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HKIA Air Cargo Throughput Decreased by 2.5 % in March 2018

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded strong growth in passenger volume in March, handling 6.39 million passengers with a year-on-year surge of 8.5%. Flight movements increased by 2.8% to 36,240 compared to the same month last year, while cargo throughput decreased by 2.5 % to 422,000 tonnes.

While imports recorded a 13% growth in March, the decline in cargo throughput was mainly attributed to the 12% year-on-year drop in exports. Among the key trading regions, South Korea and Europe registered the most significant drop during the month.

Over the first three months of the year, HKIA handled 18.3 million passengers and 1.15 million tonnes of cargo, representing year-on-year increases of 4.4% and 4.2% respectively. Flight movements increased 2.7% to 104,545 compared to the same period in 2017.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 5 million tonnes of cargo with a year-on-year increase of 7.5%. Passenger throughput and flight movements increased 4.5% to 73.6 million and 3.2% to 423,390 respectively.