During the first half of 2011, Hong Kong
International Airport welcomed 25.8 million passengers and
recorded 162,485 flight movements, representing growth of 5.7% and
12.1% respectively on the same period last year.
Cargo volume saw
a 2.3% year-on-year decline with a total of 1.9 million tonnes
during the first six months.
The growth is well supported by strong
performance in June. The number of passengers and flight movements
at HKIA reached 4.4 million and 27,085 respectively in the month,
an increase of 5.8% and 9.3% over the same month last year. A
total of 321,000 tonnes of cargo was handled during the month, a
year-on-year decrease of 7.6%.
The growth in passenger
traffic in June was mainly driven by visitor traffic and Hong Kong
resident travel which registered a growth of 8% and 7%
respectively over the same period last year. Passenger traffic
to/from South East Asia performed particularly well.
decline of cargo throughput in June was mainly attributed to the
10% drop in exports and imports compared to the same month last year. Meanwhile, transshipments grew by 3% over the same period
last year. Europe, North America and Taiwan experienced
double-digit year-on-year declines.
Stanley Hui Hon-chung,
Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said it is
encouraging to see the steady growth of passengers and flight
movements in the first half of the year. "Over the past six
months, we have seen air traffic movements set a new daily record,
and five new airlines started operating in HKIA. The promising
performance reaffirms HKIA's status as the international and regional aviation hub and a preferred gateway to the Mainland."
The five new airlines included Indonesia AirAsia, South East
Asian Airlines, Mega Maldives, Air Busan and MIAT Mongolian
Airlines. In addition, our extensive international network was
further enriched by the start of flights to new destinations which
include Denver, Medan, Male and Ulan Bator.
remainder of the year, we expect the passenger and flight movement
figures to continue the growth trend, albeit at a slower pace due
to the strong performance last year. Cargo throughput, however,
may continue to be adversely affected by the overall economic
atmosphere worldwide," Mr Hui added.
From April to June
2011, the airport handled 13.3 million passengers and 82,615
flight movements, a 6.6% and 10.4% increase respectively over the
same period last year, while cargo tonnage decreased by 8% to
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