Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) saw continued growth in cargo figures in October 2017, with throughput up by 2.3 per cent year-on-year to 430,000 tonnes, but significantly down from the 9.1 year-on-year growth recorded for the month of October. This was likely due to the last year’s robust November figures which were particularly robust due to a number of factors including the win-fall from the Hanjin shipping collapse.
The growth in cargo throughput last month was mainly driven by 4.0 per cent year-on-year growth in exports. Amongst the key trading regions, Europe increased most significantly, HKIA said.
Over the first 10 months of 2017, HKIA’s cargo throughput soared 9.9 per cent from the same period in 2016 to 4.01 million tonnes. On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA saw cargo throughput climb 9.8 per cent to 4.88 million tonnes.
During the month of October, passenger volume rose by 7.3 per cent to 6.16 million while flight movements increased by 4.0 per cent to 35,990 compared to the same month last year.