Passenger throughput and air traffic
movements at Hong Kong International Airport in October 2009 declined 3.7% and 7.8% to 3.9 million and 23,945
respectively when compared to October 2008.
Cargo tonnage handled by HKIA in October 2009 increased by 1.3% over the same
month last year, to 324,000 tonnes – marking the first month
since August 2008 that a year-on-year monthly comparison
registered positive growth.
traffic shrank, decreasing 8% compared to the same period
last year in part because of the diversion of Mainland / Taiwan
cargo to scheduled direct flights across the Taiwan Strait. Tight
capacity from Hong Kong due to strong demand and reduced freighter
capacity also made carriage of transshipment less attractive to
airlines. Meanwhile, export volume registered a very small
year-on-year increase of 0.1%, ending months of negative growth.
Import volume performed exceptionally well in October, posting
year-on-year growth of 13%.
On the passenger side, Hong
Kong resident traffic registered 20% growth over October 2008.
Visitor numbers dropped by around 4%, while transfer / transit
traffic declined by approximately 18%, due to the weak performance
of the Mainland and Taiwan markets.
"It is encouraging to
see cargo throughput end the downward trend and increase by 1.3%
in October. Though this is just a mild improvement made on October
2008 – which itself saw a drop compared to October 2007 – it
nevertheless is an encouraging change for the better during a
challenging time," said Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive
Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong,
"Meanwhile, pre-Christmas stock
replenishment has caused a sudden boom in air cargo in the region,
resulting in higher rates and more extra freighter flights being
operated. Momentum is building up to the year-end seasonal upturn,
which hopefully is a sign of market recovery."
From January to October, the airport received some 38.2
million passengers, moved 2.7 million tonnes of cargo and handled
231,800 aircraft movements, representing yearly declines of 6.3%,
13.4% and 7.9%, respectively.
On a rolling 12-month basis,
passenger throughput was down 6.2% year-on-year to 46 million,
while aircraft movements dropped 6.9% to 281,345 and cargo volume
slid 15.2% to 3.2 million tonnes.
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