Overseas travel during Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday boosted January's passenger throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to a total of 3.5 millions, a 15.9% increase over the same month last year.
Around 500 additional passenger flights were added over CNY holiday period from January 24 to February 9, with Taipei, Bangkok, Seoul and Sapporo being the most popular destinations. Average daily passenger throughput within the period increased by 9% over the same period last year to 127, 000.
Air cargo continued to experience healthy growth in the month with the total throughput rising by 10.5% over last January to 273, 000 tonnes.
The robust air traffic growth has stimulated demand for aviation fuel, resulting in continuous growth in its consumption at HKIA. Airport Authority Hong Kong's Commercial Director Hans Bakker said, "The average consumption of aviation fuel has reached 14,700,000 litres per day in 2005, up 44% over the past seven years. It is estimated that the demand for aviation fuel will increase by at least 7% in 2006."
He added, "It is crucial for us to have sufficient and timely supply of aviation fuel to sustain the growth of the airport and Hong Kong."
All three air traffic categories witnessed encouraging growth over a rolling 12-month period. Both passenger throughput and aircraft movements recorded more than 10% year-on-year growth, amounting to around 41 millions and 266, 000 movements respectively. The air cargo figure also grew 9% to about 3.4 millions.
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