Cargo capacity cuts continue to impact Hong Kong Airport in April

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Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) reported a year-on-year drop in cargo throughput for April as a result of reduced capacity.

Cargo throughput and flight movements recorded 375,000 tonnes and 10,320, respectively, representing decreases of 2.8% and 0.6% compared to the same month in 2021.

The decline in cargo throughput was mainly attributed to 6% year-on-year decreases in both imports and exports, due to insufficient cargo capacity. The overall cargo to and from Europe experienced the most significant decreases during the month.

On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger and cargo volume increased by 72.5% and 5.7% to 1.5m and 4.9m tonnes, respectively. Flight movements rose by 12.2% to 144,450.

However, looking ahead there is good news for the airport. Earlier this month, Hong Kong International Airport-hubbed Cathay Pacific said the Hong Kong government’s recent easing of crew quarantine rules will enable it to expand its cargo operations.

And despite the AAHK figures, Hong Kong International Airport was assessed as the busiest cargo airport in the world in 2021, according to data from Airports Council International (ACI) World.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]