Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded double-digit growth in all three air traffic categories in the first month of 2011. During January, passenger volume surged to 4.3 million and cargo throughput reached 333,000 tonnes, up 10.0% and 10.8% year-on-year respectively. Air traffic movements also grew by 16.9% over last January to 27,410.
The growth in passenger traffic in January was mainly driven by visitor traffic and Hong Kong resident travel. Passenger traffic to and from South East Asia and the Mainland performed particularly well. During the month, transfer / transit passengers grew by 6% year-on-year.
Meanwhile, the robust performance in export and transshipment, 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. Import 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.
Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, "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," Mr Hui added.
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. Aircraft movements also reported an increase of 11.4%, amounting to 310,500.