Passenger volume at Hong Kong International
Airport (HKIA) rose by 10% to 5.94 million in November 2017,
while flight movements increased by 7% to 34,900 when compared to the
same month last year.
Cargo throughput went up by 6.9% year on
year to 466,000 tonnes.
Building on a low base created by a temporary
reduction of timeslots due to the launch of the new air traffic
management system last year, passenger growth was mainly driven by
a 16% year-on-year increase in transfer/transit traffic. Passenger
traffic to/from Southeast Asia, Mainland China and Japan recorded
the most significant increases.
Transshipments and exports were
the main drivers of growth in cargo throughput in November.
Compared to the same month last year, transshipments registered
10% year-on-year growth, and exports recorded an 8% increase.
Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to/from North America,
India and Europe increased most significantly.
Over the first 11 months of 2017, HKIA has
welcomed 66.5 million passengers, and handled 383,995 flight
movements, marking year-on-year increases
of 3.3% and 2.2%, respectively. Cargo throughput soared 9.6% from
the same period in 2016 to 4.48 million tonnes.
On a rolling
12-month basis, HKIA handled 72.6 million passengers and 419,660
flight movements, recording year-on-year increases of 3.2% and 2%,
respectively, while cargo throughput climbed 9.7% to 4.91 million tonnes.
C K Ng, Executive Director, Airport Operations of
Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), said, “As the year draws to an
end, we expect to see a travel peak at HKIA during the Christmas
and New Year holidays. Over the period, a total of 112 additional
flights will be arranged by airlines to cope with the surge in
travel demand. The most popular destinations are Kuala Lumpur,
Sapporo, Osaka and Taipei. We will work closely with our business
partners and the airport community to ensure smooth operations
during the festive period.”
In addition, to facilitate the
construction of the Three-runway System, Car Park 2 has been
closed since 11 December 2017. Hourly parking spaces are available
at Car Parks 1, 4 and SkyCity Car Park, while daily and long-term
parking spaces are available at Car Park 4 or SkyCity Car Park –
providing over 2,600 parking spaces in total.
AA also rolled out
an online reservation service for vehicle parking spaces.
Travellers can reserve a parking space for 3 to 30 days
through the AA website up to one day before arrival at HKIA. The
online reservation service is expected to be extended to the “HKG My Flight”
mobile application before Christmas.
Hong Kong Airport,