Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded a 4.3 per cent growth in cargo and mail throughput, as part of continuous growth in all three air traffic categories in May 2018.
Cargo and airmail throughput rose to 436,000 tonnes while flight movements increased 1.6 per cent to 35,985 and passenger numbers increased by 1.0 per cent to 6.04 million, compared to the same month last year.
Cargo transhipments recorded year-on-year increase of 16 per cent, contributing the most to the growth in cargo throughput. During the month, Southeast Asia and India increased most significantly among the key trading regions.
Over the first five months of the year, HKIA handled 2.03 million tonnes of cargo and airmail, representing year-on-year increase of 4.1 per cent respectively.
On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA recorded 5.13 million tonnes of cargo and airmail, and 424,590 flight movements, representing year-on-year growth of 6.5 and 2.9 per cent respectively.
Cissy Chan, executive director, Commercial for Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), said: “Recently we awarded the tender for a premium logistics centre at Kwo Lo Wan in the South Cargo Precinct of HKIA, which will provide further impetus to Hong Kong’s air cargo development by helping us capture the rapidly growing global e-commerce business.”
Meanwhile, HKIA’s extensive air network has been further enhanced as Air Belgium, a brand-new airline, launched its maiden route between Brussels South Charleroi Airport and HKIA in early June. Operating two flights per week, the direct flight service increases flight frequency from Hong Kong to the heart of Europe.