(June 20, 2022, 10:31+07)
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 170,000 passengers in May 2022, an increase of 186.1% year-on-year, although passenger volume remained significantly below pre-pandemic levels.
Cargo throughput and flight movements during the month recorded 365,000 tonnes and 10,440 tonnes respectively, representing decreases of 9.7% and 4% compared to May 2021.
The increase in passenger numbers during the month was mainly driven by growth in visitor arrivals and traffic from Hong Kong residents following the easing of measures on inbound travel. Passenger traffic to and from Southeast Asia saw the largest increases.
Cathay Pacific Cargo B747F taking off from HKIA. Photo by Steven Howard from TravelNewsAsia.com
Ongoing geopolitical tensions in Europe and disruptions to global supply chains caused by the pandemic have led to an overall drop in freight volume.
Exports were down 15% year-on-year, with freight traffic to and from key trading regions in Europe and North America recording the largest declines.
In the first five months of the year, passenger volume increased 84.5% to 547,000, while cargo throughput and flight movements fell 8% and 1.5% to 1, 8 million tons and 50,975, respectively.
On a rolling 12-month basis, passenger and cargo volume increased by 80.7% and 4.3% to 1.6 million and 4.9 million tons, respectively. Flight movements increased by 12.3% to 144,020.
Meanwhile, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) received the Grand Award at the Customer Service Excellence Awards, along with eight other accolades in various categories offered by the Hong Kong Association for Customer Service Excellence.
Multiple accolades were bestowed on AAHK initiatives ranging from innovative projects to outstanding team and individual efforts.
Vivian Cheung, Executive Director of Airport Operations at AAHK, said, “We are honored to receive these awards, which reflect our staff’s caring attitude and dedication to meeting the needs of our passengers. I am also delighted that our innovations in passenger services are recognized. We will continue to improve the passenger experience by providing professional and high quality services at HKIA. »
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