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Airport Authority Awards Consultancy Contract for Master Plan 2030

(HONG KONG, 23 July 2008) — Airport Authority Hong Kong today announced the appointment of Maunsell Consultants Asia Ltd as lead consultant for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Master Plan 2030, a 20-year blueprint that will ensure HKIA meets growing demand for aviation services and continues to serve the best interests of the community.

The study will make a comprehensive assessment of the airport’s operational requirements and constraints, so that HKIA can achieve the optimal balance between airport operations, aviation support and airport-related development. The study will be completed within a year.

Maunsell will lead an experienced team of sub-consultants that includes cost estimators and environmentalists, as well as planners with expertise in airports, airfields, terminals, retail facilities, urban and real estate development, and road and rail networks.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of the Airport Authority, said, “This study is part of a cycle in which we review our long-term plan every five years. HKIA Master Plan 2030 will update our air traffic forecasts, capacity requirements, development plans and growth strategies.

“The Plan will also review and recommend the optimal airport layout and land use development including the possibility of building a third runway and its supporting facilities and infrastructures. As part of the HKIA Master Plan 2030 study process, a separate consultancy study will assess the environmental impacts and engineering feasibilities of various airport expansion options. The consultancy study will commence within the year and will take about two years to complete,” explained Mr Hui.

Mr Hui added that HKIA Master Plan 2030 will help the airport achieve sustainable growth while retaining Hong Kong’s long-term competitiveness and position as an international and regional aviation hub. “Through HKIA Master Plan 2030, the airport will make the largest possible contribution to the social and economic development of Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland as a whole,” noted Mr Hui.

Opened in 1998, HKIA has experienced continuous growth in passenger and cargo volumes and air traffic movements. HKIA Master Plan 2030 will include consultations with airport stakeholders and review of all previous studies related to the development of HKIA since its opening.

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