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Hong Kong reports growth across traffic categories

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded growth in all three traffic categories in September.

Monthly passenger figures climbed 4.8% from the previous year to five million, while cargo volume registered 5.2% year-on-year growth to 364,000 tonnes, and aircraft movements rose by 5.1% to 31,995 in the same period.

The growth in traveller traffic in September was mainly driven by an 8% year-on-year growth in Hong Kong resident traffic, and traffic to/from North Asia and North America recorded the most significant increases.

The increase in cargo throughput last month was principally mainly by transshipments, which were up 18% from 2013, and during September, cargo throughput to/from Southeast Asia and North America surged most significantly compared to other key regions.

Fred Lam, CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong, says: “In addition to the growth in air traffic figures, we have seen an increase in cross-boundary traffic at HKIA during the National Day Golden Week in early October.

“We are delighted to have achieved new daily records of over 11,600 passengers using SkyPier ferry services and over 10,500 passengers using cross-boundary limousine and coach services to the Pearl River Delta on October 1 and October 7, respectively.”

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Lam continues: "During the upcoming winter flight schedule, which starts at the end of the month, our airport will be handling a maximum 66 flight movements per hour and 1,110 scheduled flights daily.

“By then, the airport will be operating very close to its practical maximum capacity. With a concerted effort of the entire airport community, we will continue to uphold the highest levels of safety, efficiency and service quality while serving an ever-increasing volume of travellers."

For the first three quarters of 2014, HKIA handled a total of 47.2 million passengers, 3.2 million tonnes of cargo and 290,125 aircraft movements, representing year-on-year gains of 5.4%, 6.7% and 5.2%, respectively.

On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume rose by 5.7% from a year earlier to 62.3 million, while cargo volume increased 6.1% to 4.3 million tonnes, and aircraft movements surged 5.5% year-on-year to 386,505.

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