Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled
84,000 passengers and 10,000 flight movements in August 2020, a
year-on-year decrease of 98.6% and 72%, respectively.
remained steady at 374,000 tonnes, recording a 3.5% drop
year-on-year, while freighter movements saw year-on-year growth of
21.5% to 5,960, up from 4,906.
Travel demand remained weak
as a result of the continuation of Hong Kong’s entry restrictions
for non-residents, as well as immigration restrictions and
quarantine measures implemented in different countries and
regions. During the month, passenger traffic decreased
significantly in all categories, namely Hong Kong residents,
visitors and transfer/transit passengers, when compared to the same
month last year.
On the cargo front, though transshipments
experienced a significant decrease due to shortage of belly
capacity on passenger flights, exports and imports increased by 8%
and 4% respectively compared to the same month last year. Overall
cargo throughput to and from Southeast Asia and Mainland China
experienced the most significant decreases during the month.
Over the first eight months of the year, HKIA handled 8.5
million passengers and 114,020 flight movements, representing
83.2% and 60.1% declines, respectively. Cargo throughput saw a
decrease of 9.0% to 2.8 million tonnes.
On a 12-month
rolling basis, passenger throughput and flight movements
registered 60.6% and 42.0% year-on-year drops to 29.5 million and
248,285, respectively. Cargo throughput was 4.5 million tonnes,
down 7.1% compared to the same period last year.
to facilitate the Government’s quarantine procedures for arriving
persons at HKIA, the Department of Health’s Temporary Specimen
Collection Centre (TSCC) was moved from AsiaWorld-Expo to the
Midfield Concourse (MFC) in the airport’s restricted area on 18
Vivian Cheung, Executive Director, Airport
Operations of the Hong Kong Airport Authority, said, “The TSCC has
been operating smoothly at the MFC since its relocation. To ensure
safety and prevent the spread of infection at HKIA, we have been
working with the Government to implement a series of measures to
separate airport staff and arriving persons. The AA has also
installed an additional disinfection channel dedicated for staff
members working at the TSCC, further strengthening our efforts to
maintain a safe environment at HKIA.”