In 1928, a concrete slipway was built for seaplanes that used the adjoining Kowloon Bay.
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A huge number of resources were mobilised to build this new airport, part of the ten programmes in Hong Kong's Airport Core Programme. All essential airport supplies and vehicles that were left in the old airport for operation (some of the non-essential ones had already been transported to the new airport) were transported to Chek Lap Kok in one early morning with a single massive move.
On 6 July 1998 at , after the last aircraft departed for Chek Lap Kok, Kai Tak was finally retired as an airport.
Water supply and sewers were not installed completely.
Telephones were installed, but the lines were not connected.
While Kai Tak was initially located far away from residential areas, the expansion of both residential areas and the airport resulted in Kai Tak being close to residential areas.