The Airport Authority is planning to expand Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) into a three-runway system to meet its long-term air traffic demand. After its expansion into a three-runway system, HKIA will continue to provide world-class service and facilities, ensuring its place as an airport of the future.
International marine mammal expert and EIA consultant for the three-runway system Dr Bernd Würsig explains the potential impact of the project on dolphins.
International marine mammal expert and EIA consultant for the three-runway system Dr Thomas Jefferson explains the potential impact of the project on dolphins.
In the EIA study, international and local experts are collecting and analysing information of Chinese White Dolphins in Hong Kong and near the expansion area using three types of field surveys that are being conducted over a 12-month period.
The AA and its team of local and overseas experts are fully assessing all possible impacts on the nearby marine ecology and fisheries arising from the construction and operation of the planned three-runway system at HKIA.
A detailed assessment on the potential noise impact is being done as part of the current EIA. The potential noise resulting from increased road and marine traffic, operation plant and equipment, and third runway construction are also being studied in detail during the EIA process.
The air quality impact assessment for the three-runway system under the EIA is a comprehensive exercise. In addition to aviation-generated emissions, it also covers ambient emissions, including those from Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.
Assessing the health impact of a major transportation infrastructure project has not been done before in Hong Kong, but this is exactly what the AA and its team of consultants are doing as they carry out studies of the airport’s planned expansion into a three-runway system. Two key aspects, namely aircraft noise and air pollutants from aircraft emissions and associated aviation activities have been identified.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is an international and regional aviation hub, and is widely recognised for its operational excellence. Through our extensive aviation network, the airport connects people from different parts of the world easily, and together supports the continuous growth of the pillar industries of Hong Kong. Also, we have pledged to be the world's greenest airport, the first commitment of its kind worldwide. We will work hand-in-hand with stakeholders on future airport development, and grow together, sustainably, with Hong Kong.
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