In March 2019, passenger volume at Hong Kong
International Airport (HKIA) rose by 0.3% to 6.4 million compared
to the same month last year, while flight movements increased by
1.3% to 36,735.
Cargo throughput recorded year-on-year growth of
0.2% to 432,000 tonnes.
The growth in passenger volume was driven by
higher levels of transfer and transit traffic, which together
registered a year-on-year upsurge of 9%. Passenger traffic to and
from India, mainland China and Japan recorded the most significant increases. Because the Easter peak season fell in late March last
year, Hong Kong resident travel in March this year experienced a
10% year-on-year drop.
Exports saw an 11% increase in March,
making the biggest contribution to cargo growth. Amongst key
trading regions, cargo exported to North America and Europe posted
the largest increases. Imports and transshipments both declined.
Over the first three months of the year, HKIA handled 18.8 million
passengers and 105,695 flight movements, representing year-on-year
increases of 2.5% and 1.1%, respectively. HKIA handled 1.1 million tonnes of cargo between January and March 2019, a 5.4% decrease
compared to the same period in 2018.
On a 12-month rolling
basis, HKIA handled 75.1 million passengers and 428,870 flight
movements, representing respective increases of 2% and 1.3% over
the same period last year. Cargo throughput experienced a slight
decline of 0.6% to 5.06 million tonnes.
In addition, in order
to manage the expected travel surge during the Easter holidays,
additional manpower will be deployed to assist passengers at the
Steven Yiu, Deputy Director, Service Delivery of
Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “Some 70 extra flights will be
arranged during 18 April to 1 May for popular destinations
including Taipei, Osaka, Nagoya and Busan. The airport community
will work closely together to ensure smooth operations during the holidays.”
HKIA is currently
working with Travelport on a
new arrangement to promote multi-modal connectivity services.
Under the system, overseas travel buyers will be able to book multi-modal
transfer services when reserving air tickets,
giving them a better experience when commuting between
HKIA and the cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay
Area. Passengers will be able to take advantage of this new
offering within this year.
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