Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reported a 1.3% rise in its passenger traffic in September, registering 4.4 million, up from the 4.34 million handled during the corresponding month in 2011.
Air traffic movements and cargo volume at HKIA increased 4.1% and 6.8% respectively to 28,850t and 347,000t during the month.
The rise in passenger traffic was mainly contributed to by domestic traffic, which reported an 11% rise, in addition to positive results from passenger traffic to and from the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan.
The 7% year-on-year growth in exports was responsible for the growth in cargo throughput during the month, reporting a strong bounce back from declines since April 2011.
Consistent with the strong rebound in trade in September, the to-and-fro traffic from North America and South East Asia dominated other regions during the month.
Airport Authority Hong Kong chief executive officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung said that all three air traffic categories reported growth during September.
"It is particularly pleasing to see year-on-year increases in cargo throughput over the last two consecutive months," Hon-chung said.
"It is also worth noting that airport operations were smooth and efficient during the busy National Day Golden Week."
During the first three quarters of 2012, HKIA reported a 5.1% rise in its passenger traffic to 42.2 million, while cargo traffic and flight movements increased 0.9% and 5.3% to 2.9 million tonnes of cargo and 261,110 flight movements respectively.
Passenger traffic and aircraft movements at HKIA rose 5.3% and 5.2% on a rolling 12-month basis to 56 million and 346,840 respectively, with a 1.1% decline in cargo traffic to 4 million tonnes.
With the commencement of the winter flight schedule at the end of October, the airport is expecting an average of 1,000 scheduled flights per day during the period.
Image: During the first three quarters of 2012, HKIA’s air traffic increased 5.3% to 261,110 over the same period last year.