Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) says the Covid-19 pandemic deflated 2020 cargo volumes at the airport by -7.0 per cent.
December 2020 saw cargo volumes return to near normal numbers with only a 0.2 per cent year-on-year drop in cargo handled to 443,000 tonnes.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled a total of 4.5 million tonnes during the year. This was carried on 68,660 cargo flights, an 18.3 per cent surge compared to 2019, as border restrictions around the world virtually shut down the passenger market taking important belly cargo capacity with it.
Cargo imports and exports continued their strong growth, climbing 18 and 8.0 per cent year-on-year, respectively. Transhipments decreased significantly due to shortage of belly capacity on passenger flights.
HKIA saw passenger numbers plummet 87.7 per cent to 8.8 million passengers for the year. Flights were down 61.7 per cent to 160,655.
Vivian Cheung, executive director, Airport Operations for the Airport Authority Hong Kong, says: “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause grave impacts on the airport community, particularly on passenger traffic. The AA is deeply grateful for the community’s dedication and resilience in these difficult times, including adapting to new travel requirements, adjusting operations to fluctuating passenger numbers, and implementing new health measures to ensure the safety of staff and passengers.
“In 2021, we will continue to work closely with the airport community in managing the continuing challenges and prepare for the recovery of passenger traffic when the pandemic subsides,” she continues.
In 2020, HKIA added a number of new destinations to its extensive flight network, including Beirut, Darwin, Frankfurt-Hahn, Indianapolis, Khabarovsk, Maastricht, Moscow Vnukovo, Ostend and Pittsburg.