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Air traffic growth in 1H 2007-08

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded solid growth during the first six months of fiscal 2007/08, with air traffic movements and passenger and cargo volumes increasing more than 6% in September alone. In September 2007, cargo volume handled at HKIA reached 342,000 tonnes, a 6.5% increase from 2006, while air traffic movements grew 6.1%, to 24,720.

Stanley Hui, CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, "Cargo demand has been strong since April. The long-haul freight markets to the US and Europe have been particularly robust, with the latter benefiting from the appreciation of the euro. We expect passenger volumes from Europe, the Mainland, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Korea to remain positive for the foreseeable future."

For the six months ended 30 September 2007, cargo volumes grew 5.8% to 1.88 million tonnes. Air traffic movements rose 6.0%, to 149,030. Meanwhile, for the 12 months ended 30 September 2007, the HKIA served 46.7 million passengers, handled 3.68 million tonnes of cargo and recorded 291,335 air traffic movements, with respective increases of 7.4%, 4.0% and 4.8% from the previous year.