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Mon, 16 March 2020

Hong Kong Int. Airport Handled 1.9m Pax and 18,005 Flight Movements in February 2020

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 1.9 million passengers and 18,005 flight movements in February 2020, decreases of 68% and 44.5% year-on-year, respectively.

Cargo throughput dropped 8.9% compared to the same month last year, to 251,000 tonnes.

Combining the figures for the first two months of this year, which eliminates the effect of Chinese New Year falling in a different month in 2019 for a more meaningful comparison, HKIA handled 7.6 million passengers and 51,215 flight movements, representing year-on-year decreases of 38.5% and 25.7%, respectively. Cargo throughput fell 9.8% to 611,000 tonnes compared to the same period last year.

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

The combined decline of passenger volume in January and February was mainly caused by the 63% year-on-year decline in visitor traffic. During the period, passenger traffic to and from Mainland China and Southeast Asia recorded the most significant decreases.

Passenger traffic was particularly impacted in February due to weak travelling demand amid the outbreak of COVID19, in addition to immigration restrictions and quarantine measures implemented by authorities in different countries and regions. Traffic to and from Mainland China and Southeast Asia recorded the most significant decreases in the month. It is expected to see continued drop in traffic figures in March as airlines have suspended more flights, and authorities in different markets continue to implement immigration restrictions and quarantine measures.

With the impact of pandemic and the late resumption of Mainland China factories production, cargo traffic remained weak in first two months of the year. Decreases of 14% and 11% were recorded in transshipments and exports, respectively. Among the key trading regions, traffic to and from North America and Europe decreased most significantly in the period.

On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume and flight movements dropped 11.1% and 6.2% to 66.8 million and 402,030, respectively. Cargo throughput declined by 6.2% to 4.7 million tonnes.

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