28 March 2012 by Luke McCormick
Hong Kong's government has conditionally approved a proposal to build a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport, a move welcomed by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK).
The Government has also approved AAHK's recommendation to proceed with a statutory Environmental Impact Assessment to address concerns over pollution and encroachment on the habitat of China's endangered white dolphins, as well as the preparation of facility designs under a three-runway system.
"Our airport's future development into a three-runway system is crucial if we are to maintain Hong Kong's status as a leading international and regional aviation center," said Dr. Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, chairman of the AAHK.
The findings of a three-month public consultation held last summer found 73% of respondents were in favour of the three-runway option.
Hong Kong International Airport has also announced the opening of the world's first airport IMAX cinema in June.
The cinema will be the largest IMAX theatre in Hong Kong, with a 13.8 x 22.4 metre screen and 358 seats, and will be located landside in terminal two, meaning Hong Kong residents as well as passengers will be able to enjoy it.