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HKIA Cargo Volume Sees Double-digit Growth in May


The strong growth of cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) continued in May, with the volume of cargo handled seeing a sharp year-on-year increase of 12.9% to 409,000 tonnes. During the month, passenger volume and flight movements also increased by 2.5% to 6 million and 3% to 35,415 respectively when compared to the same month last year.

Passenger growth in May was boosted by a 13% year-on-year increase in Hong Kong resident travel. Traffic to / from Japan and Europe recorded the most significant increases.

Exports continued to be the main driver behind strong cargo growth. In May, exports recorded robust year-on-year growth of 21%. Amongst the key trading regions, Europe and North America increased most significantly.

During the first five months of 2017, cargo volume at HKIA registered 11.3% year-on-year growth to 1.9 million tonnes. Passenger throughput and flight movements increased by 1.5% to 29.8 million and 0.6% to 171,960 respectively.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 71 million passengers, 412,525 flight movements and 4.71 million tonnes of cargo, recording year-on-year increases of 1.5%, 0.5% and 8.5%, respectively.