A pressure group has been formed to bolster a campaign seeking to replace the air-traffic control tower at Kai Tak airport that was taken down last month. Save Kai Tak Now has requested the government rebuild the tower to service a short runway that could be used to train pilots, and as a base for the Hong Kong Flying Club. The lobby group's director, Francis Chin, said he submitted the proposal at the behest of air-traffic control union members who felt nostalgic for their former workplace. But the plan has met fierce opposition from officials. The government - which wants to turn the 300-hectare site into a centre for tourism, culture and transport - tore down the tower because it was on the site of a proposed subway station. Wong Tai Sin District Council earlier launched a campaign seeking to rebuild the tower in an alternative form, such as a museum, to preserve it as an icon. A government spokeswoman said a decision on whether to rebuild the tower would be made at a later stage of the review into the Kai Tak redevelopment, which began in September. 'We would take into account comments received from the community on the ex-air traffic control tower and the technical assessments from concerned departments in preparing the land-use framework for Kai Tak,' she said. The tower was carefully disassembled when it was taken down. The steel frame will undergo anti-corrosion treatment, and along with other parts, stored in a watertight container until a decision is made on whether it will be rebuilt. Kai Tak Airport opened in 1925 and its expansion mirrored Hong Kong's growth as an international city. The last control tower to be built there went up in the mid-1960s, and for 30 years guided commercial aircraft down the famous approach to the airport, in which passenger airliners barely cleared the rooftops of Kowloon City as they banked to land. Air-traffic controllers at Chek Lap Kok who were previously at Kai Tak have said they enjoyed working at the old control tower because of its unusually close proximity to the notorious runway 13.