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Air Traffic in February Impacted by Epidemic


Air Traffic in February Impacted by Epidemic

During February 2020, HKIA handled 1.9 million passengers and 18,005 flight movements, representing year-on-year decreases of 68.0% and 44.5%, respectively. Cargo throughput dropped 8.9% compared to the same month last year, to 251,000 tonnes.

Combining the figures for the first two months of this year, which eliminates the effect of Chinese New Year falling in a different month in 2019 for a more meaningful comparison, HKIA handled 7.6 million passengers and 51,215 flight movements, representing year-on-year decreases of 38.5% and 25.7%, respectively. Cargo throughput fell 9.8% to 611,000 tonnes compared to the same period last year.

With the impact of epidemic and the late resumption of Mainland China factories production, cargo traffic remained weak in first two months of the year. Decreases of 14% and 11% were recorded in transshipments and exports, respectively. Among the key trading regions, traffic to and from North America and Europe decreased most significantly in the period.

On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume and flight movements dropped 11.1% and 6.2% to 66.8 million and 402,030, respectively. Cargo throughput declined by 6.2% to 4.7 million tonnes.