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Traffic continues to rise at Hong Kong International Airport

Traffic through Hong Kong International Airport continued its upward trajectory in March with passengers numbers, aircraft movements and cargo volumes all rising on last year's figures.

In total, 6.6 million passengers (+4.8%), 35,060 aircraft movements (+2.2%) and 368,000 tonnes of cargo (+1.1%) passed through the airport in March compared to the same month a year ago.

Operator, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), claims that the growth in March passenger traffic was largely driven by Hong Kong resident travel, which registered 19% year-on-year growth over the same month last year.

Passenger traffic to and from Southeast Asia and North Asia recorded the most significant increases, says Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

The growth in cargo throughput last month was primarily due to 5% growth in exports and 3% growth in transshipments. Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to/from India and Australasia increased most significantly during the month.

C K Ng, executive director, Airport Operations of Airport Authority Hong Kong, says: “In March, HKIA was delighted to welcome the arrival of the first A350 aircraft, operated by Finnair between Hong Kong and Helsinki.

"This new generation aircraft is quieter, more energy efficient and environmental friendly.”
HK Cargo
HKIA has recently introduced a new Self Bag Drop service, which several local carriers – including Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and Hong Kong – have adapted for selected routes.

"HKIA strives to develop into a smart airport, leveraging advanced technologies to continuously enhance operational efficiency and passenger experience," adds Ng.

"The new service enables passengers to cut processing time by half as compared to queuing at traditional check-in counters."

As a result of the March upturn in traffic, HKIA handled 17.6 million passengers (+7.5%), 102,880 flight movements (+4%) in the first quarter of the year.

Cargo, howewver, remains 3.5% down on Q1 2015 with just 987,000 tonnes passing through the gateway.

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