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Mon, 21 Oct 2019

Hong Kong Int. Airport Reports 12.8% Decline in Passengers in September 2019

In September 2019, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 4.9 million passengers and 33,390 air traffic movements, representing year-on-year declines of 12.8% and 1%, respectively.

Cargo throughput in September decreased 5.9% year-on-year to 406,000 tonnes, a narrower decline than in August 2019.

Transfer / transit passenger traffic increased by 5% and the number of passengers travelling between Hong Kong and Japan grew by 4% when compared to the same period last year.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

The momentum of transfer passenger traffic continued during the National Day ďgolden weekĒ holidays from 1 to 7 October, as SkyPier at HKIA handled 15,455 cross-boundary ferry passengers on 1 October, surpassing the daily record of 12,922 passengers set in 2015. The daily sea-to-air and air-to-sea passenger numbers both achieved new records, registering over 14,347 passengers on 1 October and 8,854 on 7 October, respectively.

Amid continuous global trade uncertainties, cargo volume continued to contract in September. However, transshipment saw a significant improvement, with the double-digit decreases in the previous months narrowing to a single-digit 5% decrease in September. Amongst key trading regions, Japan and India contributed positive growth.

On a 12-month rolling basis, flight movements grew 0.4% to 427,960, while passenger throughput and cargo throughput declined 0.5% and 5.7% to 74.1 million and 4.9 million tonnes, respectively.

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