(16/11/22) Passenger throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in October 2022 reached 755,000, representing a surge of 447.9% on the same month last year.
Passenger volume in October 2022 returned to around 13% of pre-pandemic levels, while cargo throughput and flight movements declined year-on-year by 23.9% and 10.2% to 351,000 tonnes and 12,575, respectively.
The growth in passenger throughput was mainly driven by increases in both Hong Kong resident and visitor traffic due to the relaxation of local quarantine measures. Passenger traffic to and from Southeast Asia experienced the most significant increase.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
Cargo volume continued to be affected by global economic uncertainties, on-going geopolitical tensions and disruptions to global supply chains.
Exports and imports decreased by 26% and 29% respectively, compared to the same month last year. Cargo traffic to and from North America registered the most significant decrease.
In the first 10 months of the year, HKIA handled 3 million passengers, an increase of 179% compared to the same period in 2021.
Cargo volume and flight movements dropped 14.1% and 5.3% to 3.5 million tonnes and 109,270, respectively.
On a 12-month rolling basis, the airport handled 3.3 million passengers, marking 162.6% year-on-year growth, and 4.5 million tonnes of cargo and 138,650 flight movements, representing decrease of 10.0% and 1.4%, respectively.
In other news, HKIA was named “Cargo Airport of the Year – Asia Pacific” at the 9th Payload Asia Awards.
Cissy Chan, Executive Director, Commercial of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), said, “We are honoured to receive this award, which demonstrates the HKIA cargo community’s professionalism and commitment to service excellence. We will spare no efforts in working with the air cargo community to offer the best service with a view to maintaining HKIA’s position as the airport of choice for cargo delivery. ”
October 2022 Traffic at HKIA
(1) +/- % refers to changes over the same period of the previous year.
(2) Passenger and cargo figures are rounded to the nearest 1,000, and flight movements to the nearest 5.
(3) Total figure for passengers include originating, terminating, transfer and transit passengers. Transfer and transit passengers are counted twice.
(4) Cargo Handled includes import, export and transshipment (counted twice) cargo.
(5) Flight Movements includes civil international passenger, cargo and non-revenue flights. Military and local flights are excluded.
(6) October 2022 estimated number of scheduled flights carrying passengers amounted to 23,085 movements.