The Airport Authority of Hong Kong (AA) said 2020 air traffic figures for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) fell dramatically due to the impact of COVID-19. The airport handled handled a total of 8.8 million passengers and 160,655 flights, which represent year-on-year decreases of 87.7 percent and 61.7 percent, respectively. Total cargo throughput at HKIA in 2020 remained relatively stable at 4.5 million tonnes, a year-on-year decline of 7 percent. The airport handled 68,660 cargo flights during the year, an 18.3 percent surge compared to 2019.
In the month of December 2020, HKIA saw a 0.2 percent year-on-year drop in cargo handled to 443,000 tonnes. The airport registered passenger volume and flight movements of 90,000 and 12,650, which represent decreases of 98.4 percent and 62.8 percent, respectively, compared to the same month in 2019.
Travel demand remained weak in December as a result of the continuous COVID-19 pandemic. During the month, passenger traffic decreased significantly compared to the same month last year in all categories, namely Hong Kong residents, visitors and transfer/ transit passengers.
Vivian Cheung, executive director for airport operations for the AA, said, “the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause grave impacts on the airport community, particularly on passenger traffic. The AA is deeply grateful for the community’s dedication and resilience in these difficult times, including adapting to new travel requirements, adjusting operations to fluctuating passenger numbers, and implementing new health measures to ensure the safety of staff and passengers. In 2021, we will continue to work closely with the airport community in managing the continuing challenges and prepare for the recovery of passenger traffic when the pandemic subsides.”