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April 18, 2016

HKIA records steady rise in passenger traffic in March

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded a steady 4.8% rise in passenger numbers in March, compared to the same month in 2015.

By Lopamudra Roy

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded a steady 4.8% rise in passenger numbers in March, compared to the same month in 2015.

During the month, the year-on-year passenger volume rose to six million, while flight movements increased by 2.2% to 35,060.

Freight volume at the airport rose by 1.1% to 368,000t.

The increase in passenger numbers was primarily a result of Hong Kong travellers, which accounted for a 19% year-on-year increase over the same month in 2015.

"The increase in passenger numbers was primarily a result of Hong Kong travellers, which accounted for a 19% year-on-year increase."

The rise in cargo volume during March resulted primarily from a 5% rise in exports and a 3% increase in transshipments, with India and Australasia being the major trading regions.

In the first quarter of 2016, HKIA handled 17.6 million passengers with a rise of 7.5%. Flight traffic also grew by 4%, with the number of movements reaching 102,880.

However, cargo declined by 3.5% to 987,000t, when compared to the same period in 2015.

During the last year, HKIA received 69.7 million passengers and operated 410,020 flight movements, while freight volume totalled 4.34 million tonnes.

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