Cathay applauds new runway support

16 / 01 / 2014

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CATHAY Pacific Airways has publicly welcomed the commitment made by the Hong Kong government to maintain Hong Kong’s long-term competitiveness as a major aviation hub and international logistics centre by supporting proposals for a third runway.

Cathay Pacific chief executive John Slosar says the government has recognised the urgent need to construct a third runway to maintain Hong Kong’s position as an aviation hub, especially given that capacity at the airport is expected to reach saturation point within a couple of years.

“Developing our home airport is particularly important as neighbouring airports in the Pearl River Delta – and throughout the Asian region – are actively moving forward with expansion projects. The onus is on ensuring that Hong Kong International Airport can remain competitive and continue to thrive,” he adds.

Cathay is also encouraged by the government’s acknowledgement that full operation of the Cathay Pacific’s new cargo terminal has helped to reinforce Hong Kong’s position as an international and regional logistics centre.

“We are pleased that the government will continue to improve facilities to capture the opportunities brought by the growth of trade with the mainland and Asia as a whole,” Slosar adds.