Hong Kong International Airport reports 8.2% rise in August passenger traffic

16 September 2013 (Last Updated September 16th, 2013 18:30)

Passenger traffic at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) increased by 8.2% to 5.6 million in August 2013, compared to 5.2 million passengers in August 2012.

Passenger traffic at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) increased by 8.2% to 5.6 million in August 2013, compared to 5.2 million passengers in August 2012.

The rise in passenger traffic in August was primarily driven by tourism and Hong Kong residential traffic, which achieved 8% and 13% rises respectively year on year.

Passenger traffic to and from Mainland China and South East Asia also performed well.

During the month, HKIA reported 32,395 flight movements, recording a year-on-year growth of 6.3%, while the cargo throughput rose by 2.7% from the figure in August 2012 to 337,000t.

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) chief executive officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung said SkyPier, a cross-boundary ferry pier in HKIA, also set a new monthly record in August 2013, servicing more than 278,000 passengers, a 4.8% increase compared to August 2012, when the previous record was set.

"The rise in passenger traffic in August was primarily driven by tourism and Hong Kong residential traffic."

Cargo performance at HKIA also continued to improve and has maintained growth for five consecutive months despite the challenging global economic situation.

The rise in cargo traffic was driven by an 8% year-on-year increase in transshipments.

In the first eight months of 2013, HKIA recorded a year-on-year increase of 5.6% to 40 million in passenger traffic, while cargo volume was up by 2.1% to 2.6 million tonnes.

Flight movements for the period rose by 5.6% to 245,205, compared to August 2012.

On a rolling 12-month basis, the number of passengers served has reached 58.6 million, while 4.08 million tonnes of cargo was handled, representing a growth of 4.8% and 3.5% respectively.

Flight movements also increased by 5.5% year on year to 364,610.