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The shrinking airport

2015/4/2 — 9:58

The Hong Kong International Airport is throwing money at advertising the scale of its expansion plan, under the headline “Airport Expansion – More than just a new runway”. The testosterone driven advertisements this week are based on that simple belief that big is good and bigger is better. It shows the a huge reclamation with a third runway, and proudly highlights the speed of the new people mover and the luggage crusher.

But a close look at the drawing in the advertisement tells a completely different story. It is the story of the incredibly shrinking airport plans. The mid-field expansion envisaged by Foster and Partner when they designed the Chep Lap Kok airport has shrunk. This explains why increasingly you have to wait and ride a bus between the terminal and the airplane.

Incredibly, the new terminal planned next to the third runway has shrunk to half its size in just the last few months. I can only imagine that this is done to mislead the Hong Kong community in believing that the expansion plan will cost less than HK$200bln. Oh, and no mention of the airspace constraints which should make financiers shiver. Maybe a better headline for the advert would have been “Airport Expansion – Nothing more than just a massive reclamation.”

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