The airport’s air cargo throughput, however, declined 13.3% to 248,000t during February, down from the 286,000t handled during February 2012.
Aircraft movements at HKIA rose by 4.1% to 27,665 in February 2013, up from 26,583 flights handled during 2012.
During the first two months of 2013, the airport’s passenger traffic reached 9.3 million, while it handled 582,000t of cargo, increases of 3.8% and 3.6% respectively over the same period last year.
Flight movements at HKIA increased 4.2% year-on-year to 57,955 during January and February 2013.
Airport Authority Hong Kong chief executive officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung said the airport reported traffic growth in all three categories at the beginning of 2013.
"Preliminary figures show that on 16 February, during the Chinese New Year peak travel period, we handled a record-breaking daily flow of more than 198,000 passengers," Hui said.
According to the airport, the rise in visitor traffic was responsible for the overall growth of passenger volume in January and February, registering 5% growth over the same period in 2012, while the traffic to and from South East Asia, the Chinese mainland and Taiwan also reported growth.
The rise in cargo throughput during January and February was mainly due to an 11% year-on-year growth in transhipments to and from Taiwan and North America, which outperformed other key regions during the period.
"Cargo recorded slower tonnage in February due to the closure of mainland factories during the holiday period," Hui said.
"We expect that cargo will gradually stabilise in the coming months as factories resume operations and we remain cautiously optimistic for the cargo growth in longer run."
During the rolling 12-month period, HKIA’s passenger traffic reached 56.8 million, a 2% rise year-on-year, while cargo and flight movements also rose 3.1% and 4.8% to 4.05 million tonnes and 354,035.
Image: HKIA’s air cargo throughput dropped by 13.3% to 248,000t during February 2013 compared to the 286,000t handled during the corresponding month in 2012.