Hong Kong pax traffic remains ‘significantly lower’

Hong Kong International Airport. (PHOTO: Shutterstock)

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) recently announced the traffic figures of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for May 2022. During the month, HKIA handled 170,000 passengers, representing a year-on-year increase of 186.1 percent, although passenger volume remained significantly lower than the pre-pandemic levels. Cargo throughput and flight movements recorded 365,000 tonnes and 10,440, respectively, representing decreases of 9.7 percent and 4.0 percent compared to the same month in 2021.

The rise in passengers during the month was driven primarily by growth in visitor and Hong Kong resident traffic following the relaxation of inbound travel measures. Passenger traffic to and from Southeast Asia experienced the most significant increases. The continuing geopolitical tensions in Europe and disruptions to global supply chains caused by the pandemic led to the overall decline in cargo volume.  Exports decreased by 15 percent year-on-year. Cargo traffic to and from key trading regions in Europe and North America registered the most significant drops.

Over the first five months of the year, passenger volume increased by 84.5 percent to 547,000. Cargo throughput and flight movements dropped by 8 percent and 1.5 percent to 1.8 million tonnes and 50,975, respectively. On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger and cargo volume increased by 80.7 percent and 4.3 percent to 1.6 million and 4.9 million tonnes, respectively. Flight movements rose by 12.3 percent to 144,020.

Meanwhile, AAHK received the Grand Award at the Customer Service Excellence Awards, along with eight other recognitions across various categories offered by the Hong Kong Association for Customer Service Excellence. The multiple distinctions were given to AAHK’s initiatives ranging from innovative projects to outstanding team and individual efforts.

Vivian Cheung, Executive Director, Airport Operations of AAHK, said, “We are honoured to receive these awards, which reflect our staff’s caring attitude and dedication to meeting our passengers’ needs. I am also delighted that our innovations in passenger services are being recognised. We will continue to enhance passenger experience by providing professional and high-quality services at HKIA.”

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