Hong Kong International Airport reports traffic increase in April

19 May 2014 (Last Updated May 19th, 2014 18:30)

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) experienced a 9.5% year-over-year increase in the passenger traffic in April 2014, compared with the same period last year.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) experienced a 9.5% year-over-year increase in the passenger traffic in April 2014, compared with the same period last year.

During the month, the airport handled 5.4 million travellers, in addition to 362,000t of cargo and 32,700 flights, which represent year-on-year increases of 6% and 7% respectively.

The increase is said to be boosted by a 30% year-on-year growth in Hong Kong resident traffic, as well as a significant increase in customers travelling to and from Taiwan, mainland China and Japan.

"Our efforts have been recognised by the International Air Transport Association, which recently presented HKIA with Fast Travel Award Green status."

Hong Kong Airport Authority chief executive officer Stanley Hui Hon-Chung said: "HKIA welcomed an average of 192,000 passengers a day during the extended Easter weekend, which is 3.5% higher than the same period in 2013.

"These figures support our expectations that 2014 will be a solid year for HKIA, in line with the global economic recovery."

"As traffic volumes continue to rise, sustaining our world-class services and operational efficiency has become an even greater challenge.

"We have introduced self-service technologies, such as check-in kiosks and a mobile boarding pass service, to streamline the airport experience for travellers. We are also exploring self-service baggage drop-off for checked-in passengers.

"Our efforts have been recognised by the International Air Transport Association, which recently presented HKIA with Fast Travel Award Green status."

During the first quarter of 2014, HKIA handled 20.4 million passengers, 1.4 million tonnes of cargo and 126,595 flights, registering a year-on-year growth of 6.4%, 5.6% and 6.3% respectively.

On a rolling 12-month basis, passenger volume at the airport grew 6.8% to 61.1 million, while cargo increased 3.6% to 4.2 million tonnes. HKIA also handled 379,600 flights, marking a year-on-year growth of 6.5% when compared with last year's figures.