Corporate Traveller

Year off to a strong start for HKIA

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has started 2014 strongly with growth recorded across all three air traffic categories in January.

More than 5 million people have used the facility since the start of the year, representing a passenger volume increase of 11.1 per cent compared to the same period in 2013.

Cargo and flight movements experienced increases of 5.3 per cent and 7.9 per cent over the same period.

January saw passenger traffic to mainland China and Taiwan recording the most significant increases.

Resident traffic escalated 22 per cent compared with the same period of 2013, while visitor traffic experienced a rise of 11 per cent.

Airport Authority of Hong Kong CEO Stanley Hui Hon-chung said the data showed 2014 had started on a bright note for HKIA.

"From 28 January to 4 February, HKIA handled an average of 175,000 passengers and 1,060 flight movements per day, showing increases of 3 per cent and 4.5 per cent respectively when compared with the same holiday period last year," he said.

In December, HKIA set new daily and monthly records for cargo tonnage, as volume increased 6.6 per cent on the same month of the previous year.