Hong Kong Airport sees steady growth in cargo volume in September
October 16, 2017: Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has handled 430,000 tonnes of cargo during the month of September, soaring cargo volume 9.1 percent compared to the same period last year. The key driver for this growth is exports that registered a robust 14 percent year-on-year growth.
Amongst the key trading regions, cargo throughput to Europe and Southeast Asia increased the most significantly.
On the other hand, passenger volume and flight movements increased by 2 percent to 5.61 million and 2.2 percent to 34,635 respectively. A 7 percent year-on-year growth in Hong Kong resident travel was the main driver of the growth in passenger traffic in September. The Japan market continued to show the most significant growth amongst the key regions.
Over the first nine months of 2017, passenger throughput and air traffic movements have climbed 2.1 percent to 54.4 million and 1.4 percent to 313,095 respectively compared with the same period last year. Cargo volume has seen a year-on-year surge of 10.9 percent to 3.58 million tonnes.
On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 71.7 million passengers, 415,980 flight movements and 4.87 million tonnes of cargo, registering growth of 1.5 percent, 0.7 percent and 10.2 percent respectively.
C K Ng, executive director, Airport Operations of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “In October we will welcome three new airlines as part of our mission to offer more convenience and choice to passengers. Two airlines, Cambodia Angkor Air and JC (Cambodia) International Airlines, will commence operating flights to and from Cambodia on October 29. Cambodia Angkor Air will be flying two weekly flights to Siem Reap, while JC (Cambodia) International Airlines will serve two flights to Siem Reap and two flights to Phnom Penh each week. In addition, Air Seoul will start operating daily flights to Seoul of South Korea starting 31 October.”Also read: Hong Kong Airport sees strong growth in cargo volume in November