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Typhoon Mangkhut Causes Slight Drops in HKIA Air Traffic Figures for September

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded slight decreases in all three air traffic categories in September due primarily to Typhoon Mangkhut, which resulted in no flight movement for more than 20 hours. During the month, passenger volume decreased by 0.3% year on year to 5.6 million. Cargo and airmail throughput was 431,000 tonnes, a drop of 1.4% compared to the same month last year, while flight movements declined by 2.7% to 33,705.

The reduction in cargo throughput was mainly attributed to a 4% decrease in exports. Transshipments continued to be the relatively stronger cargo category, achieving during the month a 3% year-on-year growth. Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to and from Europe and Japan declined most significantly.

Over the first nine months of 2018, HKIA handled 56 million passengers and 3.75 million tonnes of cargo and airmail, representing year-on-year increases of 3% and 2.6%, respectively. Flight movements increased by 1.8% to 318,650 compared to the same period last year.

On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume and flight movements grew by 4% and 2.5% to 74.5 million and 426,205, respectively. HKIA recorded cargo and airmail throughput of 5.1 million tonnes, representing a 3.3% year-on-year surge.