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
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.
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.
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