Hong Kong International Airport handled 5.7
million passengers and 33,210 flight movements in January 2020,
decreases of 11.7% and 9.1% year-on-year, respectively.
throughput dropped 10.4% to 359,000 tonnes when compared to
Overall passenger traffic to/from Mainland China,
South Korea and Southeast Asia recorded the most significant
decreases in January.
Visitor traffic remained weak, showing a
year-on-year decrease of 43%. However, travel by Hong Kong
residents saw a surge during the Chinese New Year holidays,
amounting to a monthly growth of 25% year-on-year.
Cargo throughput declined due to the closure of
factories and businesses in Mainland China during the Chinese New
Year holidays. The decrease in cargo was mainly attributed to the
15% and 10% drops in imports and transshipments, respectively.
Exports decreased by 9% compared to the same month last year.
Amongst key trading regions, traffic to/from Southeast Asia and
North America decreased most significantly in the month.
Vivian Cheung, Executive Director, Airport
Operations of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), said, “HKIA’s
traffic has been affected by multiple factors, including the
outbreak of Novel Coronavirus in late January and social
circumstances. We expect to see continued decline in traffic
numbers in February as airlines have suspended flights and
governments in different markets have implemented immigration
restrictions and quarantine measures. The AA has stepped up
cleaning and disinfection work in the terminal and passenger
facilities, and continues to work closely with the Port Health
Division of the Department of Health and our business partners
regarding disease prevention work at the airport.”
On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume and
flight movements fell by 5.7% and 2.8% to 70.8 million and
416,445, respectively, while cargo throughput recorded 4.8 million
tonnes, decreasing 6.6% year on year.
Hong Kong Airport.