Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in China has recorded a 9.3% rise in cargo traffic of 374,000t in November 2012, compared to 342,000t handled during the corresponding month in 2011.
During November, the airport witnessed 5.5% and 6.6% rises in passenger traffic and flight movements, respectively, with 4.6 million passengers and 29,710 flight movements.
The rise in passenger traffic was attributed to a 12% growth in domestic traffic, in addition to improved traffic to and from Southeast Asia and mainland China, while the cargo traffic was driven by an 11% rise in exports, with North America and Southeast Asia outperforming other regions.
Airport Authority Hong Kong chief executive officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung said that the airport's cargo volume sustained rebound for four successive months.
"We remain cautiously optimistic about the potential for cargo throughput, and we foresee this positive trend continuing at HKIA," Hon-chung said.
During the January to November 2012 period, passenger traffic climbed 4.8% to 51.5 million, while cargo volume reported a 1.7% rise to 3.7 million tonnes, with 5.4% growth in flight movements to 320,860 over the same period in 2011.
On a 12-month rolling average, HKIA reported a 5.4% rise in flight movements to 350,155 and s 5.1% surge in passenger traffic to 56.3 million, while cargo traffic increased 1.1% to 4 million tonnes.
HKIA is also working with the aviation community to enhance the operation of increasing flights during the Christmas and New Year holidays, while also adding 250 extra passenger flights to cater to the seasonal surge in demand.
Image: Cargo traffic at Hong Kong International Airport was mainly driven by an 11% rise in exports. Photo: courtesy of Meelosh.