Cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) declined 6.1 per cent to 4.8 million tonnes in 2019, a year that posed significant challenges to Hong Kong’s air cargo community.
Vivian Cheung, executive director of Airport Operations at the Airport Authority Hong Kong says: “We went through a challenging year in 2019. I must thank the 78,000 members of the airport community for their dedication to ensuring smooth, safe journeys for our passengers, especially in difficult circumstances.”
December 2019 saw the smallest decline in many months with cargo throughput decreasing only a slightly by 1.0 per cent to 443,000 tonnes compared to December 2018.
Exports saw a 3.0 year-on-year increase in December 2019 while imports and transshipments both remained weak. Amongst key trading regions, cargo exported to Europe, India and Japan contributed the most growth.
During the year, HKIA’s extensive air network was expanded by 17 new destinations, including: Beijing Daxing International Airport, Borg El Arab, Dover Cheswold, Doncaster, Guwahati, Hefei, Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Jieyang, Labuan, Nagasaki, Niigata, Phu Quoc, Puerto Princesa, Shimojishima, Yangzhou, Yekaterinburg and Yinchuan.