HKIA Sets New Records in March

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has announced that Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) set new single-day records of approximately 200,000 passengers and 1,172 aircraft movements on March 29, the first day of the Easter holiday.  Altogether, passenger volume for the month increased by 8% to five million, while aircraft movements rose by 3.2% to 30,540 year-on-year.  Cargo throughput decreased by 2.2% to 360,000 tonnes.
The authority says that the growth was mainly driven by Hong Kong resident traffic, which registered an 18% increase over March 2012.  Passenger traffic to and from South East Asia and mainland China outperformed other regions.
AAHK attributed the decline in cargo to the 7% year-on-year drop in exports.  Imports recorded a slight decline, while transhipments registered a 7% increase compared to the same month last year.
Stanley Hui Hon-chung, CEO of AAHK, commented:  “The first quarter of 2013 ended with record-breaking traffic figures, and the fact that the airport broke its single-day record passengers twice in two months is especially noteworthy.
“With the declared runway capacity of HKIA further increased to 64 flights per hour in the summer schedule, the average number of daily scheduled flights has reached 1,037.  This level of activity is inevitably going to pose challenges particularly in respect of parking stands, but together with our business partners, we will continue to operate according to the highest safety standards and deliver world-class service for all our travellers.”
In the first quarter of 2013, passenger traffic rose 5.2% year-on-year to 14.3 million.  Cargo volume increased 1.3% to 942,000 tonnes, while flight movements rose 3.9% to 88,495.
(Image:  HKIA)