Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled
71.5 million passengers and 419,730 flight movements in 2019,
decreases of 4.2% and 1.9% respectively, when compared to 2018.
Total cargo throughput declined 6.1% year-on-year
to 4.8 million tonnes.
During the year, HKIA’s extensive air network expanded by 17
new destinations – including Beijing Daxing International Airport,
Borg El Arab, Dover Cheswold, Doncaster, Guwahati, Hefei, Istanbul
Ataturk Airport, Jieyang, Labuan, Nagasaki, Niigata, Phu Quoc,
Puerto Princesa, Shimojishima, Yangzhou, Yekaterinburg and
HKIA registered 33,990 flight movements in December
2019, an 8.4% year-on-year decrease. Passenger volume declined
12.5% to 5.7 million while cargo throughput decreased slightly by
1% to 443,000 tonnes compared to December 2018.
volume continued to be affected by weak visitor traffic in
December 2019. Passenger figures to and from Mainland China and
Southeast Asia experienced the most significant decreases during
the month. However, transfer / transit traffic and Hong Kong
resident travel registered strong year-on-year growth of 14% and
Exports saw a 3% year-on-year increase in
December 2019 while imports and transshipments both remained weak.
Amongst key trading regions, cargo exported to Europe, India and
Japan contributed the most growth.
Vivian Cheung, Executive
Director of Airport Operations for the Airport Authority, said, “We went through
a challenging year in 2019. I must thank the 78,000 members of the
airport community for their dedication to ensuring smooth, safe
journeys for our passengers, especially in difficult
circumstances. Looking ahead, we will continue to enhance the
airport’s facilities to improve the passenger experience at HKIA
even more. Following the commissioning of the
Terminal 1 (T1) extension and the revamp of the East Hall food
court in 2019, our enhancements of T1 will continue with gate
transformation, the commissioning of
Sky Bridge and the extension
of Car Park 4. HKIA will always emphasise passenger-centric
features to provide a vibrant, world-class experience for