The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) saw another busy month in October, with cargo tonnage and aircraft movements breaking new monthly records for the second and third time respectively this year, according to a release by the airport Sunday.
Fuelled by burgeoning demand, the HKIA handled 373,000 tons of cargo in October, up by 15.5 percent compared to the same period last year. Aircraft movements registered year-on-year growth of 13. 7 percent to reach 27,195, the release said.
"The HKIA moved the largest volumes of cargo in the first three quarters of this year when compared to all other airports worldwide," said Stanley Hui Hon-chung, chief executive officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong.
During the month, the airport also saw a continuous upward trend in passenger traffic and recorded a double-digit growth of 11.9 percent, reaching 4.4 million.
The growth in passenger traffic for the month was mainly driven by transfer/transit and visitors traffic which saw a rise of 17 percent and 14 percent respectively from a year ago. Passenger traffic in all key regions recorded double-digit year-on-year growth and the Mainland continued to be the best performer.
Cargo tonnage growth was driven by robust export and transshipment, both of which registered a yearly increase of 18 percent compared to the same month last year. Import increased by 8 percent year-on-year in the month. Traffic to/from key consumption markets in North America and Europe continued its strong momentum with double-digit year-on-year growth.
Hui believed the new records indicate a strong start to the fourth quarter and the rebound in cargo throughput has been particularly strong.
"The recently extended New Destination Incentive Arrangement ( NDIA) will continue to provide a great incentive for airlines to open new routes to new destinations," he added.