Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in China reported a 7.7% rise in its passenger traffic during July 2013 to 5.4 million, compared to 5.02 million handled during the corresponding period in 2012, beating the previous record of 5.2 million served in August 2012.
Aircraft and cargo movement at HKIA grew by 7.5% and 1.9% respectively during the period to 32,120 and 341,000t, compared to the same period in 2012.
According to the airport operator Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), domestic traffic was mainly responsible for the rise in traffic in July 2013, reporting 14% rise year on year, while passenger traffic to/from South-East Asia and Mainland China surpassed other major regions.
The rise in cargo throughput was contributed by 5% growth in exports in July, with the cargo throughput to and from North America surpassing other key regions.
AAHK chief executive officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung said that the airport’s SkyPier has also set a new daily record on 8 August with 11,663 passengers.
"It showed that an increasing number of passengers has chosen our ferry services to travel between HKIA and the ports throughout the Pearl River Delta region, and that our combined air-sea transport services are enhancing HKIA’s competitiveness as a hub airport," Hon-chung said.
"In July, HKIA’s extensive flight destination network was further expanded with the launch of a twice-weekly service to Ordos, Inner Mongolia by Air China.
"A thrice-weekly Hong Kong-Tainan service was also introduced by China Airlines, providing more convenient travel to the Tainan and Chiayi regions of Taiwan."
Passenger traffic during the January to July period rose 5.2% to 34.3 million, while the cargo traffic increased 2% to 2.3 million tonnes and flight movements rose 5.5% and 212,790 over the same period in 2012.
During last 12 months, the airport served 58.2 million passengers, 4.1 million tonnes of cargo and 362,685 aircraft movements, reporting yearly rises of 4.4%, 3.5% and 5.4%, respectively.
Image: HKIA served 32,120 aircraft movements during July 2013, up 7.5% over corresponding period in 2012.