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HKIA Stages Christmas Festive Performances Steady Increases in Passenger Throughput and Flight Movements Recorded in November

2018/12/16

HKIA has decked the terminals with Christmas decorations.
Students from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, members of the airport community, primary and secondary schools, and other organisations take to the stage with amazing Christmas shows.
Santa Mama and students from Braemar Hill Nursery School delight passengers with a series of Christmas classics.

(HONG KONG, 16 December 2018)  –  Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) celebrates the seasonal joy with Christmas decorations and an array of festive activities at the terminals. Starting from 15 December, various spots in the terminal will turn into stages for festive performance to delight passengers from around the world.

To kick-off the festive activities, choral group “Santa Mama” joined hands with students from Braemar Hill Nursery School to perform a series of classic Christmas carols at Meeters & Greeters Hall. Other activities during the holiday season include performances by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, members of the airport community, primary and secondary schools, and other organisations.

The festive activities started as the airport enters a peak travel period. C K Ng, Executive Director, Airport Operations of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), said, “We expect a travel peak at HKIA during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Over this period, airlines will arrange a total of 108 additional flights to cope with the surge in travel demand. The most popular destinations are Sapporo, Taipei and Nagoya. We will work with our business partners and the airport community to ensure smooth operations during the holiday season.”

Meanwhile, HKIA reported steady growth in passenger volume in November, handling six million passengers with a year-on-year increase of 1%. Flight movements increased by 1.5% to 35,445 compared to the same month last year, while cargo and airmail throughput decreased slightly by 2% to 466,000 tonnes.

Visitor traffic, which registered 4% year-on-year growth over the same month last year, was the main contributor to the steady increase in passenger traffic during November. Hong Kong resident travel also grew, increasing 2% during the month. Passenger traffic to and from Japan and North America recorded the most significant increases.

On the cargo front, HKIA saw 3% and 4% drops in imports and exports, respectively. Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to and from Europe and mainland China decreased the most during November. Transshipments, however, recorded moderate growth of 3%.

Over the first 11 months of the year, HKIA handled 68.2 million passengers and 4.7 million tonnes of cargo and airmail, representing year-on-year increases of 2.6% and 2.2%, respectively. Flight movements increased by 1.7% to 390,625 compared to the same period in 2017.

On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 74.6 million passengers with a year-on-year increase of 2.7%. Cargo and airmail throughput increased 2.5% to 5.1 million tonnes, while flight movements rose 1.8% to 427,270.

HKIA’s extensive network has further expanded with new air services. Passenger airline IndiGO started operations from 10 December, offering six weekly flights to and from Bangalore. In addition, Thai AirAsia launched a new route to and from Krabi with thrice-weekly service starting on 2 December.

Schedule of 2018 Christmas performances and events at HKIA:

Date

Programme

Location

15 Dec

Singing performance by Santa Mama and students from Braemar Hill Nursery School

 

Central Access, Meeters & Greeters Hall, Level 5, Terminal 1

15-20 Dec

Christmas Carols

 

21-26 Dec

Quick Change Performance and Santa Claus Meet & Greet

 

21-26 Dec

 

Christmas Acapella and Santa Claus Meet & Greet

Central Concourse, Level 6, Terminal 1

 

21-26 Dec

Roving Performance and Santa Claus Meet & Greet

Central Node, Level 6, Midfield Concourse

 

21 Dec -

5 Jan 2019

 

Christmas Ambience Light Show

Central Concourse, Level 6, Terminal 1

 

24-25 Dec

 

Santa Claus Meet & Greet

Level 3 & Level 5, Terminal 2

 


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