Interesting how the quality of comments around here improves as the day goes on.
One from last night points out the array of Hong Kong talent/immigration schemes as of 2018 (GEP, ASMTP, QMAS, IANG, TechTAS and ASSG – one ‘Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents’). And postulates that numbers will fall after a post-Covid bounceback, and some migrants will leave again as they struggle to afford living here.
Perhaps. Alternatively, the policymakers might be more focussed on increasing the number of Mainlanders in the city as an end in itself.
Another rejects the complaints over long waits for transport at the airport during the recent typhoon: ‘limiting circulation during a typhoon is prudent … suck it up, its a typhoon, just sit it out at the airport for a few hours and stop whinging’.
If the airport ATC/movements experts judged (apparently correctly) that the runway was safe for aircraft to land on, why are trains, buses and taxis unable to run in the rest of Hong Kong? The answer surely is that the airport doesn’t automatically shut down flights because the HK Observatory raises a technical signal dating back to the days of sailboats – it uses doppler radar and other fancy methods to focus on specific relevant local conditions. Maybe such a more flexible or nuanced approach isn’t feasible citywide, or maybe it is. If it were, it’s likely that at least some more land transport systems could keep operating in much of the city much of the time even though a Number 8 signal goes up. (How do they do it in other cities?)
Not that you’d want to be out when it gets bad.