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Traffic at Hong Kong on the rise as it prepares for Chinese New Year

Hong Kong International Airport has taken time out from its preprations for the Chinese New Year to announce a 1.8% upturn in passenger traffic during January 2015. 

The upturn is doubly impressive as the Chinese New Year, traditionally one of its busiest times of the year, fell in January last year.

In total, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 5.2 million passengers (+1.8%), 33,385 aircraft movements (+2.1%) and 356,000 tonnes of cargo (+1.6%) during the month.  

Operator, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) reveals that the growth in passenger numbers was mainly driven by 12% year-on-year growth in transfer/transit traffic.

Passenger traffic to/from North Asia and Southeast Asia recorded the most significant increases.

The growth in cargo throughput last month was driven by imports and trans-shipments, which were up 10% and 7%, respectively, from a year ago. 

During the month, cargo throughput to/from North America and Southeast Asia increased most significantly compared to other key regions.

Vivian Cheung, deputy director of airport operations at Airport Authority Hong Kong, says: "With the full co-operation of the airport community, HKIA is prepared for the traffic peak during the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays. 

"This year, the airport will handle over 650 additional flights during the Chinese New Year period, with Bangkok, Bali and Phuket being the most popular destinations for these additional flights.”

To celebrate the festive season, HKIA claims that it will launch a range of activities to "delight and entertain passengers".

They will include traditional lion dances, face changing and musical performances while Chinese New Year decorations will liven up the terminal buildings.

It says that the 'God of fortune' will also greet travellers in Terminal 1 to take instant photos with visitors and hand out Chinese New Year gifts to share blessings of luck and good fortune.

On a rolling 12-month basis, flight movements registered a year-on-year increase of 4.6%, amounting to 391,655 movements. Passenger traffic rose 5% to 63.4 million, while cargo volume showed an increase of 1.6% to 356,000 tonnes during the month.  

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