Hong Kong International Airport reported (15-Sep-2013) an 8.2% year-on-year increase in passenger numbers to 5.6 million and a 6.3% increase in aircraft movements to 32,395 in Aug-2013, setting new passenger traffic and flight movement records for the second consecutive month. Cargo volume increased 2.7% to 337,000 tonnes. The growth in passenger traffic was driven mainly by visitor and Hong Kong resident traffic, which increase 8% and 13%, respectively. Passenger traffic to/from mainland China and Southeast Asia also performed particularly well. Airport Authority Hong Kong CEO Stanley Hui noted SkyPier also set a new monthly record in Aug-2013, serving more than 278,000 passengers, an increase of 4.8%. Mr Hui also noted cargo traffic at Hong Kong Airport continued to outperform the rest of the world, and has maintained growth for five consecutive months despite the challenging global economic situation. [more - original PR]
Airport Authority Hong Kong: “Recent economic data suggests a slow recovery in manufacturing activities in China, as well as trade with key trading partners. Shipping freight rates have increased on some routes with rising demand expected over the coming seasonal peak months. We therefore remain cautiously optimistic regarding cargo performance in the near future," Stanley Hui, CEO. Source: Company statement, 15-Sep-2013.