Passenger traffic at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) increased by 4.1% in May 2013 to 4.7 million compared to 4,527,000 passengers served during the corresponding period in 2012.
During the period, HKIA recorded 6.1% rise in aircraft movements with 31,040 movements, while cargo throughput rose by 1.8% to 339,000t.
Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) chief executive officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung said that monthly flight movements have reached a new record high, beating the previous record of 30,799 set in December 2012.
"Although increasing demand is posing greater challenges, HKIA is dedicated to maintaining our high service standards," Hon-chung said.
The rise in passenger traffic was mainly due to a 7% year-on-year growth in visitor traffic and a 10% rise in domestic traffic, while the airport also witnessed strong passenger traffic to/from South East Asia and Mainland China.
According to the airport operator AAHK, the cargo traffic growth at the airport was mainly due to 1% and 4% rises in exports and transhipments respectively during the period, with cargo throughput to / from North America outperforming other major regions.
During the initial five months of 2013, passenger traffic at HKIA rose 4.1% to 23.9 million, while cargo volume and aircraft movements rose 2.2% and 4.6% to 1.6 million tonnes and 150,080 respectively compared to the same period in 2012.
During the consecutive 12-month period, HKIA reported 3.6% and 3.5% growth in passenger traffic and aircraft movements to 57.4 million and 4.06 million tonnes respectively, with its flight movements rising by 4.8% year-on-year to 358,290.
Image: During May 2013, flight movements at HKIA set a new monthly record of 31,040, up 6.1% compared to the corresponding month in 2012.