Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded 13.3 percent growth in passenger volume in January compared to the same month last year, with the monthly number coming in at 5.9 million.
Flight movements were up 5.4 percent at 35,195 compared to a year earlier, while cargo volume reached 361,000 tons, up 1.5 percent, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday, citing data posted on the airport operator’s website.
The flight movements on Feb. 6, two days prior to the Lunar New Year, amounted to a record 1,227.
The year-on-year growth in passenger traffic last month was mainly driven by a 17 percent growth in travel by Hong Kong residents.
Visitor and transfer or transit traffic also saw robust growth, at 13 percent and 11 percent respectively.
Passenger traffic to or from Southeast Asia and mainland China recorded the most significant increases, according to the Airport Authority (AA).
“The strong momentum in passenger traffic continued during the Chinese New Year holiday, with an average of over 200,000 daily passengers recorded from Feb. 6 to 13,” said Ng Chi-kee, executive director overseeing airport operations at AA.
HKIA’s extensive flight network also continued to expand with the addition of a new destination, Australia’s Gold Coast, he said.
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