Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has reported a 2.1 million passenger throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for January 2023, representing a year-on-year surge of around 28 times.

AAHK noted that the airport handled more than 80,000 passengers daily at peak, which is 40% of pre-pandemic levels.

Flight movements at HKIA during January increased 34.9% to 16,215, due to the ease in travel restrictions, compared to the same period last year.

Passenger volumes at the airport increased significantly in the second half of the month due to the Chinese New Year holiday.

The reopening of the Mainland market to international travel also attributes to the growth in passenger traffic between Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Air traffic between South-East Asia and Japan also increased significantly.

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However, cargo throughput declined 26.4% to 288,000t compared to the same month a year ago.

The decline in cargo volumes was attributed to global economic uncertainties and factory closures in Mainland China during Chinese New Year.

HKIA witnessed year-on-year decreases in import and export cargo of 36% and 33%, respectively, across South-East Asia, Taiwan, North America, and Europe.

AAHK sustainability general manager Peter Lee said: “We are honoured to receive these awards in recognition of our dedicated efforts in promoting sustainable growth.

“While taking forward various development projects under the Airport City blueprint, we are giving sustainability a high priority in various aspects such as setting carbon reduction targets and adopting green building designs.

“We will continue to work with the airport community to achieve our goal of becoming one of the world’s greenest airports.”