Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded
slight decreases in all three air traffic categories in September
due primarily to Typhoon Mangkhut, which resulted in no
flight movement for more than 20 hours.
During the month,
passenger volume decreased by 0.3% year on year to 5.6 million.
Cargo and airmail throughput was 431,000 tonnes, a drop of 1.4%
compared to the same month last year, while flight movements
declined by 2.7% to 33,705.
Following the flight cancellations, HKIA
implemented extensive rescheduling involving more than 1,000
flight movements in one day as the storm gradually moved away from
Although Hong Kong resident travel and visitor traffic
to Hong Kong as destination saw 4% and 1% growth respectively, the
decrease in transfer/ transit traffic led to an overall decrease
in the passenger traffic in September compared with the same month
Overall passenger traffic to and from Japan and Southeast Asia experienced the most significant drop as a result
of the typhoon.
The reduction in cargo throughput was mainly
attributed to a 4% decrease in exports. Transshipments continued
to be the relatively stronger cargo category, achieving during the
month a 3% year-on-year growth. Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to and from Europe and Japan declined most significantly.
Over the first nine months of 2018, HKIA handled 56 million
passengers and 3.75 million tonnes of cargo and airmail,
representing year-on-year increases of 3% and 2.6%, respectively.
Flight movements increased by 1.8% to 318,650 compared to the same
period last year.
On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume
and flight movements grew by 4% and 2.5% to 74.5 million and
426,205, respectively. HKIA recorded cargo and airmail throughput
of 5.1 million tonnes, representing a 3.3% year-on-year surge.
Steven Yiu, Deputy Director, Service
Delivery for Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “I
would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our colleagues
for performing their duties admirably in the face of Typhoon
Mangkhut, enabling us to handle the affected flights efficiently
and resume normal operations within a short period.”