Air traffic at Hong Kong International Airport
(HKIA) continued to stabilise in July 2009, with year-on-year
drops in passenger throughput, cargo tonnage and air traffic
movements narrowing from the previous month.
Cargo traffic saw an
improvement from the double-digit plunges that had been recorded
since November 2008. During July 2009 HKIA handled a total of
291,000 tonnes of cargo, 4 million passenger trips and 23,315 air
traffic movements, representing year-on-year decreases of 8.3%,
9.5%, and 9.9%, respectively.
While the volume of cargo
exports declined by approximately 13% year on year, imports and
transshipments showed a low single-digit decrease as compared to
same period last year.
Key export markets experiencing
double-digit drops included Europe, North America, South East Asia
On the passenger side, Hong Kong residents showed a
yearly growth of around 3%, while visitors declined by around 17%
and transfer/ transit passengers dipped approximately by 10%.
visitor markets impacted included South East Asia, Chinese
Mainland, Taiwan, North America and Japan.
Stanley Hui Hon-chung,
Chief Executive Officer of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, said
the public's receding concern over Swine Flu (H1N1) and the
summer travel peak were the two major reasons behind last month's
comparatively better performance in passenger traffic.
"The latest figures indicate that the downward momentum may have
slowed. While we believe air traffic figures will see milder drops
in the months ahead, it will take some time before overall traffic
performance returns to pre-crisis levels. The business climate is
still challenging as economic activities remain low and this
couples with the difficult operating environment for the aviation
industry would continue to affect the pace of recovery."
For the first seven months of the year, HKIA's passenger traffic
was down by 8.4% to 26.4 million, while cargo throughput dropped
18.1% to 1.8 million tonnes and aircraft movements slid 8.0% to
On a rolling 12-month basis, the airport handled
46.2 million passenger trips and 3.2 million tonnes of cargo,
representing year-on-year declines of 6.7% and 16.1%,
respectively. Cumulative air traffic movements showed a reduction
of 5.1% to 287,055.
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