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Hong Kong air traffic reflects global declines

There were double-digit declines in throughput for June, for both passenger and cargo traffic, at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Passenger numbers declined by 18.9% while cargo handled at HKIA dropped by 13.4% when compared to June 2008, to 3.3 million and 270,000 tonnes, respectively. The declines are attributable to weakened global demand and reduction in flights by airlines. In Hong Kong, air traffic movements also decreased by 13.3% to 21,505.

Demand for travel was further dampened by the global fear sparked by Influenza A (H1N1). As a result, travel by Hong Kong residents and visitors dropped by 12% and 25% respectively. On the cargo side, exports declined 17% over the same month last year, mainly due to the continually weak consumption markets in North America and Europe.

Meanwhile in total for the first half of 2009, HKIA handled 22.4 million passengers, 1.5 million tonnes of air cargo and 138,290 aircraft movements, representing drops of 8.2%, 19.8% and 7.7% respectively when compared to first half of 2008.

For the 12 months ended 30 June 2009, 46.6 million passengers, 3.3 million tonnes of cargo and 289,630 air traffic movements passed through HKIA, representing year-on-year decreases of 5.8%, 15.3% and 4.1%, respectively.