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HKIA Reports Solid Growth in Passenger Traffic and Flight Movements in First Half of 2016


HKIA Reports Solid Growth in Passenger Traffic and Flight Movements in First Half of 2016

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded solid growth in passenger volume and flight movements during the first half of 2016. From January to June this year, passenger throughput and flight movements rose by 5.1% and 2.6% year on year to 35.2 million and 204,750, respectively. Cargo volume saw a slight drop of 0.8% to 2.1 million tonnes.

In June, passenger traffic and flight movements grew by 5.4% and 2.7%, respectively, to 5.9 million and 33,770, compared to the same month last year. The growth in passenger traffic in June was mainly driven by Hong Kong resident travel, which grew 15% compared to the same month last year. Passenger traffic to / from North Asia, Southeast Asia and Mainland China recorded the most significant increases.

Cargo volume recorded a 5.3% year-on-year increase in June to 368,000 tonnes. Transshipments contributed most significantly to the increase in cargo volume during the month, growing by 11% year-on-year. Exports and imports registered 5% and 2% growth, respectively, compared to June 2015. Traffic to / from Southeast Asia and Mainland China outperformed other regions.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 70 million passengers, up 6.2% annually, while flight movements rose 2.9% to 411,150. Cargo throughput dropped slightly by 0.6% to 4.4 million tonnes during the past 12 months.