Traffic figures at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) saw decreases in January 2020, with cargo down 10.4 per cent compared to the same month last year, to 359,000 tonnes as the traditional Chinese New Year (CNY) holidays damped cargo, and the coronavirus took hold.
Cargo throughput declined due to closure of factories and businesses in Mainland China during the Chinese New Year holidays, which saw 15 and 10 per cent declines in imports and transhipments, respectively. Exports decreased by 9.0 per cent compared to the same month last year. Amongst key trading regions, traffic to/from Southeast Asia and North America decreased most significantly in the month.
Vivian Cheung, executive director, Airport Operations of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) says: “HKIA’s traffic has been affected by multiple factors, including the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus in late January and social circumstances. We expect to see continued decline in traffic numbers in February as airlines have suspended flights and governments in different markets have implemented immigration restrictions and quarantine measures. The AA has stepped up cleaning and disinfection work in the terminal and passenger facilities, and continues to work closely with the Port Health Division of the Department of Health and our business partners regarding disease prevention work at the airport.”
On a 12-month rolling basis, cargo throughput recorded 4.8 million tonnes, decreasing 6.6 per cent year-on-year.