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HKIA Sees Steady Growth in Passenger Volume and Flight Movements in November

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Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded steady growth in passenger volume and flight movements in November. During the month, passenger traffic rose 8.8% year on year to 5.6 million, while flight movements increased by 3.2% to 33,980. Cargo throughput dropped by 3.1% to 407,000 tonnes, compared to the same month last year.

The growth in November passenger traffic was mainly driven by a 13% year-on-year growth in Hong Kong resident travel. Transfer/transit traffic and visitor traffic grew by 8% and 6% respectively. Passenger traffic to / from Japan and Taiwan recorded the most significant increase.pr1197_D4C8728

The decline in cargo was mainly due to a 6% year-on-year drop in transshipment and 4% drop in import, compared to the same month last year.  Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to / from the Mainland China and Southeast Asia registered the most significant drop in the month.

Vivian Cheung, Deputy Director, Airport Operations of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “As the year draws to an end, we expect to see a travel peak at HKIA during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Over the period, a total of 135 additional flights will be arranged by the airlines to cope with the surge in travel demand, with the most popular destinations being Taipei, Osaka and Sapporo.”

“To celebrate the joy of the season with passengers from around the world, HKIA has lined up a series of Christmas-themed activities and decorations this year. Magicians from Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan will surprise passengers with mystifying sleight of hand at the Meeters and Greeters Hall, while an instrumental flash mob performance adds to the gleeful festive spirit. Passengers at the Departures Hall will also be treated to flash mob A Cappella Christmas carols performed by students from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts,” added Mrs Cheung.

Since the beginning of 2015, HKIA has handled 62.5 million passengers and 370,610 flight movements, up 8.3% and 3.9%, respectively, from a year earlier. Cargo traffic remained flat at 4.0 million tonnes.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA has handled 68.2 million passengers, 4.38 million tonnes of cargo and 404,870 flight movements, marking year-on-year increases of 8.3%, 0.3% and 3.9%, respectively.

Programme of Christmas activities at HKIA

Meeters and Greeters Hall, Terminal 1
Christmas Caroling 12 – 13, 15 – 20 December 12:30pm – 6:00pm*
Instrumental Flash Mob 21 – 27 December 11:00am – 7:30pm
Magic Performance
(Magicians from Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan)
Meet & Greet the Santa Claus
Departures Hall, Terminal 1
Flash Mob of A Cappella Christmas Carols 21 – 27 December 12:00nn – 7:00pm
Meet & Greet the Santa Claus 11:00am – 8:00pm
Near Departure Gate 24 and 31, Level 6, Terminal 1
Weekend Kids Workshop of Christmas-themed Handicrafts Weekends of December 12:00nn – 6:00pm

*Performance times vary each day

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