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Hong Kong needs third runway – Association of Asia Pacific Airlines

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) today reiterated its support for a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport.

It claims that the new strip of concrete is vital to ensure that the gateway is capable of meeting future traffic demand and to support Hong Kong's ongoing economic and social development.

Andrew Herdman, AAPA director general, says: "As living standards in the Asia-Pacific region continue to rise, it is very clear that demand for air travel will continue to grow. Hong Kong needs a third runway in order to remain competitive as a major aviation hub, and take advantage of such future growth opportunities.  

"Air transport exists to serve the local community, and fully recognises the need to take into account environmental and social considerations when building the required new infrastructure. These are important concerns that need to be addressed and resolved." 

Herdman adds: "We very much welcome the efforts made by the Airport Authority of Hong Kong in reaching out to the wider community in its consultation process, and its constructive engagement with various stakeholders in carrying out a comprehensive environmental impact assessment. 

"We look forward to reviewing its recommendations and are committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure that the associated environmental impacts are effectively mitigated."

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