THE rail link to Chek Lap Kok airport could open before its planned June starting date, after speculation the airport would delay its opening by two months to coincide with the line's launch. The airport is due to open in April, although no date has been specified. The Mass Transit Railway Corporation's (MTRC) new line to the airport and the new Hong Kong station in Central would not be ready until June, chairman Jack So Chak-kwong said earlier this year. He said that a lack of funds and resources meant it would not be ready when the airport opened. But yesterday a spokesman for the MTRC said the corporation was 'maximising efforts' to open at 'an earlier possible date'. 'Of course, it is in the interests of all the community and the public for the airport and railway to open at the same time,' she said. 'All I can say is the MTRC is monitoring the situation and we are in discussions with the Government. 'We aim to open at an earlier date if at all possible.' The spokesman would not comment on how much extra funding or resources would be needed to bring the date forward. About 40 per cent of air passengers are expected to use the rail link to the new Hong Kong station. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Tourist Association wants an exact opening date to avoid confusion in the travel industry. Peter Randall from the association said tourists and travel agencies needed to know a definite date as soon as possible to ensure tours could be planned and promoted properly. He said tour groups could run their services without the rail link, by providing buses if it was not ready by April. 'But people in the travel industry need to know the airport's opening date - there is a lot of planning required,' Mr Randall said.