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HKIA Records Steady Traffic Growth in April

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) saw steady growth in all three air traffic categories in April 2017. During the month, the airport handled 6.3 million passengers, registering year-on-year growth of 6%. Cargo volume and flight movements increased 8.9% and 3.1% to 398,000 tonnes and 34,740, respectively, compared to the same month last year.   

Hong Kong residents’ travel, which recorded a tremendous 38% growth in April, was the main driver of the passenger growth. Passenger traffic to and from Japan recorded the most significant increases. 

The continuing strong growth in cargo was largely attributed to a 14% year-on-year growth in exports. Amongst the key trading regions, North America and Europe increased most significantly in the month.

Combining March and April to even out the seasonal impact of the Easter holidays, passenger volume, cargo tonnage, and flight movements showed year-on-year growth of 1.9%, 13.4% and 1.8%, respectively.

During the first four months of 2017, HKIA handled 23.9 million passengers and 1.5 million tonnes of cargo – up 1.4% and 10.9%, respectively, from the same period last year, and flight movements decreased by 0.1% to 136,540.

On a rolling 12-month basis, cargo tonnage registered a year-on-year increase of 7.3%, amounting to 4.7 million tonnes. Passenger traffic rose 1.5% to 70.8 million, while flight movements registered a 0.4% increase to 411,485.