Chek Lap Kok's south runway reopened yesterday after the last of the wreckage from the China Airlines jet was removed eight days after it crashed. The debris was cleared by midnight on Sunday and the runway reopened after the Civil Aviation Department inspected repairs to the surface. A Government Flying Services Jetstream was the first aircraft to take off from the runway at 9.46am, followed by a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 747 heading for Kuala Lumpur. An Airport Authority spokesman said all outgoing flights would use the south runway and all incoming flights would use the north runway between 10am and 4.30pm each day. After 4.30pm, all aircraft would take off and land at the south runway. The spokesman said the practice was the same as the one in operation since late May when the second, or north runway, was opened. Up to 140 workers and engineers helped removed the wreckage to a vacant area two kilometres away from the crash site over the past 4.5 days. The badly-damaged McDonnell Douglas MD-11 had to be cut into three sections for removal. Flight CI642 struck its right wing on the runway and overturned in flames on August 22. Three people died and more than 200 were injured. Airfield operations general manager Alan Lam Tai-chi said officials were still calculating the removal cost, which China Airlines would be asked to pay. The airport closed for about six hours after the crash, but Mr Lam said it was not international practice for airlines which had to cancel their flights to seek compensation from the airport.