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Mon, 20 May 2019

HKIA Handled 6.5 Million Passengers in April 2019; Cargo Down 8.1%

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 6.5 million passengers in April 2019, a year-on-year growth of 3%.

Flight movements increased 0.8% to 35,655 compared to April 2018, while cargo throughput dropped 8.1% to 394,000 tonnes.

The growth in passenger volume was largely attributed to the Easter holiday falling in April this year compared to late March last year. This helped drive a 15% year-on-year rise in Hong Kong resident travel. During the month, passenger traffic to and from Taiwan and Europe recorded the most significant increases.

ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Hong Kong International Airport in April 2019. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Cargo traffic remained weak due to uncertain global economic conditions. The decrease in cargo throughput this April was mainly due to 11% and 10% declines in imports and transshipments, respectively. Amongst key trading regions, Southeast Asia and Europe saw the most significant decreases.

Over the first four months of the year, HKIA handled 25.3 million passengers and 141,355 flight movements, representing year-on-year increases of 2.5% and 1%, respectively, while cargo throughput recorded 1.5 million tonnes, a decline of 6.1% compared to the same period last year.

On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume and flight movements grew by 2.2% and 1.2% to 75.3 million and 429,150, respectively, while cargo throughput recorded 5 million tonnes, a decrease of 1.7% compared to the same period last year.

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