Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 3.4
million passenger trips and moved 198,000 tonnes of cargo in February
2009, representing decreases of 13.7% and 19.7% over the same month in
2008 respectively. Year-on-year, aircraft movements declined 10.5% to
Both local resident and visitor traffic were
weak during the month. The number of local travellers declined
over 20% from February 2008, mainly because the Chinese New Year
travel peak fell in January this year whereas the corresponding
peak was in February last year. Visitor traffic, particularly from
long-haul markets like North America and Europe and regional
markets such as North Asia and Taiwan, also reported double-digit
On the cargo front, most of HKIA's major markets
continued to record double-digit decreases during the month.
However, as manufacturing activities started to resume after the
Chinese New Year holidays, the magnitude of the declines,
particularly for North America, Mainland and Taiwan markets, was
smaller compared to January.
Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer
of the Airport Authority, said, "Aggregate figures for January and
February, which even out the seasonal impact of Chinese New Year,
give a better account for the year-on-year comparison. The
combined figures show that the airport has served a total of 7.4
million passengers, moved 408,000 tonnes of cargo and handled
45,480 aircraft movements during the first two months of 2009.
These represent reductions of 6.7%, 24.7% and 6.2% respectively in
comparison with the same period last year.
"Both February's statistics and the combined
figures for the last two months show that air traffic volumes
continue to suffer from the global economic downturn. It is
unlikely that this downward trend will reverse in the short term
when the world’s major economies remain in recession. While
decline in the total cargo volumes of January and February was
less severe than the previous months, it is too early to suggest
that the air cargo market has stabilised."
On a rolling 12-month basis, cargo throughput
decreased 7.5% year-on-year to 3.5 million tonnes. While passenger
volume dropped slightly by 1% to 48 million, air traffic movements
rose marginally by 0.1%, to 298,190.
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