Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 6.5 million passengers
in January 2019,
an increase of 6% year-on-year.
during the month increased 1.4% to 36,530 and cargo throughput dropped 4.2% to 401,000 tonnes.
The growth in passenger volume was mainly
attributed to an 8% rise in transfer / transit traffic and a 7%
increase in visitor traffic.
Uncertain global economic conditions contributed
to decreases in cargo volume in January.
transshipments were impacted the most, registering 8% and 6%
year-on-year drops, respectively.
Amongst key trading regions,
cargo traffic to and from Europe and Southeast Asia decreased most
significantly during the month.
Steven Yiu, Deputy Director, Service Delivery,
Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “After seeing continued growth
in passenger numbers in January, HKIA also experienced a busy
Chinese New Year peak travel season. Between 5 February and 11
February, airlines scheduled more than 180 additional flights and
served an average of 217,000 daily passengers. Thanks to the
concerted efforts of the airport community, operations went
smoothly during the period.”
On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume
and flight movements grew by 3.1% and 1.6% to 75 million and
428,265, respectively, while cargo throughput recorded 5.1 million
tonnes, rising 0.4% year-on-year.