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Passenger Volume at HKIA Rose 7.3% to 6.16 Million in October 2017

In October 2017, passenger volume at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) rose by 7.3% to 6.16 million while flight movements increased by 4% to 35,990 compared to the same month last year.

Cargo throughput went up by 2.3% year-on-year to 430,000 tonnes.

Transfer/transit passengers increased by 14% year-on-year, attributing the most to the growth in passenger traffic in October.

The Japan market continued to show the most significant growth amongst the key regions, while passenger traffic to and from Southeast Asia and Mainland China also recorded significant increases.

Departures at Hong Kong International Airport. Click to enlarge.

The growth in cargo throughput last month was mainly driven by a 4% year-on-year growth in exports. Amongst the key trading regions, Europe increased the most significantly.

Over the first 10 months of 2017, HKIA has welcomed 60.5 million passengers, and handled 349,090 flight movements, marking year-on-year increases of 2.7% and 1.7%, respectively. Cargo throughput soared 9.9% from the same period in 2016 to 4.01 million tonnes.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 72 million passengers and 417,355 flight movements, recording year-on-year increases of 2.2% and 1.1% respectively, while cargo throughput climbed 9.8% to 4.88 million tonnes.

Vivian Cheung, Deputy Director, Airport Operations of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), said, “We have been leveraging smart technologies to provide passengers with a pleasant and hassle-free journey from curb to gate at HKIA. For example, we have recently launched a smart luggage tag ‘MyTAG’, with which, after pairing up with the ‘HKG MyFlight’ mobile app, passengers will receive notification when their checked bags are about to arrive at the baggage reclaim carousel. We will continue to explore different innovative solutions to further enhance the airport experience for our passengers.”

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