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Steady Growth in HKIA Air Traffic Continues in January

Steady Growth in HKIA Air Traffic Continues in January


Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) achieved steady growth in all air traffic categories in the first month of 2017. The airport handled 6.2 million passengers in January, or 4.8% more than the same period last year, while flight movements increased by 0.3% year on year to 35,315 and cargo grew by 3.1% to 372,000 tonnes.

Passenger traffic growth was largely driven by the surge in Hong Kong resident travel during the Chinese New Year holidays, which saw a year-on-year rise of 24%. Passenger traffic to and from Japan, Europe and Southeast Asia registered the most significant increases.

Growth in cargo throughput was mainly due to an 8% increase in exports. Amongst key trading regions, traffic to and from Europe and North America showed the most significant increases.

On a rolling 12-month basis, passenger volume and flight movements at HKIA grew by 2.3% and 0.9% to 70.8 million and 411,630 respectively compared to the same period last year. Cargo throughput rose by 3.4% to 4.5 million tonnes.