In 2018, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
handled 74.7 million passengers and 427,725 flight movements,
representing yearly increases of 2.5% and 1.7% respectively.
The total cargo throughput also increased by
1.5% year-on-year to 5.1 million tonnes.
Fred Lam, Chief Executive Officer of Airport
Authority Hong Kong (AA), said, “It’s gratifying to see HKIA scale
new heights in 2018 on all three air traffic categories, attesting
to the dedication, resilience and contribution of our 73,000
airport community members. We are also honored to be awarded with
a number of recognitions during the year, solidifying HKIA’s
leading position as a regional and international aviation hub.”
In December 2018, flight movements and passenger
volume experienced steady growth. Flight movements reached 37,085,
registering a 1.2% year-on-year increase. Passenger volume during
the month rose 1.7% yearly to reach 6.53 million, while cargo
throughput slightly decreased 5.2% over December 2017 to 448,000 tonnes.
Passenger growth in December was mainly driven by 3%
growth in visitor traffic. During the month, Hong Kong resident
travel also experienced 2% growth. Overall passenger traffic to /
from Japan, Southeast Asia and Europe recorded the most
Amid the uncertain global economic
situations, both imports and exports dropped by 7% last month,
resulting the decrease in overall cargo throughput. Amongst the
key trading regions, traffic to / from Europe and Southeast Asia
decreased most significantly in the month.
“Looking forward, several capacity enhancement
projects will commence to cater for the surging demand. The
Terminal 1 Annex Building will commence operation in 2019. After
the commissioning, there will be over 40 new check-in counters
with self-bag drop facilities and two additional baggage reclaim
carousels. The project will also provide more seats, shops and
catering outlets in the expanded Arrivals Hall. Meanwhile, to keep
pace with ever-changing traveller dynamics and technological
innovations, we will continue to launch new initiatives and
passenger-focused features to provide a vibrant, world-class
experience for travellers,” Mr Lam said.