May 20, 2019: Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has handled 394,000 tonnes of cargo in April this year, according to statistics announced by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA).
The 8.1 percent decrease in overall cargo throughput was mainly due to 11 percent and 10 percent declines in imports and transshipments, respectively. Amongst key trading regions, Southeast Asia and Europe saw the most significant decreases.
The airport in its press release said that the cargo traffic remained weak due to uncertain global economic conditions.
The airport's March cargo traffic figures represented a slight growth of 0.2 percent in cargo traffic.
Cissy Chan, executive director, Commercial of the AA said: “We will develop our cargo strategy in three key areas – e-commerce, transshipments and high-value logistics – while continuing to work closely with our business partners to maintain HKIA’s position as the world’s leading air cargo hub.”
During the month, HKIA handled 6.5 million passengers, representing year-on-year growth of 3 percent, while flight movements increased 0.8 percent to 35,655 compared to last April.
The growth in passenger volume was largely attributed to the Easter holiday falling in April this year compared to late March last year, which helped drive a 15 percent year-on-year rise in Hong Kong resident travel. During the month, passenger traffic to and from Taiwan and Europe recorded the most significant increases.
Over the first four months of the year, HKIA handled 25.3 million passengers and 141,355 flight movements, representing year-on-year increases of 2.5 percent and 1 percent, respectively, while cargo throughput recorded 1.5 million tonnes, a decline of 6.1 percent compared to the same period last year.
On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume and flight movements grew by 2.2 percent and 1.2 percent to 75.3 million and 429,150, respectively, while cargo throughput recorded 5 million tonnes, a decrease of 1.7 percent compared to the same period last year.