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Why Ditch Kai Tak?  
User currently offlineN777UA From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1017 times:

Why did they close down Kai Tak?

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User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 938 times:

They closed down Kai Tak because it was bursting at the seems and couldn't handle anymore traffic. If you look at photographs of this airport you will see the airplanes piled close to one another on the tarmac with little room to spare. Chek Lap Kok offers room for growth and so on. I personally feel that they should have kept Kai Tak open for business jets and the likes. Kind of like Teterboro New Jersey.


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineSQ1 From Switzerland, joined Apr 2014, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 929 times:

I feel the same way as CX747. Any plan that would have allowed flight activities to continue into Kai Tak would have been great.

The saddest thing is that they will now tear down the whole place and make it into a new residential estate. I guess with the chronic need for land in HK, they can't afford the luxury of a downtown regional/biz jet airport.


User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12477 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 901 times:

I guess I should really put in my two pence worth on this one!! Of course, it was bursting at the seams, but GOD, how I loved that place! I don't think there will ever be a better place for taking photos than Kai Tak. I remember when the end was near and CLK was being delayed; I used to be delighted at each and every delay in the opening. There was even talk of a crack in one of the runways, which I hoped would delay things a good few months/years. No chance of a seaquake, though!
To me, and with all due respect to Singapore, Kai Tak encapsulated the difference between SIN and HKG. It was Hong Kong - exciting, feverish activity, a little messy and untidy, but NEVER boring. (AND I'M NOT SAYING SINGAPORE IS!!) Changi on the other hand is perfect - beautiful, open space, neat and tidy etc. And that's great, but given the choice, it was always Kai Tak for me.

Yes, I know it's long. I just had to get it off my chest!!*sniffle*


User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 896 times:

Kaitak I couldn't agree with you more. Close down Chek Lap Kok and reopen Kai Tak. Kai Tak forever.


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12477 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 885 times:

Thanks CX747! Either that or "anyone have a timewarp machine for sale?!!"

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