Published on : Sunday, August 13, 2017
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded significant growth in passenger throughput and flight movements in July, setting new monthly records in these two air traffic categories. Monthly passenger volume increased by 3.3% from the same month last year to 6.5 million, while flight movements climbed 3% to 36,270. Cargo volume also registered strong year-on-year growth of 11% to 422,000 tonnes.
Hong Kong resident travel and transfer/transit travellers both grew by 5% year-on-year in July, driving HKIA’s passenger traffic growth. Japan continued to be the major contributor to the growth, while Europe and North America also recorded significant increases.
Coinciding with an improvement in global trade, exports continued to lead the strong growth in cargo throughput. Exports experienced 15% growth while transshipments also rose by 10% during the month. Amongst key trading regions, Europe recorded the most significant increase.
In the first seven months of 2017, passenger throughput and flight movements increased by 1.6% to 42.2 million and 1.2% to 242,840, respectively. Cargo volume at HKIA registered 11.3% year-on-year growth to 2.7 million tonnes.
On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 71 million passengers, 414,415 flight movements and 4.8 million tonnes of cargo, recording year-on-year increases of 0.9%, 0.5% and 9.5%, respectively.
Meanwhile, an online shopping platform developed by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) was launched in July. Named HKairport Shop, the platform allows passengers to shop online and collect their purchases from the three concierges at HKIA as soon as three hours after purchase, or have their purchases delivered to local addresses. Cissy Chan, Executive Director, Commercial of the AA said, “The brand new HKairport Shop offers a convenient, one-stop shopping solution for passengers, making every excursion pleasant and hassle free. Passengers can make orders even on their way to the airport, and would be free from carrying loads of bags all along the way. Currently, the platform offers a selection of packaged food items and airport exclusives. A wider variety of offers will be available soon in the coming months.”
On the other hand, bringing the festive summer atmosphere into the terminal, students and alumni of Extension and Continuing Education for Life of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts will stage Summer Grease Rock at the Meeters and Greeters Hall of the Arrivals Level from today until 23 August 2017.