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Air cargo throughput dropped in April


Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reported another record-breaking month in April. During the month, passenger volume rose 8.8% year-on-year to 5.8 million, surpassing the previous monthly record made in August last year. Aircraft movements increased by 3.1% to 33,725, while cargo volume dropped slightly by 0.7% compared to the same month last year to 360,000 tonnes.

The growth in passenger traffic in April was mainly due to 13% year-on-year growth in transfer/transit traffic and 12% growth in Hong Kong resident traffic. Passenger traffic to/from Southeast Asia and North Asia recorded the most significant increases.

The decline in cargo throughput last month was mainly attributed to a 5% year-on-year drop in transshipments. Imports and exports both registered a 1% increase compared to the same month last year.  Traffic to/from North America outperformed other key regions in the month.

For the first four months of 2015, passenger volume and cargo volume grew 8.8% and 1.9% year-on-year to 22.2 million and 1.4 million tonnes, respectively. Flight movements climbed 4.7% to 132,620.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA processed 65.1 million passengers and 4.4 million tonnes of cargo, representing increases of 6.6% and 4.9%, respectively. Flight movements grew 4.6% over the same period last year to 396,985.