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Hong Kong Airport hails record year
After the slump in air travel and cargo demand caused by the global recession, Hong Kong International Airport says
it enjoyed a record year in 2010, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
Hong Kong International
Airport (HKIA) enjoyed
record passenger and cargo
activity during 2010, as air
travel and freight demand
rebounded from the global
downturn. Furthermore, the latest data for January
suggest the recovery is continuing into 2011.
e airport reported double-digit growth in all
its tra c statistics for January. Passenger numbers
for the month rose 10 percent from a year earlier, to
4.3 million, while cargo volume grew 10.8 percent.
Aircra movements also grew, rising 16.9 percent
year-on-year to 27,410.
According to airport operator Airport Authority
Hong Kong (AA), the growth was mainly driven by
visitor tra c and travel by Hong Kong residents.
Passenger tra c to and from South East Asia and
mainland China performed particularly well, while
transit passenger numbers grew 6 percent year-on-
year, AA said.
On the cargo side, robust export and trans-shipment
performance, up 11 percent and 16 percent
respectively compared with the same month a year
earlier, led to the jump in January cargo
volumes. Imports grew by 8 percent
year-on-year during the month.
"North America and
Europe carried on the
strong momentum, with
growth," the AA said.
Stanley Hui Hon-
chug , chief executive
o cer of the AA, said:
"I am glad to see the
encouraging air traffic
gures in the rst month of
this year. In addition, more
and more of our passengers use
the cross-boundary sea and land
transport ser vices to and from HKIA and
the Pearl River Delta region, strengthening HKIA as
a preferred gateway to the mainland."
More than 190,000 passengers used the Sky Pier
ferry terminal in January -- a 20 percent year-on-year
increase. About 160,000 passengers took mainland
coaches and limousines to cross the border, a gain of
more than 40 percent over the same period of 2010.
"Passenger volume and
aircra movement gures
continued to rise over
the Chinese New Year
(CNY) period, and a new
daily record of more than
170,000 passengers was
set on 7 February. During
the period between 2 and
8 February, the airport
handled nearly 1.1 million
passengers and over 6,100
air traffic movements,
up 3.8 percent and 7.7
percent from the CNY
period last year," Hui said.
On a rolling 12-month
basis, the airport handled
51.3 million passengers
and more than 4.1 million
tonnes of cargo from February 2010 to the end of
January, respective increases of 11.3 percent and 21.1
percent over the same period a year earlier. Aircra
movements also showed an increase of 11.4 percent,
rising to a total of 310,500.
e January gures were the latest good news from
HKIA, which recently announced it had
set new annual records in all traffic
categories in 2010. During the
calendar year, passenger traffic
grew 10.3 percent to 50.9
million from the previous
year, while cargo increased
23.4 percent to 4.1 million
tonnes and air traffic
movements rose 9.7 percent
The year 2010 also saw
nine new airlines operating
ser vices to HKIA, the opening
of new facilities and capacity
increases. These included the
o cial openings of the North Satellite
Concourse and SkyPier, as well as added
In December, HKIA handled 4.4 million
passengers and 362,000 tonnes of cargo, growth of
6.4 percent and 10.1 percent, respectively. Air tra c
movements during the month hit a monthly high of
27,725, up 14.5 percent.
"Signs of continuing robust market demand lead us to
anticipate further growth in 2011, which will likely be
single-digit because of the high base achieved in 2010,"
e statistics were released as the AA unveiled the
rst phase of its mid eld development project and
announced the on-time, on-budget completion of a
HK$4.5 billion (US$578 million) upgrade project for
e HK$7 billion phase 1 mid eld development
project includes the construction of a new concourse
with 20 aircraft parking stands -- some capable of
handling the Airbus A380 -- a new cross- eld taxiway
and the extension of the existing automated people
mover (APM) to the mid eld concourse.
Construction will start in the third quarter of this year
and phase 1 development is targeted for completion by
the end of 2015, the AA said.
e mid eld area is located to the west of Terminal
1 and between the two existing runways. It is the last
piece of land on the airport island available for large-
AA Chairman Dr Mar vin Cheung Kin-tung said:
"Equipping HKIA with su cient handling capacity is
key to strengthening Hong Kong's competitiveness as a
leading regional and international aviation centre, and
a preferred gateway to the Mainland. To meet future
demand, the new mid eld concourse ... will ultimately
enable about 10 million passengers a year to embark and
disembark aircra using air bridges at this concourse."n
demand lead us to
growth in 2011." - AA
HKIA s new midfield development plan will add handling
capacity for about 10 million passengers a year.
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
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