Date
18 November 2017
Airline unions are urging Hong Kong authorities to consider all aspects before building a third runway at the city's airport. Photo: Bloomberg
Airline unions are urging Hong Kong authorities to consider all aspects before building a third runway at the city's airport. Photo: Bloomberg

Airline unions worried about potential impact of runway project

Flight attendant unions of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (00293.HK), Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd., and British Airways have expressed concerns about the potential impact of the city’s planned new airport runway on the local labor market, Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Friday.

The unions fear the new runway and increased airline activities could aggravate the labor shortage in Hong Kong and prompt the importation of more workers from overseas. That may ultimately dent the job opportunities for locals, they said in a statement, according to the report. 

The statement came a few days after a public consultation period for the proposed third runway ended last week.

In other comments, the unions said mainland air traffic control is the main reason for Hong Kong airport traffic “jam” and that the problem cannot be solved by building a third runway.

The Airport Authority should first integrate less efficient airlines and routes before taking up the construction of the third runway, they said.

Separately, a survey by Friends of the Earth, the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society and The Professional Commons showed that about 47 percent of respondents recognized the need to strike a balance between the economy and conservation by maintaining a dual runway system, Apple Daily reported.

The result is way lower than the percentage found three years ago in a similar survey by the Airport Authority, which said 70 percent of respondents supported the construction of a third runway.

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