Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has
reported new monthly records in passenger traffic and flight
movements in July 2018, breaking the previous records set in the
same month a year ago.
Passenger volume grew to 6.7 million,
representing a year-on-year increase of 2.2%, while flight
movements climbed 1.1% over the same period last year to 36,685.
Cargo and airmail throughput remained steady in July at 433,000
tonnes compared to last year.
The growth in passenger traffic was mainly
contributed by Hong Kong resident travel, which saw an 8%
year-on-year growth over the same month last year.
passenger traffic to/from Mainland China, Europe and Japan
recorded the most significant increases.
On the cargo front, transshipments recorded an
increase of 9% year-on-year, driving the growth in cargo
throughput. Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to/from North
America and Southeast Asia increased most significantly.
Over the first seven months of 2018, passenger
and cargo and airmail throughput both experienced year-on-year
increases of 3.1%, reaching 43.6 million and 2.9 million tonnes
respectively. Flight movements increased by 2.1% to 247,980
compared to the same period last year.
On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 74.2
million passengers, 5.1 million tonnes of cargo and airmail, and
425,770 flight movements, representing year-on-year growth of
4.2%, 4.7% and 2.7% respectively.
Meanwhile, HKIA is expecting the launch of a new
airline service that will broaden the airport’s extensive network
even further. Michael Yuen, General Manager, Airport and
Industry Collaboration, Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “We are
delighted to welcome EgyptAir, a new addition to HKIA’s operating
airlines, which will offer twice-weekly flights to and from Cairo
via Bangkok starting from 18 September. The service will be
further increased to three times per week from 28 October. We hope
passengers enjoy the new service to this historic country, and we
look forward to welcoming more new airlines adding even more
destinations in the future.”