Passenger throughput and aircraft
movements at Hong Kong International Airport in July 2010 were up
17.5% and 14.7% from a year ago, reaching new monthly highs of 4.7
million and 26,720 respectively. Cargo tonnage also jumped 24.5%
year-on-year to 363,000 during the period.
traffic to / from the Mainland and South East Asia performed
particularly well last month. While overall visitor number registered a 29% yearly increase, Hong Kong resident traffic rose
21% against July 2009.
On the air cargo front, almost all
of Hong Kong’s major trading markets showed yearly double-digit
growth in July. Exports, especially those to North America and
Europe, continued to be the dominant growth driver, surging 36%
over the same period last year. Import and transshipment volume
also saw year-on-year growth of 23% and 2% respectively.
Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport
Authority Hong Kong, said, “The market rebound during the summer
holiday travel season has been particularly strong. July saw a
high average load factor of close to 80% for passenger flights at
HKIA. To meet increased demand, both foreign and base carriers
have been active in adding more flights, launching new
destinations, or restoring flights that had been suspended during
the financial crisis. All these increased aviation activities will
further strengthen the airport’s position as an international and
regional aviation centre.”
According to the latest report
by Airports Council International, HKIA has retained its position
as the world’s busiest international cargo airport for the 14th
consecutive year and handled the world’s third largest
international passenger volume in 2009.
demand has seen cargo throughput at HKIA increase 33.3%
year-on-year to 2.3 million tonnes over the first seven months of
2010. Cumulative passenger volume for the period reached 29.2
million after rising 10.4%. Air traffic movements grew 6.3% to 171,650.
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