Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded growth in all three air traffic categories in the first half of 2017, highlighted by significant growth in cargo throughput, soaring 11.3 per cent in the first half of the year. From January to June this year, HKIA handled 2.3 million tonnes of cargo while passenger throughput and flight movements were up slightly at 1.3 (35.7 million) and 0.9 per cent (206,560 movements) respectively, year-on-year.
In June, cargo throughput was 410,000 tonnes, representing year-on-year growth of 11.4 per cent while passenger traffic and flight movements amounted to 5.9 million and 34,590 respectively, representing increases of 0.5 and 2.4 per cent respectively. A 17 per cent year-on-year increase in June exports led to high growth in cargo tonnage for the month, while transshipments also registered strong 10 per cent growth. Amongst key trading regions, Europe and North America saw the most significant increases in June.
“As we see growth in air traffic, flight services at HKIA also continue to expand,” said Henry Ma, general manager, Airport and Industry Collaboration of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) said. “Recently two new airlines started operating at HKIA to provide more choices and convenience to passengers. Virgin Australia started operating five return flights per week between Hong Kong and Melbourne in July, while Air Japan commenced the operation of daily flights to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in June. Also, Hong Kong Airlines expanded their service to include daily direct flight to Vancouver in June.”
On a rolling 12-month basis, cargo throughput increased 9.0 per cent to 4.8 million tonnes year-on-year.