Hong Kong International Airport claims to have made an "encouraging" start to 2011 following double-figit traffic growth in January.
The airport handled 4.3 million passengers (+10%), 333,000 tonnes of cargo (+10.8%) and 27,410 aircraft movements (+16.9%) during the month.
Operator, Airport Authority of Hong Kong (AAHK) claims that gateway's soaring passenger numbers was driven by visitor traffic and Hong Kong resident travel.
Passenger traffic to and from South East Asia and the Mainland also performed particularly well. During the month, transfe /transit passengers grew by 6% year-on-year.
Meanwhile, the robust performance in export and trans-shipment, which increased by 11% and 16% respectively compared to the same month in 2010, resulted in the double-digit increase in cargo volume last month.
Imports grew by 8% year-on-year in the month. North America and Europe carried on the strong momentum with double-digit year-on-year growth.
AAHK CEO, Stanley Hui Hon-chung, says: "I am glad to see the encouraging air traffic figures in the first month of this year. In addition, more and more of our passengers use the cross-boundary sea and land transport services to and from HKIA and the Pearl River Delta region, strengthening HKIA as a preferred gateway to the Mainland."
Over 190,000 passengers used the SkyPier service in January, making a 20% year-on-year increase.
About 160,000 passengers took mainland coaches and limousines to cross the border, growing more than 40% over the same period last year.
"Passenger volume and aircraft movement figures continued to rise over the Chinese New Year (CNY) period, and a new daily record of more than 170,000 passengers was set on 7 February. During the period between 2-8 February, the airport handled nearly 1.1 million passengers and over 6,100 air traffic movements, up 3.8% and 7.7% from the CNY period last year," adds Hui.
On a rolling 12-month basis, the airport handled 51.3 million passengers and more than 4.1 million tonnes of cargo, an increase of 11.3% and 21.1% over the same period last year.