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Airport Authority promises social impact study for third runway

As the debate over a third runway at Chek Lap Kok airport rages, the Airport Authority has agreed to carry out a social impact study. Photo: SCMP

The Airport Authority has bowed to pressure from green groups and agreed to carry out a social impact study on the planned third runway at Chek Lap Kok, as activists continue to snub meetings on the controversial project.

Tuesday, 28 April, 2015, 10:57am

Heathrow hassles fail to materialise

You travel halfway around the world and guess who is the first guy you bump into? None other than someone from Hong Kong, which once again proves the old maxim that the world is indeed a small place.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Benefits for high-fliers

Airports worldwide are introducing special enticements to stay competitive and London's Heathrow has rolled out an elite 'Heathrow by Invitation' VIP service.

Once a private benefit used for years by royalty, heads of state and dignitaries, the service can now be reserved by privacy-seeking groups such as celebrities and corporate travellers.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Airport Authority rethinks stance on social costs

The Airport Authority appears to be softening on its reluctance to conduct an extra study on the social costs and benefits of building a third runway, and to gauge carbon emissions from aircraft.

The authority has also pledged to identify the practical methodologies for such a study to ease public concerns over the development.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Decision time as public backs third runway

A decision on whether to go ahead with the most expensive infrastructure project in Hong Kong's history will be made by the current government before the city's next chief executive is chosen in March.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Missing figures in runway equation

The government will be told by December whether a third runway is needed for Hong Kong International Airport's future development, the Airport Authority said yesterday at the end of a three-month public consultation.

However, it is likely the recommendation will be made without knowledge of what the HK$136.2 billion project's real economic and social costs might be.

3 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Extended debate on runway ruled out

The Airport Authority will not extend the consultation period for its proposal to build a HK$136.2 billion third runway at Hong Kong International Airport, which is set to end on Friday, despite appeals by lawmakers and an allegation that the economic benefits of the project have been grossly overestimated.

30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Credibility sorely lacking in consultation on third runway

The public consultation for the Airport Authority's Master Plan 2030, which proposes ways to expand airport capacity, including building a third runway, ends this Friday. Are the opinions expressed so far rational? Has appropriate and sufficient information been accessible in a timely manner to the public, beyond just professionals and politicians? Is the process of consultation fair?

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Third runway fears

The global conservation body WWF is calling on the Airport Authority to halt public consultation on the planned construction of a third runway until more information is revealed.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

How much is Airport Authority spending to promote third runway?

The Airport Authority is obviously prepared to plough every furrow to disseminate its message that it will be the end of civilisation as we know it if its very costly plan to build a third runway is not given the green light.

16 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Sky-high marketing for runway plan kept secret

The transparency of the Airport Authority is in question after the statutory body refused to reveal the marketing budget for its controversial third runway plan.

Peter Lok Kung-nam, who headed the Civil Aviation Department from 1990 to 1996, said Hong Kong people had the right to know how much was being spent on marketing 'since they are using public money'.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Runway backers 'ignore true cost'

The economic arguments put forward by the Airport Authority in support of the third runway project have been criticised for completely ignoring the social and environmental costs.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Chocks away

This week, the Airport Authority released the master plan on Chek Lap Kok's development up to 2030 and launched a three-month public consultation on whether a third runway is needed.

The document outlines two development options - one for and one against the building of a third runway - and contains the pros and cons.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

BA adds its voice to chorus calling for third runway

British Airways chairman Martin Broughton says Hong Kong could lose passenger and cargo traffic to rival cities if it does not build a third runway.

He said he was 'surprised that consultation has been held back' on the development of the third runway.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Logistics bodies join chorus for third runway

Exporters and freight forwarders have thrown their weight behind plans to build a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport. They said the facility needed to be built within the next seven to 10 years if the city was to maintain its position as a trading and airfreight hub.

26 Feb 2011 - 12:00am