Hong Kong considers highly costly third runway

Runway planned for reclaimed land at cost of $11.1 billion at 2010 prices

Hong Kong is considering what would be the most expensive infrastructure project in its history – a third runway at its over-congested airport. A three-month period of consultation began yesterday on the proposed runway, which would be built on reclaimed land. The cost of the project is estimated at the equivalent of $11.1 billion, although this is at 2010 prices; the nominal cost could be much higher. The airport broke a record for flight movements in a single day on April 23: 1,003 of them.
However, some experts warn that the airspace congestion of the wider region – the busiest in China‘s airspace – is the airport’s real problem. Hong Kong is within a 150km radius of four other major airports operating hundreds of domestic and international flights a day – Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau and Zhuhai – all of which are managed by two air traffic control centres. Combining them into a single centre could ease bottlenecks.
Wall Street Journal
[pictured: view of the airport from the Ngong Ping 360 cable car]


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