Hong Kong international airport (HKIA) reported a 1.9% rise in passenger traffic during October 2012 to 4.7 million when compared to the corresponding month in 2011.
Cargo traffic at HKIA increased 1.1% to 46,000t, while aircraft movements rose 5.1% to 30,025 during the period.
The 14% rise in domestic traffic for the National Day holidays during the month has been responsible for the rise in traffic, in addition to improved traffic on routes to and from South East Asia and Taiwan over the corresponding period in 2011.
During October, the airport’s cargo tonnage increased due to a 11% rise in transhipments, with cargo throughput to and from North America and China surpassing other major regions.
Airport Authority Hong Kong chief executive officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung said that passenger traffic and flight movements will continue to grow in the near future.
"Preliminary numbers on cargo throughput in November also suggest a welcome and strong rebound in the year-end peak months," Hon-chung said.
"We are cautiously optimistic about cargo performance for 2012 given the arrival of the holiday season.
"We are constantly seeking ways to improve our service, and we will continue to review airport operations with our business partners with a view toward further enhancing the passenger experience."
During the initial ten months of 2012, HKIA reported a 4.8% rise in passenger traffic to 46.9 million, while cargo volume increased 0.9% to 3.3 million tonnes when compared to the same period last year.
Aircraft movements at HKIA reached 291,135 during the January to October 2012, representing a 5.2% rise over the same period in 2011.
Over the past 12 months, HKIA handled 56 million passengers, reporting a 5% year-on-year rise, while aircraft movements climbed 5.2% to 345,695.
On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA’s cargo volume declined 0.3% to 4 million tonnes over the corresponding period in 2011.
Image: HKIA registered a 1.1% rise in cargo traffic to 46,000t due to an 11% rise in transhipments during the month.