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Daily flight movements hit new record at Hong Kong Airport on 22-Dec-2012

28-Dec-2012 8:18 AM

Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) stated (24-Dec-2012) a total of 1081 flight movements were handled at Hong Kong International Airport on 22-Dec-2012, setting a new daily record. The 1081 flight movements broke the previous single-day record of 1057 flight movements set on 20-Jan-2012 and exceeded the daily average of 957 movements recorded in 2012 by around 13%. Moreover, 579 flight movements also operated through the Hong Kong Flight Information Region on 22-Dec-2012, making up a total of 1660 flights handled by the CAD within the 24-hour period. The strong growth was registered in air traffic operating both at the Hong Kong International Airport and through the Hong Kong Flight Information Region. In the past 12 months, a total of 351,336 aircraft movements were handled at the airport and 202,179 aircraft movements operated through the Hong Kong Flight Information Region. They represented respective increases of 5.3% and 10.5% year-on-year respectively. The increase in flight movements was also attributed to the demand during the Christmas holidays. Most of the extra services operated by airlines were to destinations in Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia. Taipei was the most popular destination, followed by Seoul and Manila. [more - original PR]