Hong Kong Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) served 5.14 million in January 2014, an increase of 11.1% compared with the same period the previous year.

Cargo throughput increased 5.3% to 352,000t, while flight movements rose 7.3% to 32,685.

The airport registered a record January growth in all three traffic categories.

The growth in passenger traffic was fueled primarily by Hong Kong resident traffic and visitor traffic, which recorded a year-over-year growth of 22% and 11% respectively.

The most significant increases were seen in passenger traffic to and from mainland China and Taiwan.

"Air traffic figures started 2014 on a bright note."

A growth in cargo throughput in January was primarily due to a 10% increase in exports, with cargo throughput to and from South East Asia and Europe improving most significantly compared to other key regions.

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Airport Authority Hong Kong CEO Stanley Hui Hon-chung said: "Air traffic figures started 2014 on a bright note. We are seeing continued healthy growth, with passenger numbers making a surge towards the end of the month due to the Chinese New Year holidays."

From 28 January to 4 February, HKIA handled an average of 175,000 passengers and 1,060 flight movements per day, showing increases of 3% and 4.5% respectively when compared with the same holiday period the previous year.

On a rolling 12-month basis, passenger traffic rose 7.5% year-on-year to 60.4 million; flight movements increased 6.1% to 374,445; and cargo tonnage rose 1.4% to 4.14 million tonnes compared to the same period the previous year.

Image: The most significant increases in January were in passenger traffic to and from mainland China and Taiwan. Photo: courtesy of Airport Authority Hong Kong.