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HK airport posts new high in passenger throughput

08-16-2010 09:29 BJT

Hong Kong International Airport said Friday its passenger throughput and aircraft movements in July were up 17.5 percent and 14.7 percent from a year earlier, reaching new monthly highs of 4.7 million and 26,720, respectively.

Cargo tonnage in July also jumped 24.5 percent year-on-year to 363,000, it said.

Passenger traffic to and from the Chinesemainland and Southeast Asia performed particularly well last month. Overall visitor number registered a 29-percent increase in July, while Hong Kong resident traffic rose 21 percent year-on-year.

On the air cargo front, exports, especially those to North America and Europe, continued to be the dominant growth driver, surging 36 percent from a year earlier. Import and transshipment volume also saw year-on-year growth of 23 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

Stanley Hui, chief of Hong Kong's Airport Authority, said the market rebound during the summer holiday travel season had been particularly strong.

"July saw a high average load factor of close to 80 percent for passenger flights at Hong Kong International Airport. To meet increased demand, carriers have been active in adding more flights, launching new destinations, or restoring flights that had been suspended during the financial crisis."

"All these increased aviation activities will further strengthen the airport's position as an international and regional aviation center," he said.

Hong Kong International Airport has retained its position as the world's busiest international cargo airport for the 14th consecutive year.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Global Times

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