Airmail volumes nose-dived at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in the month of July, down 24 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) as cargo volumes and cargo flight movements also both dipped slightly by 1.1 per cent, but transhipment kept the overall volumes steady.
Overall, July cargo volumes came in at exactly the same level as July 2017 at 433,000 tonnes, with transhipment volumes – up 9.0 per cent – compensating for the drop in airmail and import/export cargo.
Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to/from North America and Southeast Asia increased most significantly.
Over the first seven months of 2018, cargo and airmail throughput experienced year-on-year increases of 3.1 per cent, reaching 43.6 million and 2.9 million tonnes respectively. Flight movements increased by 2.1 per cent to 247,980 compared to the same period last year.
On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 5.1 million tonnes of cargo and airmail, and 425,770 flight movements, representing year-on-year growth of 4.7 and 2.7 per cent respectively. Airmail was also down over the 12 month basis, by -3.3 per cent to 105,000 tonnes.
Meanwhile, HKIA is expecting the launch of a new airline service that will broaden the airport’s extensive network further. Michael Yuen, general manager, Airport and Industry Collaboration, Airport Authority Hong Kong, said: “We are delighted to welcome EgyptAir, a new addition to HKIA’s operating airlines, which will offer twice-weekly flights to and from Cairo via Bangkok starting from 18 September.” The service will be further increased to three times per week from 28 October.