Date
23 July 2017
Hong Kong international airport handlded 4.38 million tons of cargo last year, up slightly from 2014, but it posted huge increases in flight frequencies and passenger traffic. Photo: CNSA
Hong Kong international airport handlded 4.38 million tons of cargo last year, up slightly from 2014, but it posted huge increases in flight frequencies and passenger traffic. Photo: CNSA

Hong Kong airport seen extending winning run

Hong Kong airport is expected to continue a record-breaking run after setting new marks in passenger traffic, flights and cargo volume last year.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 68.5 million passengers last year, up 8.1 percent from 2014, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Flights increased 3.8 percent to 406,000 while cargo volume was up 0.1 percent to 4.38 million tons.

HKIA chief executive Fred Lam expects passenger traffic to expand 4-6 percent in 2016 and cargo throughput to rise moderately.

Lam said the airport will soon reach its full designed capacity of 420,000 flights a year and called for speedy construction of a third runway.

He said a third runway is the only long-term solution to increasing demand for airport services.  

In October, HKIA opened a HK$10 billion (US$1.28 billion) middle terminal, adding 20 aircraft berths.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong is building its longest underwater tunnel to link Tuen Mun and Chek Lap Kok island, where the airport is located, to ease road traffic on the Tsing Ma Bridge route.

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