Passenger Throughput at HKIA Increased 10.3% in June

Hong Kong (HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT) - The growth of passenger throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) remained robust in June with a total of 3.6 million passengers passing through the airport, representing a year-on-year increase of 10.3%. Boosted by the busy traffic, June's aircraft movements grew by 7.4% from last year, reaching 22,910.

Passenger traffic for the first quarter of FY 2006/07 ended June 2006 also recorded a double-digit growth to 11 million, representing a strong 10.5% increase compared to the same period last year.

Cargo throughput grew steadily last month with total tonnage reached 290,000 tonnes, up 3.6% when compared to the same month last year.

Commenting on last month's air traffic performance, Airport Management Director of the Airport Authority Hong Kong Mr Howard Eng said, "Visitor traffic is the major source to fuel the impressive passenger growth, in particular those from the Chinese Mainland and Southeast Asia. We are confident that the strong growth momentum will continue as passenger throughput is building up to the summer peak."

Passenger expectation grows alongside rise in passenger traffic. HKIA spares no effort to enrich the choices of services, destinations and frequencies so as to meet the growing passenger demand. Saudi Arabian Airlines which has operated air cargo service at HKIA since 2002 launched a new weekly passenger service between Hong Kong and Riyadh via Manila on 15 July.

Over a rolling 12-month period from July 2005 to June 2006, passenger throughput reached 42.6 million, a year-on-year increase of 8.7%. Cargo volume and aircraft movements rose by 8.2% and 11% respectively, amounting to 3.5 million tonnes and 275,500.

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