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Remembering Kai Tak: Hong Kong airport that closed 20 years ago is gone but not forgotten

When it closed on July 6, 1998, after seven turbulent decades, Kai Tak Airport was a civic treasure and icon of Hong Kong

Remembering Kai Tak: Hong Kong airport that closed 20 years ago is gone but not forgotten

Kai Tak was always so much more than an airport. Hong Kong’s iconic international travel hub played a pivotal role in metropolitan life for 73 years, which came to an end with its closure 20 years ago. And rather than being marooned on the urban fringe like many busy aviation facilities, the airport was poised cheek by jowl with a residential neighbourhood – thousands of Kowloon City residents could not help but be aware of the precise moments the runway opened and closed.

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