Record traffic for HKIA

Record traffic for HKIA

HKIA handled a record 5.2m passengers in August 2012
HKIA handled a record 5.2m passengers in August 2012

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) saw another busy month in August, setting new records for both passenger traffic and aircraft movements for the second month in a row.

Boosted by strong demand during the summer holiday period, HKIA’s passenger numbers climbed 3.9% to reach a new high of 5.2 million. Flight movements hit a record of 30,470, up 5.2% year-on-year.

The growth in passenger traffic in August was primarily driven by a 7.0% increase in visitors over the year before, with traffic from Southeast Asia and Japan performing particularly well. The rise in aircraft movements included a new Air Astana service from Kazakhstan, which commenced last month.

“It is very encouraging to see both passenger traffic and flight movements reach new heights at HKIA. We anticipate a steady growth trend in coming months as travel usually peaks at the end of the year, and in particular, during major festivals or holidays such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day Golden Week,” said Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong.

For the first eight months of the year, HKIA handled 37.9m passengers, up 5.6%, while aircraft movements increased 5.4% to 232,245.

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