ASIA Travel

Easter Gives Positive Boost to HKIA Passenger Numbers in April 2009

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Latest Travel News Send to Friend Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Hong Kong International Airport recorded a mild growth of 4.1% in passenger traffic in April, representing 4.2 million. The growth was mainly stimulated by an increase in travel by local residents during the Easter holidays.

 Cargo throughput fell 19.8% to 257,000 tonnes and air traffic movements declined 3.7% to 24,090, in comparison to the corresponding month in 2008.

The mild passenger growth in April was primarily a result of the Easter holidays falling in April this year instead of March, as in 2008. Resident traffic therefore saw a 40% year-on-year increase in the month while the overall visitor traffic dropped by 9% amid the economic downturn, with markets like the US, Europe and Taiwan performing particularly weak.

The combined passenger total for March and April, which balanced out the seasonal impact of the Easter holidays, revealed a drop of 2% from the same period last year, representing 8.1 million passengers for the respective two-month period.

The contraction in cargo traffic was prominent in exports, recording a 27% year-on-year drop, in which cargo volumes to all major markets experienced a decline. Imports also shrank by 16% as compared to the same period in 2008, with cargo volumes from South East Asia and Japan decreasing the most.

Transshipment cargo dropped around 7% year-on-year during the month, while the corresponding figures for Taiwan and the Mainland experienced double-digit declines.

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of the Airport Authority Hong Kong said, "The aviation industry worldwide is still yet to show signs of recovery as the gloomy economic outlook continues to dampen travel desire among consumers. This uncertainty has been further aggravated by the recent outbreak of the influenza A (H1N1).

"Cargo throughput remains the hardest hit in comparison to passenger volume and aircraft movements, reflecting the continued weakening of global trade and consumption," Mr Hui added.

 He also revealed that while cargo volume has seen a consistent drop of about 20% over the last three months - which is considerably less than the nearly 30% decline in December 08 and January 09 - the performance remains worrying.

Over the past four months, passenger traffic fell 4.3% year-on-year to 15.5 million. Cargo throughput reduced 22% to 933,000 tonnes and air traffic movements dipped 5.9% to 93,360.

On a rolling twelve-month basis, HKIA handled 47.9 million passengers, 3.4 million tonnes of cargo and 295,290 flight movements, representing declines of 2.1%, 12.2% and 1.6% respectively.

See other recent news regarding: Airlines, Aviation, Flights, First Class, Business Class, GDS, Miles, Hotels, Promotions, New Hotels, Visitor Arrivals, Cruises, Free Deals, Hong Kong, Airports, Hong Kong Airport, Traffic, April 2009, Hong Kong Visitor Arrivals

Subscribe to our Latest Travel News Daily Email Free of Charge by simply entering your email address to the right. You can also stay updated with our RSS Feed Free Travel News RSS Feed and even add the travel news to your website. Have questions? Please read our travel news FAQ.
Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Fumihiro Sakakibara, General Manager - Japan, Macao Government Tourism Office. Aviation industry update from the Group CEO of AirAsia, Mr. Tony Fernandes, and Gary Chapman, Emirates' President Group Services and dnata. Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. John R. Rolfs, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo and Vice President Japan & Korea. In this interview, filmed in a luxurious suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo on Sunday, 24 September 2017, we ask Mr. Rolfs to tell us more about the property.
Macao Tourism Update Aviation: AirAsia and Emirates The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
What exactly is going to happen to The Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel, when will it close, what about the staff, when will the new Dusit Thani Bangkok open and what will it be like? In this exclusive HD video interview with Ms. Sukanya Janchoo, General Manager of The Dusit Thani Bangkok, Steven Howard of asks Khun Sukanya about the hotel, its markets, RevPAR and these major changes. Travelodge Hotels Asia’s Brands and Expansion Plans - Exclusive HD Video Interview with Stephen Burt, Chairman. Exclusive HD video interview with Alejandro Bernabe, Group Director of Avani Hotels and Resorts. We talk about Avani Hotels' future plans and what exciting new developments are in the pipeline. You will also learn that Avani is about to announce a new sub brand, is currently building its first resort with private pool villas and what the group's position is on new technology.
Dusit Thani Bangkok Travelodge Hotels Asia Avani Hotels & Resorts
Jonathan Wigley, CEO of Travelodge Thailand, outlines expansion plans in HD Video Interview. Exclusive HD video interview with Myanmar's Minister of Tourism and Hotels, H.E. U Ohn Maung, about the status of tourism in the beautiful and mystical country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Birth of a Luxury Thai Hotel Brand - HD Video Interview with Christopher E. Stafford, Chief Operating Officer of the newly formed 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts.
CEO of Travelodge Thailand Myanmar Tourism Update Birth of Luxury Thai Hotel Brand
This HD video tour of Thai AirAsia X's brand new 337-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft was filmed at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, Thailand on 14 May 2014  Exclusive HD video interview with Jaime J. Bautista, President & Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Philippine Airlines (PAL) HD video of the interior and exterior of a Thai Vietjet Airbus A320-200.
Thai AirAsia X A330-300 PAL President & COO Thai Vietjet A320-200
Inside Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner - HD Video It takes 800 workers between 65 and 80 days to assemble, install, test, paint, furnish and deliver an Emirates Airbus A380. Showers, Bars, Lounge - The Emirates Airbus A380 Has Them All - HD Video Tour Thai Airways International Takes Delivery of Brand New Boeing 777-300ER
Qatar Airways B787 Emirates A380 Thai Airways B777-300ER
Latest Travel News
Copyright © 1997-2017