Hong Kong Airport sees 4.3 percent increase in cargo traffic in May

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June 20, 2018: Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has seen 4.3 percent increase in cargo and airmail throughput to 436,000 tonnes in the month of May this year. Transshipments recorded year-on-year increase of 16 percent, contributing the most to the growth in cargo throughput. During the month, Southeast Asia and India increased most significantly among the key trading regions.

Passenger volume increased by 1 percent to 6.04 million in the reporting month. Passenger growth in May was contributed by both Hong Kong residents’ travel and visitor traffic. The two passenger categories both grew by 5 percent year-on-year. Passenger traffic to/from Japan and Mainland China recorded the most significant increases.

Over the first five months of the year, HKIA handled 30.7 million passengers and 2.03 million tonnes of cargo and airmail, representing year-on-year increases of 3 percent and 4.1 percent respectively. 

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA recorded 73.8 million passengers, 5.13 million tonnes of cargo and airmail, and 424,590 flight movements, representing year-on-year growth of 3.9 percent, 6.5 percent and 2.9 percent respectively.

Cissy Chan, executive director, Commercial for Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), said, “We are honoured that HKIA is so highly recognised by the global air cargo industry. This accolade is a result of the concerted efforts of the airport community, and I am proud to say that it also signifies more exciting developments to come. Recently we awarded the tender for a premium logistics centre at Kwo Lo Wan in the South Cargo Precinct of HKIA, which will provide further impetus to Hong Kong’s air cargo development by helping us capture the rapidly growing global e-commerce business.” 

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