The Third Runway in Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is Essential

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As Sassen (40) defined, networks and circus are elementary of global cities, having a well–connected airport is thus critical for linkage of a city with the world as it allows intensive flows of information, people and products. Hong Kong has developed itself into an international aviation hub the holds leading position in both passenger and cargo terms. According to the Airports Council International (), HKIA ranked as number 10 and 1 as the world’s busiest airport by passenger and cargo traffic respectively. We should, of course, be proud of having such an outstanding airport as foundation of our economic success. However, other Asian cities have caught up in challenging Hong Kong’s leadership for their increasing passengers and cargo flows and expansion plan to increase capacity. To what extent the third runway, as suggested by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), can help Hong Kong withstand such a fierce competition? First, an extra runway can expand the capacity of the airport to satisfy the expected strong traffic demand. Facing the rise of many developing countries in Asia, especially China, the total number of passengers and cargo of HKIA in 2030 will be doubled of 2012 (AAHK 20). The expansion into China’s market, which is crucial to establish greater network to stay advantageous over its competitors, also requires higher air-traffic capacity. Yet, under the existing two-runway operation, the airport will be saturated by 2020 that would lead to great economic losses without further expansion (AAHK 24). In fact, Hong Kong has embedded with geographical advantages that not only as the significant gateway to China, but also being able to reach half of the world population within five-hour. Airbus (22) predicts Asia as ... ... middle of paper ... ... et al. "HKIA’s Third Runway —The Key for Enhancing Hong Kong’s Aviation Position." Aviation Policy and Research Center. Chinese University of Hong Kong, 28 Novemeber 2007. Web. 28 Nov 2013. Chong, K.L, M Fung, and et al. "HKIA’s Third Runway —The Key for Enhancing Hong Kong’s Aviation Position." Aviation Policy and Research Center. Chinese University of Hong Kong, 28 Nov 2007. Web. 28 Nov 2013. FlightStats. "Airline and Airport On-time Performance Report." (2013). www.flightstats.com. Web. 28 Nov 2013. LHR Airports Limited, . "Heathrow unveils a new approach to third runway." Press release. LHR Airports Limited, 17 Jul 2013. Web. 28 Nov 2013. Sassen, S. "The Global City: introducing a Concept." Brown Journal of World Affairs. 11.2 (2005): 40. Print.

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