Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded a drop in cargo throughput in March, dipping 2.5 per cent to 422,000 tonnes.
While imports recorded a 13 per cent growth in March, the decline in cargo throughput was mainly attributed to the 12 per cent year-on-year drop in exports. Among the key trading regions, South Korea and Europe registered the most significant drop during the month.
Over the first three months of the year, HKIA handled 1.15 million tonnes of cargo, representing year-on-year increase of 4.2 per cent. Flight movements increased 2.7 per cent to 104,545 compared to the same period in 2017.
On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 5 million tonnes of cargo with a year-on-year increase of 7.5 per cent. Passenger throughput and flight movements increased 4.5 per cent to 73.6 million and 3.2 per cent to 423,390 respectively.
HKIA has been ranked the world’s busiest cargo airport by Airports Council International for 2017, occupying the top spot for the eighth consecutive year. In 2017, HKIA achieved record-breaking cargo throughput of 4.94 million tonnes, a year-on-year increase of 9.2 per cent.
Together with the 112,000 tonnes of airmail the airport handled in 2017, HKIA’s total cargo and airmail throughput exceeded the 5 million tonne mark for the first time. HKIA also remained the world’s third-busiest international passenger airport, handling more than 72 million passengers.