Airport Reclamation Approved
The reclamation around Hong Kong International Airport for the expansion to accommodate a third runway has been authorised by the Chief Executive. The requirement for a third runway is to meet the growing requirements of Hong Kong’s air traffic demands and the decision to approve was made following a period of consideration of the objections that were received.
An area of 1,640 hectares of foreshore and sea-bed in waters north of the airport will be reclaimed. The works include:
- Formation of 650 hectares of land by ground improvement and sea-bed filling;
- Sea-wall construction;
- Approach lights and beacons; and
- Diversion of one set of existing 11 kilovolt, six kilometre long submarine cables.
It is expected that the entire third runway system will take approximately eight years to complete. The Airport Authority wishes to commence works at the earliest opportunity.