February Figures Show Passenger and Cargo Rise at Hong Kong Airport

17 March 2010 (Last Updated March 17th, 2010 18:30)

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has registered a 17% year-on-year growth of passenger volume to 3.9 million and cargo by 30.1% to 257,000t in February 2010. The increase in HKIA's passenger and cargo throughput was driven by increased demand for Chinese New Year (CNY).

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has registered a 17% year-on-year growth of passenger volume to 3.9 million and cargo by 30.1% to 257,000t in February 2010.

The increase in HKIA's passenger and cargo throughput was driven by increased demand for Chinese New Year (CNY).

HKIA's air traffic movement also rose by 4.9% to 22,270, compared to the same month in 2009.

Domestic travel in HKIA increased by 45.3% and international travel by 17.5% year-on-year.

The airport's combined January and February figures saw an increase of 15.3% in domestic travel and 9.2% in international numbers.

In January and February HKIA's traffic to and from South East Asia, the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Japan recorded a healthy growth.

In February HKIA's cargo imports rose 28% year-on-year, while its exports increased 44% and transshipments increased by 8%.

The airport's combined January and February figures showed an improvement of 40% in imports and exports, and 10% in transshipments.

The airport handled 7.9 million passengers, 558,000t of cargo and 45,730 flight movements, an increase of 6.9%, 36.9% and 0.6% respectively, compared to the same period in 2009.

Flight movements during the summer operating season is also expected to increase by 15% compared to the same season last year.

On a rolling 12-month basis, cargo throughput rose 0.2% year-on-year to 3.5 million tons. Passenger volume fell by 3% to 46.6 million, and air-traffic movements dropped 6.2% to 279,755.