:15 PM   #163
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HKIA Master Plan 2030:
Over 70% of Respondents Prefer Three-runway System

Government Press Release
29 December 2011

Airport Authority recommends Government to adopt three-runway option as HKIA’s development direction


(HONG KONG, 29 December 2011) – Members of the public have shown a clear preference for Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) to meet the city’s long-term air traffic demand by developing a three-runway system, according to an independent report produced by the Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

The SSRC was appointed by AAHK to compile, analyse and report on the views collected during the three-month public consultation on Hong Kong International Airport Master Plan 2030 (MP2030) that was held between 3 June and 2 September 2011.

Responses to the feedback questionnaire on MP2030 were very encouraging. A total of 24,242 questionnaires received during the consultation were analysed in the main text of the report. Seventy-three per cent of respondents to the quantitative survey said they prefer the three-runway option, with 11% opting to maintain the two-runway system and 16% remaining neutral. The HKU report also indicated that the majority of respondents (80%) agree or strongly agree that AAHK should make a decision urgently on Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)'s future expansion plans, while just 6% hold the opposite view.

Having carefully considered the findings of the public consultation exercise – and the importance of meeting future demand growth and strengthening Hong Kong's role as a leading regional and international aviation centre – the Board of AAHK today submitted its recommendation to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to adopt, for planning purposes, the three-runway option as the future development option for HKIA. The Board also recommended proceeding with the statutory Environmental Impact Assessment process and the preparation of associated design details.

In addition to over 24,000 questionnaires received online and from collection boxes located at HKIA and numerous roving exhibitions, SSRC also took into account qualitative comments collected through channels such as the public forums, Legislative Council and District Council meetings, signature campaigns, opinion surveys and more.

"We are very pleased to have received so many valuable views from the public and a wide range of stakeholders about the two development options we presented for HKIA," said Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, Chairman of AAHK. "There is a clear consensus on the need to make a decision regarding HKIA’s expansion as soon as possible, and it is also clear that the majority of those who participated in the consultation prefer the third-runway option."

"The AAHK Board would like to express its heartfelt thanks to everyone who offered their views through the questionnaires and other platforms. The Board carefully considered all the feedback, and based on these deliberations, it has submitted its recommendation to Government to adopt the three-runway option as the future development blueprint for HKIA for planning purposes. We look forward to receiving Government's support for our recommendations and hope that a decision will be made as soon as practicable," Dr Cheung added.

Commenting on way forward, Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of AAHK, said, "We are taking another important step in a long journey. We will continue our efforts to carefully plan ahead and engage our stakeholder groups as we prepare for the subsequent phases of work."

The public consultation generated extensive, in-depth discussion across the community on a broad range of issues related to MP2030, including the two-runway and three-runway development options for HKIA. Respondents to the quantitative survey were asked to evaluate eight key considerations impacting AAHK’s decision on expansion, including HKIA’s connectivity, Hong Kong’s competitiveness, environmental impact, financial cost and others.

Qualitative findings confirmed a consensus among stakeholders that enhanced air connectivity results in increased economic growth, competitiveness and job creation. Respondents were also aware of the negative impact that could result from failing to build a third runway, with little in the way of dissent.

The primary areas of concern are the environmental impact of the third runway and whether there was enough information in the consultation paper documents to adequately evaluate the impact of the options. There is consensus that the statutory Environmental Impact Assessment should commence as soon as possible to allow the necessary informed debate about how the environmental impact could be mitigated.

"While a clear majority of respondents prefer building a third runway, we understand how important it is for us to avoid, minimise, mitigate and compensate for the environmental impact that could result," added Mr Hui. "No effort will be spared in addressing each of these issues, particularly marine ecology, aircraft noise and air quality. After the completion of the three-month consultation, we have continued engaging with our stakeholders, including professional bodies, young people, green groups, other NGOs and more. This dialogue will continue as we proceed further."

Professor John Bacon-Shone, Director of the SSRC of HKU said, "The AAHK solicited a large amount of feedback during the public consultation, and the SSRC took the utmost care to compile and analyse it in a fair and independent manner. We believe that the results of the quantitative and qualitative surveys presented in the report give a true indication of the preferences and attitudes of the respondents to the consultation."

The full HKU report (in English) and its executive summary (in English and Chinese) are available on www.hkairport2030.com and www.hongkongairport.com.
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HKA & HKE welcome the result of HKIA Master Plan 2030 public consultation report
Date: 2011-12-29
Hong Kong Airlines Press Release

Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express (HKA & HKE) welcome the result of HKIA Master Plan 2030 public consultation report released by Board of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) today. The report shows that majority of respondents have a clear preference on developing a three-runway system and agree that AAHK should make a decision urgently on HKIA’s future expansion plans. The airlines strongly support the recommendations from AAHK to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to adopt, for planning purposes, the three-runway system is the best way to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a leading regional and international aviation centre.

HKA & HKE adhere to the mission to expand aviation business. We are making huge investments to underscore the airline’s commitment to the industry. The airlines will serve more routes, both short to long hauls, and operate more flights to different destinations with our fleet comprised of sufficient number of aircrafts and manpower, in a large extent. The airlines’ extensive expansion plan undoubtedly increases its demand on airport infrastructure and we believe the three-runway system is the most effective solution to accommodate the traffic demand. However, the building of three-runway system could cause environment impact and the airlines are well aware of these concerns. As environmentally friendly operations are important to us, we will work out various means and environmental protection plan including introduction of new aircrafts which can reduce carbon emission to mitigate the environment impact.

The airlines firmly believe that the three-runway system is of paramount importance to sustain long-term economic development, cater the fast-growing needs for aviation services and strengthen Hong Kong's competitiveness as a leading regional and international aviation hub. We look forward to HKIA’s further plans to collaboratively create long-term stability, sustainability and prosperity of the economy of Hong Kong.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 10:44 AM   #165
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STH's transcript of remarks on Airport Authority's recommendation to Government on Master Plan 2030
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Government Press Release

Following is a transcript of remarks (English portion) by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Ms Eva Cheng, on the recommendation from the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) to the Government on the Master Plan 2030:

Reporter: (How will the Government take forward the recommendation made by the AA?)

Secretary for Transport and Housing: I think the message is very clear that the majority of the people of Hong Kong do want to see the timely development of our airport, because they do recognise that apart from travel convenience, an airport is not just an airport - it is an important part of our economy. It will produce economic benefits, and a large employment opportunity. It is important for Hong Kong's long-term competitiveness. It's also important that we recognise nearly 80 per cent of the Hong Kong people are telling us, "Please, it is an urgent decision. Can you make it the soonest possible?"

Now that we've got the Airport Authority's recommendation, our aim is to complete our own procedures. And of course, it is a very important decision to trigger the next stage of work. And we aim to do that in the first quarter of next year, so that's within the next three months. I think for a very important decision like this, it will be an all-round consideration. Of course, that's economic, environment, social - all respects we need to consider very carefully before we proceed. But right now the important thing is to step up the time. A lot of the answers can only be made with the carrying out of a detailed environmental impact study, and that's the next stage of work that we need to decide, to trigger. Apart from that, it's the related work of the engineering study and design, as well as the financing. The three are related: for example, during the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment), a lot of mitigation measures may need to be adopted, and that will have cost implications. And in turn, we will have implications on the financing package, so that's why the three aspects are related. And I think when we trigger, that will be the work of the next quarter. And we can deal with the next stage of work after the first quarter of 2012.
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Old February 8th, 2012, 03:43 AM   #166
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Greens repeat call for study into runway
The Standard
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Green groups reiterated the need for an environmental and social assessment of building a third runway.

The groups made the call after they released the results of a survey which showed that 56percent of respondents believe too much emphasis is being placed on economic development, rather than environmental protection.

Over 73percent of 1,001 respondents also believe it is important to consider the social and environmental costs of building the HK$136.2 billion runway.

The public poll was commissioned by green groups WWF and Greenpeace, and conducted by the Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong last month.

"The figures show that there are deep-seated public concerns on the runway's environmental and social impacts that are still not addressed," WWF director of conservation Andy Cornish said yesterday.

For Greenpeace, Gloria Chang Wan- ki said: "The results confirm our worries that the public is not given sufficient information to weigh and make a responsible decision on the issue."
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Old March 1st, 2012, 10:02 AM   #167
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Extra parking spaces for airport jets to cost $2.2b
The Standard
Thursday, March 01, 2012

There will be more parking spaces at Chek Lap Kok for the latest aircraft thanks to a HK$2.2 billion development project, the Airport Authority said.

The 16 stands to be completed within two years at the western end of the airport will take the total number to 161.

Deputy director Ng Chi-kee said the additional stands will feature on a 430,000-square-meter apron to be built on the site.

"The new stands will meet the need for parking spaces in the medium term," Ng said yesterday.

"Three parking stands that can cater for new types of aircraft with longer fuselages, such as the B747-8F freighter, have also been planned."

A cross-runway tunnel will be commissioned linking the western apron to the cargo area, which was built during the construction of Hong Kong International Airport in the 1990s.

"We are seeing rising demand for aircraft parking spaces due to growing air traffic, continuous fleet expansions by airlines and the introduction of new types of aircraft," Ng said.

"Currently, passenger and cargo throughput, as well as aircraft movements, have outstripped our baseline growth projections, with both passenger trips and flight movements setting new records in 2011."

The development is believed to be crucial in meeting the expected growth in aircraft traffic, irrespective of the third planned runway entering operation.

The move comes as the Civil Aviation Department is raising the hourly handling capacity of the two existing runways from the current 62 flights per hour to 68 over the next three years.

Construction of the parking stands is set to start within the next few months and be in two phases.

By the end of next year, the first phase should be completed.

This will include the site for the first batch of nine parking stands, related support facilities and the western airfield tunnel linking the cargo area.

The remaining seven stands will be ready by 2014.
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Airport Authority Welcomes Government's Approval of
Three-runway Option as Basis for Development Planning

Airport Authority Press Release

(HONG KONG, 20 March 2012) – Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) today said it welcomes the Government's approval in principle to adopt, for planning purposes, the three-runway option as the future development direction for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

The Government has also approved AAHK's recommendation to proceed with the statutory Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and the preparation of the associated design details of the facilities under a three-runway system.

The findings of a three-month public consultation on HKIA Master Plan 2030 that took place last summer revealed that 73% of respondents to the quantitative survey preferred the three-runway option. After thoroughly considering the results of the public consultation exercise, the Board of the AAHK recommended to the Government in December 2011 the adoption of the three-runway system as HKIA's development direction.

Dr Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, Chairman of AAHK, said, "We thank the Government and the public for their support of HKIA. Our airport's future development into a three-runway system is crucial if we are to maintain Hong Kong's status as a leading international and regional aviation centre.

"The planning and development of airport infrastructure is very complex and requires a long lead time. With the Government's approval, we will immediately embark upon a three-phase process of project planning, approval and implementation. During the project planning phase, we will conduct EIA studies, develop the associated design details for facilities that are required under a three-runway system and study funding options.

"Once the process is completed and the environmental permit is obtained for proceeding with a third runway, we will finalise the necessary associated design details and develop suitable financial options for discussion with the Government. Only after all of these have been done successfully can we proceed to seek Government's approval for the third runway project. In other words, it will take about three years, subject to the granting of all required approvals, before we can start building the third runway and its associated facilities," added Dr Cheung.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of AAHK, said, "The EIA is a very important process that will help address the environmental issues raised during the public consultation exercise. We are committed to full compliance with the statutory EIA process and will explore every possible way to avoid, minimise and mitigate any environmental impact that might arise from developing into a three-runway system, including marine ecology, fisheries, water quality, air quality, noise and waste."

Earlier, AAHK pledged to undertake air quality studies under the EIA process by benchmarking against the proposed new Air Quality Objectives (AQOs) announced by the Government, despite the fact that the new AQOs will become effective in 2014.

"We do not underestimate the challenges ahead, and we are committed to approaching our upcoming work in a highly prudent, transparent and professional manner as always, working closely with all stakeholders along the way," added Mr Hui.
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Cathay Pacific welcomes government approval of three-runway option at HKIA
20 March 2012
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Cathay Pacific Airways welcomes the Hong Kong SAR Government’s approval to adopt the three-runway option for planning purposes as the future development blueprint for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

The in-principle approval comes following strong public support of the three-runway option and the recommendation to proceed by the Airport Authority of Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar said: “We firmly believe the third runway is of critical importance to the sustainability of the Hong Kong economy and, therefore, to the long-term prosperity and well-being of Hong Kong’s people. Connectivity with the rest of the world has made Hong Kong what it is today so we must be clear on how we can maintain and grow these links to our future.

“A third runway is the only viable option to ensure the long-term competitiveness of Hong Kong as an important international financial centre, trading and logistics hub, tourism destination and professional services capital.”

Cathay Pacific appreciates the government’s foresight as the carrier firmly believes that it is in Hong Kong’s best interests to take a long-term view to ensure that HKIA continues to thrive. The airline is currently making significant investments to underscore its commitment to its home hub in Hong Kong, including more than 90 new aircraft on order for delivery up to the end of the decade with a list price of some HK$190 billion, a HK$5.7 billion cargo terminal that is scheduled to open in early 2013 and more than HK$3 billion on new products in the air and on the ground to give more people a reason to fly to and through Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific will also be hiring to staff all of this growth with current plans to hire approximately 1,000 cabin crew, 300 pilots and 600 ground staff in 2012.

Cathay Pacific also welcomes the government’s direction to proceed with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the third runway. For its part, Cathay Pacific fully supports and actively implements various initiatives to fulfil the IATA’s climate change commitments – an average improvement in fuel efficiency of 1.5% per year to 2020, aviation carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and a reduction in net CO2 emissions of 50% by 2050, relative to 2005 levels.

Mr. Slosar added: “We at Cathay Pacific are confident that with the authorities, conservancy groups, the airline industry, the community at large and all other interested parties working closely together, we can have a third runway that offers the best balance of environmental, social and economic benefits for the people of Hong Kong.”
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Transport chief faces up to runway fears
The Standard
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stringent environmental standards will be met and both air and marine pollution problems dealt with in the construction of a third runway at Chek Lap Kok.

That was the pledge yesterday from the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Eva Cheng Yu-wah.

Cheng also said the exact cost of building the runway will not be finalized until design work conducted by the Hong Kong Airport Authority is completed in two years.

Speaking at a meeting of the Legislative Council panel on economic development, she said the government recognizes public concern that the building of another runway will threaten the habitats of endangered marine species and increase air pollution.

Construction will involve reclaiming 650 hectares north of the airport.

"We realize that citizens have been concerned over air, noise and ecological pollution caused by the construction of the third airport runway," Cheng said.

She stressed that the authority will conduct its environmental impact study based on new air quality standards, which will be launched by the government in 2014.

The new air quality objectives, which lay down atmospheric concentrations for several pollutants, are more stringent than existing ones.

The authority estimates the environmental assessment will cost about HK$100 million and take around two years to complete and another year to be approved.

Meanwhile, Cheng stressed that building the controversial runway is crucial to the future of the logistics industry and enhancing the territory's overall competitive edge by strengthening aviation links.

With three runways, the airport could meet the expected demand for air transport in 2030, create more jobs and bring in economic benefits forecast at HK$900 billion over 50 years.

The authority is aiming for a full plan by 2014.

The government hopes to make its final decision in 2015 and construction is expected to take eight years.
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Any updates, and maybe some photo's or info about the North Satelitte..??? I am trying to build this North Satelitte for my modells but would like to have a photo or print from above..
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Greeners let fly after runway study calls fail
The Standard
Thursday, May 31, 2012

A green group has lodged a complaint with the Ombudsman accusing the Transport and Housing Bureau of repeatedly ignoring calls for a social cost- benefit study on the proposed third airport runway.

Greeners Action said the bureau is "neglecting its duties" by turning a blind eye to an earlier request by the Legislative Council panel on environmental affairs to conduct the study and a carbon audit, in addition to the statutory environmental impact assessment.

Activists insist that performing a Social Return on Investment study is crucial as it will reveal true environmental and social costs, the rise in aviation emissions and other associated costs.

This comes after the Airport Authority officially began the impact assessment process on Tuesday by submitting a profile of the project to the Environmental Protection Department.

"The bureau is colluding with the authority to speed up the entire process as they are aware that a more in-depth study might jeopardize the entire project," Greeners Action senior project officer Yip Chui-man said.

"A social cost-benefit study will analyze the possible effects on the community," Yip added.

The authority claims the environmental assessment will cost HK$100 million, take a year to be approved and another two years to complete.

Meanwhile, Green Sense president Roy Tham Hoi-pong also criticized the authority for giving groups a mere 14 days to attend briefing sessions and submit their comments.
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Authority in the dark over runway social cost study
The Standard
Thursday, June 07, 2012

The Airport Authority Hong Kong is looking into the feasibility of conducting a study to find out the social cost of building a third runway.

But it has no concrete way of knowing how to go about it as it lacks a frame of reference.

"It is difficult for us to commit to something when we aren't quite clear what it is," Kevin Poole, the authority's deputy director of projects, said.

Poole's remarks came after the authority officially began the statutory impact assessment when it submitted a project profile of the third runway to the Environmental Protection Department last Monday.

Besides the statutory assessment and social cost study, the authority is also looking to determine the volume of carbon emissions from flights that enter and leave Hong Kong.

Tommy Leung King-yin, general manager of the authority's projects, said it is hard to gauge the cost of feeling sick because of pollution generated by the runway's construction.

"It will also be tough to keep track of the carbon emission over the airport's airspace because the pollutants can be blown into Hong Kong by the wind."

Although a non-governmental organization has conducted a study to find out the social cost of building an extra runway at London's Heathrow Airport, Leung said it is hard to just take that study's framework and apply it to Hong Kong. This is because Hong Kong and London are two different cities, he added.

That study, conducted several years ago, found the social cost of building an extra runway in London would be 5.5 billion (HK$66 billion). Another study conducted by the British government said the extra runway would bring an economic benefit of 5 billion.

Poole said that if the social cost study is to be carried out, he hopes it can be done in 2014 - the same year when the statutory environmental assessment is done.

Green Sense chairman Roy Tam Hoi- pong cast doubts on the authority being sincere about conducting the social cost survey. "Their attitude is that they are just doing it for the sake of doing it," he said.

Tam said if the authority is sincere, it should hire a consultant and pay an independent party to conduct the study.

He added that as far as he knows, no green group has agreed to work with the authority on its statutory environmental assessment.
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Setback for runway planners in call for more information
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Airport Authority has suffered a setback over its plan to build a third runway, as the government demands it should provide more project information before an environmental assessment can be carried out.

The authority said it received the request from the director of Environmental Protection on Friday, and the additional information should cover ecology, noise, health and hazards.

"The organization is firmly committed to fulfilling all the statutory requirements under the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Ordinance and will provide the requested information as soon as possible," an authority spokesman said.

The project profile is needed to outline how the authority should conduct an environmental assessment.

The two-week public consultation ended yesterday, with 209 sets of public comments received, according to the Environmental Protection Department.

As soon as the authority provides the additional information to the EPD, the authority will have to gazette its profile again. Another two-week consultation will be carried out.

Meanwhile, 12 green groups renewed their calls for a more detailed profile yesterday. They stressed that the profile is very important as it will determine how the environmental assessment should be carried out.

Clean Air Network's campaign manager Erica Chan Fong-ying said that the submitted profile does not mention three important pollution indicators that will be brought by the third runway construction - nitrogen oxide, fine suspended particulates and ozone.

"These have the biggest harm to human body," Chan said. "But they are completely not mentioned in the profile."

She pointed out these elements are essential because, for example, the pollution monitoring station in Tung Chung recorded the worst pollution of all the 14 stations in the city.

WWF's terrestrial conservation manager Alan Leung Sze-lun said the authority makes use of outdated figures to assess the runway construction's impact on Hong Kong's rare pink dolphins.

Leung said although the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department issues the number of dolphins in Hong Kong every year, the authority makes use of 2007 and 2008 figures in its profile.

"The number of dolphins was still quite stable in 2007 and 2008, but the number has dropped a lot last year," Leung said.
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CAD responds to media enquiries on safety issues concerning the third runway
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Government Press Release

In response to media enquiries concerning safety issues related to the third runway, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) today (July 10) gave the following response:

"In formulating the Master Plan 2030, the Airport Authority Hong Kong in conjunction with National Air Traffic Services have developed and designed the position and alignment of the third runway and its associated flight paths (including approach, departure, and missed approach flight paths) in accordance with standards laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization (reference document ICAO Document 8168), ensuring the "Obstacle Clearance" along the flight paths between an aircraft and ground obstacles shall meet the stipulated safety requirements. Flight procedure design experts of the CAD also endorsed the said design.

On flight path design, the current North/South Runway operation mode already enables maximum aircraft movements at the Hong Kong International Airport. Departing on the North Runway towards Tuen Mun will not increase runway capacity under the dual-runway system."
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