Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) achieved new monthly records in passenger traffic and flight movements in July breaking the previous records set in the same month a year ago.
During the month, passenger volume grew to 6.7 million, representing a year-on-year (YOY) increase of 2.2 per cent, while flight movements climbed 1.1 per cent over the same period last year to 36,685.
The growth in passenger traffic was mainly contributed by Hong Kong resident travel, which saw an eight per cent YOY growth over the same month last year. Overall passenger traffic to/from Mainland China, Europe and Japan recorded the most significant increases.
During the first seven months of 2018, passenger traffic increased YOY by 3.1 per cent, reaching 43.6 million. On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 74.2 million passengers, YOY growth of 4.2 per cent.
Meanwhile, HKIA is expecting the launch of a new belly airline that it said will broaden the airport’s extensive network even further.
Airport Authority Hong Kong general manager for airport and industry collaboration, Michael Yuen said, “We are delighted to welcome EgyptAir, a new addition to HKIA’s operating airlines, which will offer twice-weekly flights to and from Cairo via Bangkok starting from 18 September.
“The service will be further increased to three times per week from 28 October. We hope passengers enjoy the new service to this historic country, and we look forward to welcoming more new airlines adding even more destinations in the future.”