ACI has thrown its support behind the construction of a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), which it says will be necessary to meet future demand in the region.
Speaking at a conference organised by the Aerospace Forum Asia in Hong Kong on Friday, Angela Gittens, director general of ACI, argued the case for a new runway to be built at HKIA.
According to Gittens, the Asia-Pacific region has recorded, and will continue to record, the strongest growth in both passenger and cargo figures compared with any other region in the world.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong is set to benefit from the high gross domestic product (GDP) growth of China and is forecast to reach 100mppa by year 2027.
At the same time, Gittens said that HKIA faces keen competition from neighbouring airports for originating and destination (O&D) traffic, transit traffic as well as cargo services.
Therefore, in order to stay competitive, Gittens argued that Hong Kong should build capacity to cope with the air traffic growth before the traffic is diverted to other airports.
She said: “Our industry’s growth is inevitable, the question is which airport operators will step up to provide the capacity to meet demand.”
The conference was also attended by Stanley Hui, CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) and John Slosar, CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways.
Additionally, experts from local concern groups and various economists were there to review arguments both for and against the construction of a third runway and associated facilities proposed by AAHK in the Hong Kong International Airport Master Plan 2030.