HKIA Cargo Volume Sees Double-digit Growth in May
18-Jun-2017 The strong growth of cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) continued in May, with the volume of cargo handled seeing a sharp year-on-year increase of 12.9% to 409,000 tonnes. During the month, passenger volume and flight movements also increased by 2.5% to 6 million and 3% to 35,415 respectively when compared to the same month last year.
Exports continued to be the main driver behind strong cargo growth. In May, exports recorded robust year-on-year growth of 21%. Amongst the key trading regions, Europe and North America increased most significantly.
During the first five months of 2017, cargo volume at HKIA registered 11.3% year-on-year growth to 1.9 million tonnes. Passenger throughput and flight movements increased by 1.5% to 29.8 million and 0.6% to 171,960 respectively.
On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 71 million passengers, 412,525 flight movements and 4.71 million tonnes of cargo, recording year-on-year increases of 1.5%, 0.5% and 8.5%, respectively.
Meanwhile, the airport’s efforts in sustainable development were recently recognised with the Gold Award in the Public Service category at the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence. Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) is praised for its effort in managing carbon emission and food recycling.
Wilson Fung, Executive Director, Corporate Development of AA said, “We are glad to receive this prestigious and reputable award. The AA works closely with our business partners on initiatives towards a sustainable aviation industry while simultaneously operating a world-class efficient airport. Some examples include the use of fixed ground power and pre-conditioned air units for aircraft at parking stands for reducing carbon emission, as well as collaborating with Food Angel to collect surplus food from restaurants and other organisations at HKIA to reduce food waste. We will continue to introduce new and innovative environmental initiative, with a view to becoming one of the greenest airports in the world.”