Cargo volume at Hong Kong International Airport
(HKIA) in May 2012 grew by 1.1% to 333,000 tonnes, the first
positive year-on-year growth since March last year.
Passenger volume surged to 4.5 million and air
traffic movements reached 29,230, up 4.1% and 5% respectively from
a year ago.
The growth in passenger traffic in May was
driven mainly by visitor traffic which saw a 5% rise over the same
month last year. Passenger traffic to/from Japan and South East
Asia performed particularly well.
The growth in cargo
throughput last month was primarily due to a 3% year-on-year
growth in exports. During the month, cargo throughput to/from
South East Asia outperformed other key regions.
Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong,
was delighted by the growth in cargo throughput despite current
"Both passenger traffic and aircraft movements
continue to perform steadily, while cargo volume recorded its first positive yearly growth in 14 months. Going forward, we
remain cautiously optimistic and will continue to monitor closely the impact of economic uncertainties on the aviation industry,"
said Mr. Hui. "Since the start of this year, we have added eight new
destinations to Hong Kong's air network. Far East Air Transport
from Taiwan also started operating passenger services between Hong
Kong and Makung at HKIA last month. With around 100 airlines
operating flights to about 160 destinations worldwide, HKIA will
continue to strengthen its position as an international and
regional aviation hub offering a world-class airport experience."
For the first five months of the year, the
airport handled 23 million passengers and 143,445 aircraft
movements, up 7.2% and 5.9% respectively over the same period last
year. Cargo registered a small decrease of 0.9% when compared with
the corresponding period a year ago to reach a total of 1.6
On a rolling 12-month basis, flight
movements registered a year-on-year increase of 6.2%, amounting to
341,830 movements. Passenger traffic rose 6.4% to 55.4 million and
cargo tonnage decreased 4.5% to 3.9 million.
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