Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in China has reported a 6.9% year-on-year rise in passenger traffic during the first half (H1) of 2012, to 27.6 million passengers.
Air traffic movements at HKIA rose by 5.8% to 171,870 during H1, while cargo volume was unchanged at 1.9 million tonnes.
HKIA's passenger traffic and air traffic movements in June 2012 increased by 5.5% and 4.9% to 4.7 million and 28,415 respectively, while its cargo tonnage increased 4.1% to 334,000t.
According to the airport, visitor traffic and Hong Kong resident travel, which recorded increases of 6% and 9% respectively, contributed to the June 2012 passenger traffic rise.
During June 2012, passenger traffic to and from Japan and Southeast Asia recorded positive gains.
An 8% rise in year-on-year imports has contributed to growth in cargo throughput in June, with Southeast Asia surpassing other key regions.
Airport Authority Hong Kong chief executive officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung said: "While we are continuously enhancing with our short, medium and long-term development programmes, we also recognise how vital human resources are to the efficiency, safety and service standards of HKIA."
During the 12-month rolling period, the airport reported 6.4% and 5.9% rises in passenger traffic and flight movements year-on-year to 55.7 million and 343,165 respectively, while cargo volume declined 3.5% to 3.9 million tonnes.
Image: HKIA broke its single-day passenger traffic record on 28 April 2012, handling around 194,000 passengers. Photo: courtesy of Meelosh.