Aircraft Movements, Cross-boundary Land and Sea Traffic Set Record Monthly Highs
(HONG KONG, 19 September 2010) – Benefiting from robust demand during the traditional summer peak season, aircraft movements at Hong Kong International Airport in August reached a monthly high of 27,135, up 14.5% from a year ago and setting a new daily average record of 880.
During the month, passenger and cargo volumes continued their upswings, registering year-on-year growth of 9.2% and 17% respectively to 4.7 million and 346,000 tonnes.
For the passenger market, Hong Kong residents and visitors registered double-digit year-on-year growth in August, increasing 19% and 12% respectively. Passenger traffic to/ from the Chinese Mainland and South East Asia continued to perform particularly well among all major regions.
Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, "In August we saw not just robust air traffic, but also strong demand for cross-boundary land and sea transport at HKIA, which both set a record monthly high. The number of passengers using the SkyPier ferry terminal to travel between the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region and HKIA was 227,000, which is 33% more than the same period last year. Also, 163,000 passengers used cross-boundary coach and limousine services, which is a 41% increase over last August. These figures further affirm HKIA's status as a multi-modal transport hub and a preferred gateway to the Mainland with great connectivity to the PRD region."
Mr Hui added, "We anticipate the coming months to continue seeing growth as travel usually peaks at year-end, and in particular, during major festivals or holidays such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day Golden Week holidays."
Cargo growth in August was mainly driven by the strong performance of exports, which surged by 29% year on year. All major trading partners showed double-digit annual growth, with Europe and North America continuing to outperform other regions. During the month, imports also saw year-on-year growth of 12%.
For the first eight months of this year, HKIA has handled a cumulative total of 33.9 million passenger trips and 2.7 million tonnes of cargo, representing growth of 10.3% and 30.9%. Air traffic movements also grew by 7.3% to 198,775.
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