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HKIA Sets New Monthly Record for Cargo Volume in November

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) experienced strong growth in cargo throughput in November. During the month, cargo volume increased sharply by 7.1% year on year to 436,000 tonnes, setting a new monthly record. Passenger volume and flight movements dropped 3.5% and 4.1% from the same period last year to 5.4 million and 32,590, respectively.

November is the traditional peak period for air cargo. Imports, exports and transshipments all grew by 7% compared to the same month last year. Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to / from Southeast Asia and Europe increased most significantly during the month.

The drop of passenger traffic in November was associated with the special one-off flight movement arrangements implemented by the Civil Aviation Department to facilitate transition to the new Air Traffic Management System. During the month, transfer / transit traffic and visitor traffic declined, Hong Kong resident travel grew by 6% year on year. Passenger traffic to / from Southeast Asia, Mainland China and Taiwan recorded the most noticeable drops.

In the first eleven months of 2016, HKIA welcomed 64.4 million passengers and witnessed 375,870 flight movements, marking year-on-year increases of 3% and 1.4%, respectively. Cargo throughput grew 2.4% from the same period in 2015 to 4.1 million tonnes.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 70.4 million passengers, 411,270 flight movements and 4.48 million tonnes of cargo, recording year-on-year increases of 3.3%, 1.6% and 2.3%, respectively.