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HKIA reports steady traffic growth in first half of 2015

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded steady growth in all three traffic categories during the first half of 2015. From January to June this year, passenger throughput and flight movements rose by 9.1% and 4.4% to 33.6 million and 199,620 respectively, compared to the same period last year. Cargo traffic increased slightly by 0.6% to 2.1 million tonnes.

Monthly passenger traffic and flight movements for June registered year-on-year growth of 7.1% and 3.5% to 5.6 million and 32,870 respectively. In June, cargo volume decreased by 3.5% to 349,000 tonnes. 

The growth in passenger traffic in June was mainly driven by transfer/transit traffic and Hong Kong resident traffic, which experienced 13% and 12% growth respectively over the same month last year. Passenger traffic to / from Southeast Asia and Japan recorded the most significant increases.

The decline in cargo throughput last month was mainly attributed to a 5% year-on-year drop in transshipments and a 4% decrease in exports. Imports registered 1% growth compared to the same month last year. Traffic to / from Southeast Asia, Mainland China and Europe underperformed other regions during the month. Cargo traffic was suppressed by the Eurozone weak economy and a slowdown in Asia Pacific imports and exports.

In the first half of 2015, passenger traffic was driven by continued growth of transfer/transit traffic and Hong Kong resident traffic, while cargo throughput was affected by a drop in exports. Passenger traffic and aircraft movements are expected to grow steadily in the second half, while cargo throughput is expected to consolidate for the rest of the year.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 66.1 million of passenger traffic and 4.4 million tonnes of cargo, up 7.1% and 3.2%, respectively, from the previous year. Flight movements also increased by 4.4% to 399,485.