Hong Kong International Airport passenger throughput up 7% in May

Hong Kong (HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT) - The surge of Chinese Mainland visitors during the Labour Day Golden Week holidays provided Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) with a strong impetus for continuous passenger growth.

Passenger throughput in May reached 3.5 million, up 7.0% from the same period last year. Boosted by the busy traffic, aircraft movements grew 7.4% to 23,260 over May 2005.

Last month also saw a steady growth of cargo throughput with a total of 283,000 tonnes, representing a 4.5% growth compared to the same month last year.

Airport Management Director of the Airport Authority Hong Kong Mr Howard Eng said, "For the first five months this year, passenger volume reached 17.7 million, representing a double digit increase over the same period last year. Continuous growth of passenger traffic was mainly driven by the steady growth of visitors from USA, Europe, South East Asia and Chinese Mainland. As summer holidays are approaching, we remain positive for passenger traffic."

Passenger throughput for the past 12 months amounted to 42.3 million, a year-on-year increase of 8.4%. Cargo volume and aircraft movements reached 3.5 million tonnes and 274,000, up 8.9% and 11.3% respectively.

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