Hong Kong International Airport's passenger traffic
figures for January 2009 show marginal growth, up 0.2% to 4 million from
the same month in 2008. A 28.9% drop in cargo volume to 210,000 tonnes
was recorded while air traffic movements declined 2% to 24,245.
The steep fall in cargo volume was a result of continuously shrinking
international trade caused by the global economic downturn. Almost all
major HKIA markets experienced a double-digit decline during the month.
While imports from Japan, Europe and Southeast Asia dropped most
significantly, exports to Europe, North America and Taiwan showed the
biggest decrease. Transshipments to and from Taiwan, the Chinese
Mainland and Southeast Asia were also hit.
Although the number of
visitors, particularly from long-haul markets like North America and
Europe, saw a double-digit decline from the same period last year,
overall passenger throughput still recorded a marginal increase.
However, this marginal increase should be viewed in the context of the
fact that Chinese New Year holidays occurred in January this year, and
Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of the
Airport Authority, said, "The aviation industry is a reflection of the
general economic situation and the declines we are experiencing in the
aviation industry are largely consistent with what is happening with the
global economy. As companies continue to keep a tight rein on their
business activities and consumers on their spending, drops in air
traffic figures covering passenger, cargo and aircraft movements will
likely continue, with particularly notable declines on the cargo front.
"However, we remain confident in the long-term traffic performance
of HKIA because the Mainland economy is relatively more stable and
stronger than other economies worldwide. In addition, globalisation in
normal market conditions will continue to fuel the growth of
international trade and demand for aviation services."
February 2008 to January 2009, the airport served a total of 48.6
million passengers and 300,740 flight movements, up 0.7% and 1.4%
respectively from year-earlier figures. Over the same period, however,
cargo volume declined 6% to 3.5 million tonnes.
other recent news regarding:
Hong Kong Airport,
Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals