Hong Kong’s air cargo throughput recorded a year-on-year increase of 15.5 per cent in August year-on-year to 429,000 tonnes according to the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK).
All three cargo categories – namely imports, exports and transshipments – recorded double-digit growth at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in August. Cargo to and from North America and Southeast Asia experienced the most significant increases during the month.
Over the first eight months of the year, cargo throughput saw 12.4 per cent growth to 3.2 million tonnes.
On a 12-month rolling basis, HKIA’s cargo throughput rose 6.3 per cent to 4.8 million tonnes.
Meanwhile, the airport handled 222,000 passengers and 12,845 flight movements in August, surging by 164.9 and 28.4 per cent, respectively, from the low base in the same month last year.
HKIA handled more than 7,000 passengers daily during the month, due to a significant increase in outbound transfer passengers from Mainland China. The month’s passenger traffic amounted to just 4.0 per cent of pre-pandemic levels in 2019.
Passenger throughput and flight movements reported declines of 91.6% and 23.3%, to 713,000 passengers and 87,510, respectively.
On a 12-month rolling basis, HKIA handled 1.1 million passengers and 134,145 flight movements, recording year-on-year decreases of 96.4 and 46 per cent, respectively.