Hong Kong International Airport recorded significant growth in passenger throughput and flight movements in July, setting new monthly records in these two air traffic categories.
Monthly passenger volume rose 3.3 percent from the same month last year to 6.5 million, while flight movements climbed 3 percent to 36,270. Already the world’s No.1 cargo airport, HKIA handled 11 percent more cargo than a year ago to 422,000 tons.
Hong Kong resident travel and transfer/transit travellers both grew by 5 percent year on year in July, driving HKIA’s passenger traffic growth. Japan continued to be the major contributor to the growth, while Europe and North America also recorded significant increases.
Coinciding with an improvement in global trade, exports continued to lead the strong growth in cargo throughput. Exports experienced 15 percent growth while transshipments also rose by 10 percent during the month. Among key trading regions, Europe recorded the most significant increase.
In the first seven months of 2017, passenger throughput and flight movements increased by 1.6 percent to 42.2 million and 1.2 percent to 242,840, respectively. Cargo volume registered 11.3 percent year on year growth to 2.7 million tons.
On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 71 million passengers, 414,415 flight movements and 4.8 million tons of cargo.
A slew of ongoing expansion projects have been revved up.
Following the inauguration of the third passenger terminal, the 78,000 square meter Mid-field Concourse located between the two runways, the 570,000 sqm Terminal 1 will see the addition of several new boarding gates tailored for widebody jets. A monster “airbridge” spanning over the tarmac is also planned for seamless connection between T1 and the North Satellite Concourse.
The 120,000 sqm Terminal 2 will be more than doubled to 300,000 sqm as part of the third runway masterplan, which will expand the current airport island by 50 percent, and add a fourth, 283,000 sqm terminal complex on the reclaimed land. When finished, the Hong Kong airport can handle a total of 100 million passengers per year by 2030.
Hotel, office and shopping mall developments compassing 25 hectares of land at the northern end of the airport island is also under way.
Meanwhile, an online shopping platform developed by Airport Authority was launched in July.
Named HKairport Shop, the platform allows passengers to shop online and collect their purchases from the three concierges at HKIA as soon as three hours after purchase, or have their purchases delivered to local addresses.
Cissy Chan, executive director, Commercial of the Airport Authority said: “The brand-new HKairport Shop offers a convenient, one-stop shopping solution for passengers, making every excursion pleasant and hassle free. Passengers can make orders even on their way to the airport, and would be free from carrying loads of bags all along the way. Currently, the platform offers a selection of packaged food items and airport exclusives. A wider variety of offers will be available soon in the coming months.”
On the other hand, bringing the festive summer atmosphere into the terminal, students and alumni of Extension and Continuing Education for Life of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts will stage Summer Grease Rock at the meeters and greeters hall of the arrivals level from Monday until Aug. 23.
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