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HKIA Sees Continuous Growth in Air Traffic in September

Air traffic at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) continued to grow in September. During the month, passenger volume rose by 6.3% to 5.4 million, while aircraft movements increased by 3.3% to 33,085 compared to the same month last year. Cargo volume handled also recorded a rise of 1.1% year-on-year to 368,000 tonnes in September, after declining in recent months.

The growth in September passenger traffic was mainly driven by 12% year-on-year growth in Hong Kong resident travel. Transfer/transit traffic also grew by 7% year-on-year. Traffic to / from Japan and Southeast Asia also increased significantly. Meanwhile, during the National Day Golden Week from 1 October to 7 October, overall passenger volume continued to rise by 4%, with the number of visitors rose by 10% compared with last year.

The rebound in air cargo traffic in September was primarily due to a 3% year-on-year growth in exports. Imports experienced negligible growth; however, transshipments decreased by 3% compared to the same month last year.  Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to / from North America and Australasia increased most significantly.

In the first nine months of this year, HKIA handled 51.2 million passenger trips, 3.2 million tonnes of cargo and 301,790 flight movements, representing growth of 8.4%, 0.2% and 4%, respectively, over the same period last year.

On a rolling 12-month basis, passenger volume and cargo throughput grew by 8% and 1.3% to 67.3 million and 4.4 million tonnes, respectively. Flight movement climbed by 4.2% from the previous year to 402,635.