The 3RS project is more than a new runway. Its scale is almost equivalent to building a new airport next to the existing one. It involves:
- Reclamation of approximately 650 hectares of land north of the existing airport island (equivalent to 34 Victoria Parks, or 100 artificial islands for the New Wing of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre). Non-dredge methods, including deep cement mixing technique will be used for reclamation.
- Building the Third Runway Passenger Building with more than 280,000 square metres of floor area, a total of 57 new parking positions (frontal: 34, remote: 23) and an apron.
- Building a 3,800-metre-long new runway and its supporting taxiway systems. The existing north runway will also be reconfigured.
- Building a 2,600-metre-long new Automated People Mover (APM) system connecting Terminal 2 with the new passenger building. This new APM system travels at a top speed of 80km/h and would take 2.5 minutes to travel from Terminal 2 to the new passenger building. It can transport up to 10,800 passengers per hour.
- Building a new Baggage Handling System (BHS) linking Terminal 2 with the new passenger building with a baggage transport speed of 7 to 10m/sec.
- Expansion of the existing Terminal 2 to provide arrivals, departures and full-fledged passenger services.
- Construction of other associated airport support infrastructure, road network and transportation facilities.
Upon the completion of the 3RS, HKIA will be able to serve 30 million additional passengers annually as forecasted in the HKIA Master Plan 2030. The passenger building facilities of the 3RS could be further expanded if necessary.
The Third Runway Passenger Building
A central feature of the 3RS is a new passenger building that is traveller-centric, hi-tech and environmentally friendly. The Third Runway Passenger Building will provide 57 parking positions and handle 30 million passengers per annum.
The design of the Third Runway Passenger Building balances operational efficiency with HKIA’s commitment to being one of the world’s greenest airports. It boasts many green features and a courtyard at the centre of the passenger building, where its lush green lawn and groves of trees offer a tranquil setting for relaxation and enjoyment.
Spanning a floor area of around 283,000 square metres, the spacious passenger building will offer departure and arrival passengers a green environment with plenty of natural sunlight, exquisite shopping experience and a wide array of dining options.
Innovative Technology for Smarter Travel
In the future, air travel will be more hassle-free than ever. HKIA is employing the latest technologies to help passengers check in quickly and conveniently – even from the comfort of their own home. Soon, travellers will be able to print their boarding passes and luggage tags at home, then check in their bags at one of the self-bag drop points at the airport, thus completing the entire check-in process without ever having to approach a counter. Those who prefer checking in at HKIA will still be greeted by friendly airport staff at the counters, some of them will use mobile devices to complete the check-in process, greatly shortening the queuing time.
Other new technologies will also help make passengers’ journeys more enjoyable. With indoor Global Positioning System (GPS), passengers can navigate the airport with ease. In addition, personal “Flight Information Display System” machines located throughout the terminals will allow passengers to use their boarding passes to obtain the latest information on flight status and the shortest route to the boarding gate.