Hong Kong Airport shows increase in pax, cargo in June

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Hong Kong International Airport. (PHOTO: Shutterstock)

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) on 16 July released traffic figures for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for June 2021. During the month, passenger volume increased by 40.1 percent year on year to 83,000 passengers, cargo throughput rose by 11.5 percent year on year to 399,000 tonnes, and flight movements increased by 10.9 percent to 11,050 compared to the same month last year.

The growth of cargo volume was mainly attributed to double-digit growth in both trans-shipments and imports compared to the same month last year. Exports also increased by 8 percent year on year. Cargo to and from Southeast Asia experienced the most significant increase during the month.

Due to the on-going COVID-19 situation, passenger traffic remained significantly below pre-pandemic levels recorded in 2019. The year-on-year increase in passenger traffic was mainly attributed to the low base for comparison. Traffic to and from Mainland China and Europe recorded significant increases. Over the first half of the year, HKIA handled 379,000 passengers and 62,820 flight movements, representing year-on-year decreases of 95.4 percent and 33.3 percent, respectively. Cargo throughput rose 11.9 percent to 2.3 million tonnes. On a 12-month rolling basis, passengers and flight movements declined 97.8 percent and 57.0 percent to 910,000 and 129,340, respectively. Cargo throughput saw an increase of 3.0 percent to 4.7 million tonnes.

The airport also announced it received the Triple Gold Award in the “Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2020/21” jointly organised by The Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited and the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, with the Equal Opportunities Commission as the independent advisor. The Triple Gold Award was granted to HKIA after its website attained the Scheme’s Gold Award for three consecutive years, achieving excellence in all 24 specified judging criteria covering layout and function.

Lily Lai, chief information officer of the Airport Authority, said, “We are honoured to receive this award in recognition of our dedicated efforts to make our website accessible. The user-friendly interface of HKIA’s website allows all passengers with different accessibility requirements to obtain information related to the airport. We will continue to enhance our digital platforms and optimise user experience for all our users.”

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