Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) saw continued growth in all three traffic categories in March 2019, while cargo throughput crept up incrementally, with year-on-year growth of 0.2 per cent to 432,000 tonnes.
Exports saw an 11 per cent increase in March, making the biggest contribution to cargo growth. Amongst key trading regions, cargo exported to North America and Europe posted the largest increases. Imports and transhipments both declined.
Over the first three months of the year HKIA handled 1.1 million tonnes of cargo between January and March 2019, a 5.4 per cent decrease compared to the same period in 2018. On a 12-month rolling basis, HKIA saw cargo throughput experience a slight decline of 0.6 per cent to 5.06 million tonnes.
Meanwhile, passenger volume in March rose by 0.3 per cent to 6.4 million compared to the same month last year, while flight movements increased by 1.3 per cent to 36,735.
HKIA says the growth in passenger volume was driven by higher levels of transfer and transit traffic, which together registered a year-on-year upsurge of 9.0 per cent. Passenger traffic to and from India, mainland China and Japan recorded the most significant increases.
Because the Easter peak season fell in late March last year, Hong Kong resident travel in March this year experienced a 10 per cent year-on-year drop.