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Published on : Thursday, June 25, 2015
Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) announced that Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 64.7 million passengers in fiscal 2014/15, a record-breaking figure that represents an annual increase of 6.6% and makes HKIA one of the 10 busiest passenger airports in the world. HKIA was also the world’s busiest cargo airport for the fifth consecutive year with a throughput of 4.4 million tonnes, up 5.5% over the previous year; and it handled 396,000 flight movements, representing a year-on-year increase of 4.9%.
A record number of passengers was also made in cross-boundary trips between HKIA and eight SkyPier ferry destinations in Macao and the Pearl River Delta (PRD), growing 5.3% year on year to 2.8 million. More than two million passengers travelled between the airport and other destinations in the PRD by limousine, shuttle and coach services, up 1.5% from 2013/14.
Four new carriers began operating in Hong Kong during the year, including American Airlines, Siam Air, Vanilla Air and Jetstar Japan. Meanwhile, seven scheduled destinations for passenger and freight services, including Calgary, Changzhou, Kagoshima, Udon Thani, Washington, Xishuangbanna and Yiwu – were added to HKIA’s extensive flight network. As at the end of March 2015, HKIA had over 100 airlines serving approximately 180 destinations.
Fred Lam, Chief Executive Officer of the AA said, “We are delighted to see record-breaking traffic at HKIA, which reaffirms the airport’s status as an international and regional aviation hub. HKIA is currently operating at over 90% of its capacity, and we expect that it will reach saturation in the near future. Because of this, we must continue developing the airport in order to maintain its competitiveness. Several projects are under planning or already in the pipeline.”
Source:-Hong Kong International Airport