On November 25, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) formally commissioned its third runway, marking an important turning point in the airport’s development into a three-runway system (3RS).
“The 3RS will significantly increase the passenger and cargo handling capacity of HKIA. With the distinct advantages of the strong support from the Motherland and our connectivity to the world, Hong Kong will maintain and enhance its status as an international aviation hub, to better dovetail with the macro strategies of the 14th Five-Year Plan and Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area,” Chan Kwok-ki, Chief Secretary for Administration, said.
“Since the construction of the 3RS started in 2016, we have overcome many difficulties and challenges. The project is progressing on schedule with the new runway starting operation in July this year. I would like to express my deep gratitude to all airport colleagues for their tremendous efforts in completing the new runway, which provides fresh impetus to economic growth. The Airport City is also developing into a new landmark. These achievements are nothing short of miracles against all odds,” Jack So, Chairman of AAHK, said.
In a video message, Song Zhiyong, Administrator of the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration, expressed his congratulations.
The 3RS construction project got underway in August 2016. In about four years, 650 hectares of land—the size of 34 Victoria Parks—were created.
In July 2022, the 3,800-meter runway was put into service. The development of T2 Concourse, the extension of Terminal 2, a new baggage handling system, and an automated people mover system are all expected to be finished on schedule and within budget in 2024.