Passenger volume and flight movements at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) continued to increase in January 2019.
During the month, HKIA handled 6.5 million passengers, representing year-on-year growth of six per cent, while flight movements increased 1.4 per cent to 36,530 compared to the same month last year.
The growth in passenger volume was mainly attributed to an eight per cent rise in transfer / transit traffic and a seven per cent increase in visitor traffic. Passenger traffic to and from mainland China and Japan recorded the most significant increases. Hong Kong resident travel also grew by two per cent during the month.
Airport Authority Hong Kong deputy director for service delivery, Steven Yiu said: “After seeing continued growth in passenger numbers in January, HKIA also experienced a busy Chinese New Year peak travel season.
“Between 5 February and 11 February, airlines scheduled more than 180 additional flights and served an average of 217,000 daily passengers. Thanks to the concerted efforts of the airport community, operations went smoothly during the period.”
On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume and flight movements grew by 3.1 per cent and 1.6 per cent to 75 million and 428,265, respectively.