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HKIA Records Steady Traffic Growth in First Half of 2018

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) announced that all three traffic categories saw steady growth in the first half of 2018. From January to June of this year, HKIA handled 36.9 million passengers and 2.5 million tonnes of cargo and airmail, representing increases of 3.4% and 3.5%, respectively, over the same period last year. Flight movements increased 2.3% to 211,285 year on year.

 Visitor traffic and Hong Kong resident travel were the key drivers for passenger growth. Cargo throughput growth was attributed largely to transshipments.

 In June, passengers and flight movements amounted to 6.2 million and 35,340, respectively, representing year-on-year growth of 5.2% and 2.2%. HKIA handled 424,000 tonnes of cargo and airmail, increasing 0.9%. Hong Kong resident travel and visitor traffic grew by 9% and 8%, respectively, contributing the most to passenger growth. Passenger traffic to and from Southeast Asia, mainland China and Japan recorded the most significant increases. Transshipments saw a strong increase of 14%, once again driving growth in cargo throughput. North America and Southeast Asia experienced the most significant growth among key trading regions.

 On a 12-month rolling basis, cargo and airmail throughput increased 5.6% to 5.1 million tonnes year on year. Passengers and flight movements grew 4.3% and 2.9% to 74 million and 425,350, respectively.