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Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has introduced additional relief measures in the wake of the coronavirus Covid-19 epidemic and anti-government protests that disrupted airport operations.

Since last year, the airport has seen a decline in passenger numbers, first due to the anti-government protests that started in 2019, and then due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has introduced rental concessions, waivers or fee reductions and other relief measures to alleviate the stress on its aviation industry business partners.

The relief measures, which started last year, amount to HK$1.6bn ($205.4m), including the new concessions and waivers.

Among others, the new measures are designed to help the airport’s retail and catering outlets, airlines and ground handling agents.

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AA stated: “It is hoped that the two rounds of relief measures would be of help to the industry during this difficult period.”

The airport is also considering the closure of the concourse located between the two runways as passenger flight movements decrease by around two-thirds.

HKIA reported that 71.5 million passengers travelled through the airport in 2019, which marks a decrease of 4.2% compared to 2018.

The Covid-19 epidemic has claimed 2,619 lives and infected more than 79,000 around the world. Hong Kong has reported 74 confirmed cases and two deaths so far.

Earlier this month, the Government of Hong Kong suspended immigration services at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and the Ocean Terminal.

Major Asian airlines also temporarily suspended flights to China.

Last week, Hong Kong Airlines announced that it will stop offering in-flight services such as food, drinks and blankets to minimise the spread of Covid-19.