Hong Kong International Airport reports 7.7% rise in October passenger traffic

16 November 2015 (Last Updated November 16th, 2015 18:30)

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has reported a 7.7% rise in October passenger traffic, handling around 5.8 million passengers.

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Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has reported a 7.7% rise in October passenger traffic, handling around 5.8 million passengers.

The increase in October passenger numbers was a result of a 13% year-on-year growth in Hong Kong resident travel.

The airport also recorded an annual increase in all aspects of air traffic, passenger numbers, flight figures and cargo movements.

Flight movements were up by 3.5% to 34,810 while cargo figures increased to 392,000t, a 2% rise compared to last year.

Transfer or Transit traffic also saw an increase of 7%, while passenger traffic to/from Japan recorded the most significant increase.

"In addition to the visible roles of pilots and flight attendants, thousands of dedicated professionals work behind the scenes to maintain our high service standards around the clock."

Imports this year were up by 4%, exports by 1% and transshipments by 2% when compared to the same month last year.

There was also a significant increase in the trading business to and from the key trading centres of Europe, Australasia and North America.

Since the beginning of the year, HKIA has handled 56.9 million passengers, 3.58 million tonnes of cargo and 336,610 flight movements, marking year-on-year increases of 8.3%, 0.4% and 4.0%, respectively.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA has handled 67.7 million passengers, 4.39 million tonnes of cargo and 403,805 flight movements, recording year-on-year increases of 8.0%, 1.1% and 4.0%, respectively.

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) Airport Operations deputy director Vivian Cheung said: "To serve the needs of our ever-growing traffic, the whole airport community works closely together to provide a pleasant airport experience for travellers from all around the world.

"In addition to the visible roles of pilots and flight attendants, thousands of dedicated professionals work behind the scenes to maintain our high service standards around the clock."


Image: Hong Kong International Airport - outside. Photo: courtesy of Sam Li.