The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) marked the completion of pavement works for its third runway, marking the halfway point of a HKD $141.5 Billion (~USD $18.2 Billion) expansion of the city's aviation hub.

Being the biggest update to the airport in years, it is part of HKIA's future plans under its the Three-runway System (3RS) project that would boost the capacity of the airport using three runways.

Started in 2016, the project included the formation of 650 hectares of land reclamation followed by runway pavement work. Along with the the third runway, the 3RS plan includes the expansion of the existing Terminal 2 (T2), construction of a new concourse for T2, and a new automated people mover sytem and high-speed baggage handling system. The runway is scheduled to open in 2022, while the work for T2 is scheduled to be completed in 2024.

The third runway and work on Terminal 2 will raise HKIA's annual passenger traffic capacity to around 120 million.

To mark the occasion, the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) hosted a ceremony on the third runway attended by a delegation of city and airport officials including Hong Kong Special Administration Region (SAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Speaking at the ceremony, Lam noted the progress on the 3RS project for the future of the city's airport saying “3RS is an integral part of our vision to transform from a ‘city airport’ into an ‘Airport City’”

As part of the airport's future vision to become an “Airport City,” AA Chairman Jack So stated: “The AA is also developing an Airport City, comprising retail, dining and entertainment facilities; as well as office towers, a logistics centre and a mega performance venue. These projects will be completed in phases from 2023 to 2027. Taking full advantage of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai Macao Bridge, the Airport City will be a unique landmark in the Greater Bay Area.”

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