Hong Kong Airport records steady cargo growth in April
May 14, 2018: Major gateway Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) continues to record steady growth in the month of April. During the month, cargo traffic (including mail) saw 4.8 percent increase, reaching to 426,000 tonnes as compared to the same period last year. 17 percent growth in transshipments attributed the most to the growth in cargo throughput in April. Among the key trading regions, cargo throughput for North America increased most significantly in the month.
On the other hand, passenger traffic registered 0.8 percent year-on-year increase. The airport handled 6.32 million passengers. The slight growth in passenger traffic in April was mainly driven by 10 percent year-on-year growth in visitor traffic. Passenger traffic to/from Mainland China and Japan recorded the most significant increases.
Easter holiday fell in late-March this year, as compared to April in 2017. Balancing out the impact of the Easter holidays, the March and April combined passenger traffic showed a 4.5 percent year-on-year growth, driven by 9 percent growth in visitor traffic. Cargo and airmail throughput registered 0.9 percent growth while flight movements increased by 2.3 percent.
Over the first four months of the year, HKIA handled 24.7 million passengers and 1.60 million tonnes of cargo and airmail for year-on-year increases of 3.4 percent and 4.2 percent respectively.
“On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA registered 73.7 million passengers, 5.11 million tonnes of cargo and airmail, and 424,025 flight movements, representing year-on-year growth of 4.1 percent, 7.2 percent and 3.0 percent respectively,” the company said through a statement on its website.