Passenger traffic at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) increased by 9.3% to 4.8 million in September 2013, up from the 4.39 million passengers handled in September 2012.
The rise in passenger traffic in September was primarily driven by visitor traffic, which achieved an increase of 12% year on year.
During the month, HKIA reported 25,340 flight movements, recording a year-on-year growth of 6.7%, while cargo throughput declined by 0.2% 4,355t.
Passenger traffic to and from Mainland China and South East Asia outperformed other regions.
The airport witnessed a 0.8% decline in cargo volume to 344,000t, primarily due to a 3% year-on-year drop in imports.
Exports saw a slight decline, while transshipments reported a 1% increase compared to the same month last year.
Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) chief executive officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung said that according to HKIA's winter flight schedule, which commences at the end of October, the airport will soon be handling around 1,068 scheduled flights daily.
"Working closely in concert with government departments and business partners, I am confident HKIA can maintain the highest standards of safety, efficiency and service quality while serving a greater number of travellers than ever before," Mr Hui added.
For the first three quarters of 2013, HKIA recorded a year-on-year increase of 6% to 44.8 million in passenger traffic, cargo volume was up by 1.7% to 3 million tonnes and flight movements increased by 5.6% to 275,645.
On a rolling 12-month basis, the number of passengers served reached 59 million, while 4.1 million tonnes of cargo was handled, representing a growth of 5.4% and 2.8% respectively.
Flight movements also increased by 5.6% year on year to 366,195.
Image: The rise in passenger traffic in September was primarily driven by visitor traffic, which achieved an increase of 12% year on year. Photo: courtesy of Livewireshock.