Select Committee Inquiry Report on the New Airport

Report of the Legislative Council Select Committee to inquire into the circumstances leading to the problems surrounding the commencement of the operation of the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok since 6 July 1998 and related issues




    The Report of the Legislative Council Select Committee comprises six volumes :


    Volume I

    Main Report and Minutes of Proceedings

    Volumes II to VI

    Minutes of evidence comprising the verbatim transcripts, in their original language, of the public hearings of the Select Committee

(The report is provided in Chinese MS Word 97 format)


Volume I

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Part I - Main Report


Chapter Contents Page

1 Introduction 8 ~17

A. Background

B. The Report

2 The Select Committee 18~22

A. Appointment of the Select Committee and its terms of reference

B. Membership of the Select Committee

C. Scope of inquiry

D. Collection of documents

E. Procedures for conducting the inquiry

F. Appointment of consultants

G. Schedule of meetings, visit, public hearings and witnesses

3 Key bodies, persons and dates 23~32

A. Key bodies and persons

B. Key dates

4 Finding of Facts I 33~101

A. Choice of 6 July 1998 as the opening date of the new airport

B. Flight Information Display System

C. Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited

5 Finding of Facts II 102~161

A. Building Works and Installation of Systems

B. Building Services

C. Baggage Handling System

D. Ramp Handling

E. Telephones

F. Public Address System

G. Airbridges

H. Signage

I. Training and Trials

J. Contingency Planning for and Crisis Management on Airport Opening Day

6 Finding of Facts III 162~179

A. Security

B. Noise under the flight paths

C. Overall economic loss in Hong Kong

7 Responsibilities 180~237

8 Lessons to be learned 238~248

Acknowledgement 249~250

Signatures of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and members of the Select Committee ( Hardcopy Only ) 251

Abbreviations 252

Appendices
253

List of documents obtained from the 18 relevant bodies and consultants from August 1998 to January 1999

Legislative Council resolution passed under section 15 of the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance, Cap. 382

    Appendix 3
Consultancy report on "FIDS and FIDS-Related Problems Surrounding the Commencement of Operations at the Chek Lap Kok Airport" by the consultancy team of the University of Hong Kong academics, Part I - The Main Report, 12 November 1998

(Hardcopy Only)

    Appendix 4
Summary Reports dated 20 November 1998 to the Legislative Council by IATA's Consultants, Mr BOURKE and Captain JONASSON
    - The Result of the Review of the Documentation on Flight Path Designs

    - The Result of the Review of the Documentation on Environmental Issues

(Hardcopy Only)

    Appendix 5
"LegCo - Reply to Questions" dated 1 December 1998 from Mr BOURKE and Captain JONASSON

(Hardcopy Only)

    Appendix 6
E-mail message dated 2 December 1998 at 2:09 am from Captain JONASSON

(Hardcopy Only)

    Appendix 7
E-mail message dated 2 December 1998 at 10:52 pm from Captain JONASSON

(Hardcopy Only)

    Appendix 8
Summary Report to Legislative Council by Mr BOURKE and Captain JONASSON on "Meeting on 17 December 1998 with the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department and Environmental Protection Department concerning the Report by the LegCo Consultants on Documentation on Flight Path Designs and Noise Abatement Measures"

(Hardcopy Only)

    Appendix 9
Letter dated 9 December 1998 from the Director of Civil Aviation (DCA) to Clerk to the Select Committee
    - DCA's response to the Summary Reports by IATA's consultants (Attachment I)

    - DCA's response to the conclusions and suggestions made by IATA's consultants (Attachment II)

(Hardcopy Only)

The Select Committee's schedule of meetings, visit, public hearings and witnesses

    Appendix 11
The problem logs of the Flight Information Display System on 6 July 1998

(Hardcopy Only)

Part II - Minutes of Proceedings

254




Volume II to VI

Schedule of public hearings and witnesses


Date Public Hearings Witnesses
21/9/1998 1st Mrs Anson CHAN
Chief Secretary for Administration
and Chairman
Airport Development Steering Committee
Volume II
24/9/1998 2nd Mr WONG Po-yan
Chairman, Airport Authority
Volume II
26/9/1998 3rd Mr KWOK Ka-keung
Director
New Airport Projects Co-ordination Office
Volume II
28/9/1998 4th Mr KWOK Ka-keung
Director
New Airport Projects Co-ordination Office
Volume II
29/9/1998 5th Mr Anthony CHARTER
Managing Director
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited
Volume II
30/9/1998 6th Mr Peter JOHANSEN
Former Chairman
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited
Volume II
3/10/1998 7th Mr Richard SIEGEL*
Director of Civil Aviation
Volume III
15/10/1998 8th Mr Douglas OAKERVEE
Project Director
Airport Authority
Volume III
16/10/1998 9th Mr Douglas OAKERVEED
Project Director
Airport Authority
Volume III
17/10/1998 10th Mr Billy LAM Chung-lun#
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Airport Authority
and
Former Director
New Airport Project Co-ordination Office
Volume III
19/10/1998 11th Mr Billy LAM Chung-lun#
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Airport Authority
and
Former Director
New Airport Project Co-ordination Office
Volume III
23/10/1998 12th Mr Billy LAM Chung-lun#
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Airport Authority
and
Former Director
New Airport Projects Co-ordination Office
Volume III
3/11/1998 13th Mr Chern HEED
Airport Management Director
Airport Authority
Volume IV
5/11/1998 14th Mr Chern HEED
Airport Management Director
Airport Authority
Volume IV
10/11/1998 15th Mr NG Ki-sing
General Manager -Terminal Operations
Airport Management Division
Airport Authority
Volume IV
16/11/1998 16th Mr TSUI King-cheong
Project Manager - E & M Works
Airport Authority
Volume IV
17/11/1998 17th Mr Kiron CHATTERJEE
Head of Information Technology
Airport Authority
Volume IV
18/11/1998 18th Mr Kiron CHATTERJEE
Head of Information Technology
Airport Authority
Volume IV
19/11/1998 19th First session

Mr Kiron CHATTERJEE
Head of Information Technology
Airport Authority

Second session

Ms Vivian Karfay CHEUNG
Manager - Terminal Systems
Airport Management Division
Airport Authority
Volume V
23/11/1998 20th Dr Henry TOWNSEND
Chief Executive Officer
Airport Authority
Volume V
24/11/1998 21st Dr Henry TOWNSEND
Chief Executive Officer
Airport Authority
Volume V
26/11/1998 22nd First session

Dr Henry TOWNSEND
Chief Executive Officer
Airport Authority

Second session

Mr Allan KWONG Kwok-hung
Chairman
Chek Lap Kok Ramp Operators
Working Group

Third session

Mr Alan LAM Tai-chi
General Manager - Airfield Operations
Airport Management Division
Airport Authority
Volume V
28/11/1998 23rd First session

Mr Sidney CHAU Foo-cheong
General Manager
Aviation Security Company Limited

Second session

Mr Raymond LAI Wing-cheung
Finance & Commercial Director
Airport Authority
Volume V
30/11/1998 24th Mr Douglas OAKERVEE
Project Director
Airport Authority
Volume V
3/12/1998 25th First session

Mr Allan KWONG Kwok-hung
Chairman
Chek Lap Kok Ramp Operators
Working Group

Second session

Mr Mark SILADI
Deputy Chairman
The Board of Airline Representatives
in Hong Kong
Volume VI
5/12/1998 26th Mr LO Chung-hing
Vice-Chairman
Airport Authority
Volume VI
9/12/1998 27th Mr Donald TSANG Yam-kuen
Financial Secretary
Volume VI
11/12/1998 28th Mr KWONG Hon-sang
Secretary for Works
Volume VI
12/12/1998 29th Mrs Anson CHAN
Chief Secretary for Administration
and
Chairman
Airport Development Steering Committee
Volume VI
17/12/1998 30th Mr Anthony CHARTER
Managing Director
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited
Volume VI
19/12/1998 31st First session

Mr Albert LAM Kwong-yu
Director of Civil Aviation

Mr Alex AU Kang-yuen
Deputy Director of Civil Aviation
(Operations and Standards)

Mr CHAN Kam-sun
Principal Environmental Protection Officer
Environmental Protection Department

Second session

Captain Neil JONASSON
and
Mr William BOURKE
Consultants
International Air Transport Association
Volume VI


Remark:
* Retired on 6 October 1998.
Left AA upon completion of contract in December 1998.
# Assumed the post of CEO/AA on 1 December 1998.
Left AA upon completion of contract on 1 December 1998.