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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 April, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 April, 1995, 12:00am

FOR the first time I find myself in agreement with Peter Lok, director of Civil Aviation, in his letter headlined 'The full story' (South China Morning Post, April 4). He is correct that the published schedules only partly reflect the full story of the use of Kai Tak airport.

The full story includes: Upwards of four to seven arrivals or take-offs between 6.30am and 7am each morning, including Sundays.

Arrivals and departures after 11.30pm and indeed after midnight.

Incoming aircraft at around 4.30am a couple of weeks ago during supposed 'quiet hours'.

The back-wash from aircraft, arousing the barking of every dog in the neighbourhood.

Babies and toddlers being awakened, upset and having their sleep broken continually.

Car alarms being set off by the vibration caused by the disturbance and continuing to sound after aircraft have passed.

Sleep deprivation every day of the week for Kowloon residents affected by the flight-path.

This isn't the full story either. I am sure other full-time residents of Mei Foo, Shekkipmei, Yau Yat Chuen, Kowloon Tong and Kowloon City could add to the list at length.

The director of Civil Aviation claims 'we do care and do try to minimise the disturbance to residents living under the flight-path'.

How does this square with his determination to increase the amount of disturbance through an increase in air traffic in and out of Hong Kong? Or could it be that he is not giving us the full story either? G J BURNS Kowloon



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