Hong Kong airport registers decline in passenger, cargo volume in restless 2019

HONG KONG (Xinhua) – The passenger volume and cargo throughput the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled in 2019 decreased by 4.2 per cent and 6.1 per cent respectively compared with the previous year, the Airport Authority Hong Kong said yesterday.

HKIA handled 71.5 million passengers and 419,730 flight movements in 2019. The figures represent decreases of 4.2 per cent in passenger volume and 1.9 per cent in flight movements respectively compared to 2018.

Total cargo throughput declined 6.1 per cent year on year to 4.8 million tonnes.

HKIA registered 33,990 flight movements in December 2019, an 8.4 per cent year-on-year decrease. Passenger volume declined 12.5 per cent to 5.7 million while cargo throughput decreased slightly by one per cent to 443,000 tonnes compared to December 2018.

Passenger volume continued to be affected by weak visitor traffic in December 2019, the airport authority said, adding that passenger figures to and from the Chinese mainland and Southeast Asia experienced the most significant decreases during the month.

Exports saw a three per cent year-on-year increase in December 2019 while imports and transshipments both remained weak.

Vivian Cheung, executive director of airport operations for the airport authority, said, “Looking ahead, we will continue to enhance the airport’s facilities to improve the passenger experience at HKIA even more.”

Stranded passengers are seen at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong. PHOTO: XINHUA