Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) recently announced that Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 71.5 million passengers and 419,730 flight movements in 2019. The figures represent decreases of 4.2% in passenger volume and 1.9% in flight movements, respectively, compared to 2018. Total cargo throughput declined 6.1% year on year to 4.8 million tonnes.
Despite the challenging business environment, HKIA continued to receive awards in recognition of their services, being named “Freighter Hub of the Year 2019” at the Cargo Airline of the Year awards organised by Air Cargo News.
During the past year, HKIA’s extensive air network was expanded by 17 new destinations – including Beijing Daxing International Airport, Borg El Arab, Dover Cheswold, Doncaster, Guwahati, Hefei, Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Jieyang, Labuan, Nagasaki, Niigata, Phu Quoc, Puerto Princesa, Shimojishima, Yangzhou, Yekaterinburg and Yinchuan.
HKIA registered 33,990 flight movements in December 2019, an 8.4% year-on-year decrease. Passenger volume declined 12.5% to 5.7 million while cargo throughput decreased slightly by 1% to 443,000 tonnes compared to December 2018.
Exports saw a 3% year-on-year increase in December 2019 while imports and transshipments both remained weak. Amongst key trading regions, cargo exported to Europe, India and Japan contributed the most growth.