Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reported another record-breaking month in April. During the month, passenger volume rose 8.8% year-on-year to 5.8 million, surpassing the previous monthly record made in August last year. Aircraft movements increased by 3.1% to 33,725, while cargo volume dropped slightly by 0.7% compared to the same month last year to 360,000 tonnes.
The growth in passenger traffic in April was mainly due to 13% year-on-year growth in transfer/transit traffic and 12% growth in Hong Kong resident traffic. Passenger traffic to/from Southeast Asia and North Asia recorded the most significant increases.
The decline in cargo throughput last month was mainly attributed to a 5% year-on-year drop in transshipments. Imports and exports both registered a 1% increase compared to the same month last year. Traffic to/from North America outperformed other key regions in the month.
Henry Ma, General Manager, Market and Connectivity Development of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, “We are pleased to share that AirAsia Zest began operations at HKIA earlier this month, providing four-times-a-week service to Manila. Etihad Airways will begin operating daily passenger flights to Abu Dhabi from mid-June, offering even greater convenience to travellers.”
“In addition to further expanding our flight network, HKIA has also recently extended upstream check-in services to Jiuzhou Port in Zhuhai, enhancing multi-modal connectivity throughout the Pearl River Delta (PRD)”, added Mr Ma. Passengers can now check in baggage and obtain boarding passes for departing flights at seven PRD ferry ports – including Dongguan Humen, Shenzhen Fuyong, Macao (Maritime Ferry Terminal), Macao (Taipa), Shenzhen Shekou, Zhongshan and Zhuhai Jiuzhou – before they arrive at SkyPier of HKIA.
For the first four months of 2015, passenger volume and cargo volume grew 8.8% and 1.9% year-on-year to 22.2 million and 1.4 million tonnes, respectively. Flight movements climbed 4.7% to 132,620.
On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA processed 65.1 million passengers and 4.4 million tonnes of cargo, representing increases of 6.6% and 4.9%, respectively. Flight movements grew 4.6% over the same period last year to 396,985.