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Hong Kong enjoys May traffic growth

Hong Kong International Airport has reported steady traffic growth for the month of May.

Passenger volumes for the month rose by 12.1% to 5.8 million, while aircraft movements increased by 4.2% to 34,115 compared to the same period a year ago.

Cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), however, experienced a slight 0.3% yearly drop to 366,000 tonnes.

Accordingto operator Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), the May upturn in passenger traffic was mainly due to 18% year-on-year growth in both transfer/transit traffic and Hong Kong resident traffic.

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

The slight decline in cargo throughput last month was mainly attributed to a 2% year-on-year drop in exports.

Imports and transshipments both registered a 1% increase compared to the same month last year.

Traffic to/from North America outperformed other key regions during the month.

Health & Safety

Vivian Cheung, AAHK's deputy director of airport operations, said, “To tackle the health risks arising from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak in South Korea, HKIA has implemented a series of contingency measures to facilitate centralised temperature checking by the Port Health Office. 

All arriving passenger flights from South Korea will be directed to designated parking stands, and passengers will go through temperature screening immediately upon entering the terminal.


"We have stepped up cleaning work at the Southwest Concourse, South Apron Passenger Vehicle entry gate and the air bridges. 

"Announcements regarding prevention of infectious diseases are being made at the terminals and through flight information display systems. 

"To keep the airport community abreast of the latest developments in infectious diseases, we have arranged briefing sessions and distributed guidelines in conjunction with the Port Health Office."

Since the start of the year, HKIA has welcomed 27.9 million passengers, 1.7 million tonnes of cargo and 166,745 aircraft movements, marking year-on-year increases of 9.5%, 1.4% and 4.6%, respectively.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA has served 65.8 million passengers and handled 398,380 aircraft movements, with both figures increasing year-on-year by 6.9% and 4.5%, respectively. Cargo tonnage increased by 4.1% to 4.4 million tonnes over the same period.


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