Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong
The Kai Tak Airport doesn’t shout out safety to you does it?
In 1912, Ho Kai and Au Tak, two businessmen, invested in a plot of land in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The Kai Tak Investment Company’s business plan failed.
The Hong Kong government attained the land and designed an airfield.
In World War II, the Japanese seized Hong Kong. The Japanese military forced Allied prisoners-of-war to develop the Kai Tak Airport. These prisoners built two concrete runways using materials robbed from Hong Kong’s memorials.
In 1954, the Kai Tak Airport became known as the Hong Kong International Airport.
Hong Kong’s population drastically increased in the 1980’s and 1990’s. This population burst strained the Kai Tak and made it the third most overloaded international passenger traffic airport in the world.
The History Channel rated the Kai Tak the 6th most dangerous airport in the world. Kai Tak Airport demanded pilots to manoeuvre around buildings leading to the runway. Former passengers claimed they could see the televisions in people’s apartments.
On July 6, 1998, the Kai Tak closed.
Hong Kong’s new international airport opened in Chek Lap Kok.