Hong Kong Airport October cargo traffic up 2.8 percent y/y

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Nov 19, 2018: Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has handled 451,000 tonnes of cargo and airmail in October this year. This represents an increase of 2.8 percent over the same month last year.

The main driver for cargo growth continues to be transshipments, which saw 7 percent year-on-year increase. Amongst key trading regions, traffic to and from North America and Southeast Asia posted the most significant increases for the month.

Coming to passenger figures, HKIA handled 6.19 million passengers and 36,500 flight movements, marking year-on-year increases of 0.5 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.

The growth in passenger traffic was mainly driven by Hong Kong resident travel, which registered a 7 percent year-on-year increase over the same month last year. Passenger traffic to and from Japan and Europe saw the most significant increases.

HKIA handled 62.2 million passengers and 4.21 million tonnes of cargo and airmail over the first 10 months of the year. This represents year-on-year increases of 2.8 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively.

On a 12-month rolling basis, HKIA handled 74.5 million passengers, 5.15 million tonnes of cargo and airmail, and 426,725 flight movements, representing increases of 3.4 percent, 3.3 percent and 2.2 percent over the same period last year.

In addition, HKIA recently welcomed two new passenger airlines, Thai Smile Airways and the India-based SpiceJet. Thai Smile Airways started operating daily flights to and from Bangkok and Phuket on October 28, while SpiceJet will start providing daily flights to and from Delhi on November 23.

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