The hair-raising turn as airliners bank sharply right to land at Kai Tak will soon be consigned to the history books, but passengers will have new views of Hong Kong when planes use Chek Lap Kok. Approach plans by the Civil Aviation Department show planes will have a clear flight into Chek Lap Kok airport whether landing from the east or west. Those landing on Kai Tak's runway 13 head for Beacon Hill before making a 47 degree righthand turn bringing them in low over Kowloon City. Residents and workers have long complained about planes which come in just 60 metres above the rooftops. On one of the new flight paths, planes approaching Chek Lap Kok's runway 25 from the northeast will pass over Sha Tin at about 1,200 metres and south of Tuen Mun at 900 metres, cutting disturbance to a minimum. Cathay Pacific's general manager operations, Captain Jeff Turner, said he would miss the 'challenging - not dangerous' landing on Kai Tak's runway 13 'to a degree' although pilots would still pride themselves on a smooth approach and landing. 'The passenger is primarily concerned with the landing, whether it is smooth or bumpy. To the pilot, there is a high degree of satisfaction in flying a good approach to a runway like 13, especially in poor weather. 'If you add a 47-degree turn from east to southeast at a late stage of the approach, it makes it a little more difficult.' Captain Turner has lost count of the number of times he has landed at Kai Tak in 20 years' flying for Cathay and nine years before that for British Airways. He has also had the chance to 'land' at Chek Lap Kok in a flight simulator. Some passengers might be saddened to lose the low run over Kowloon City and approaches which on a clear day give spectacular views of Hong Kong Island. The new routes will offer views of Macau and the Pearl River Delta, while planes leaving to the northeast will either fly up Victoria Harbour with Hong Kong Island on the right or turn sharply right to fly south out through the western harbour past Cheung Chau.