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Air cargo throughput in May showed a slight drop


Both passengers and aircraft movements at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) registered steady growth in May 2015. During the month, passenger volume rose by 12.1% to 5.8 million, while aircraft movements increased by 4.2% to 34,115 compared to the same month last year. Cargo throughput experienced a slight 0.3% yearly drop to 366,000 tonnes.

The growth in passenger traffic in May was mainly due to 18% year-on-year growth in both transfer/transit traffic and Hong Kong resident traffic. Passenger traffic to/from Southeast Asia and North Asia recorded the most significant increases.

The slight decline in cargo throughput last month was mainly attributed to a 2% year-on-year drop in exports. Imports and transshipments both registered a 1% increase compared to the same month last year. Traffic to/from North America outperformed other key regions during the month.

Since the start of the year, HKIA has welcomed 27.9 million passengers, 1.7 million tonnes of cargo and 166,745 aircraft movements, marking year-on-year increases of 9.5%, 1.4% and 4.6%, respectively.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA has served 65.8 million passengers and handled 398,380 aircraft movements, with both figures increasing year-on-year by 6.9% and 4.5%, respectively. Cargo tonnage increased by 4.1% to 4.4 million tonnes over the same period.