Hong Kong welcomes steady cargo growth

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) achieved what it describes as “steady growth” in all air traffic categories in the first month of 2017.
Cargo traffic through the gateway increased by 3.1% compared with January 2016 to reach 372,000 tonnes.
The increased cargo throughput was attributed in the main by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) to an eight percent increase in export traffic.
Among Hong Kong’s key regional trading partners, freight traffic to and from Europe and North America showed the biggest year on year increases.
This year’s Chinese New Year fell early, in January, and Vivian Cheung, deputy director of airport operations for the airport authority, commented: “The airport community made an excellent concerted effort to maintain smooth operations at HKIA during the festive period.”
Cheung also noted, however: “Since the Chinese New Year period fell in February last year, a more meaningful comparison of the traffic performance could be made when the combined statistics for the first two months of 2017 are available.”
On a rolling 12-month basis, at the end of January the airport’s cargo throughput was up by 3.4% to 4.5m tonnes.
Over the course of 2016, its cargo traffic rose by 3.2% year on year to reach 4.52m tonnes.

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest asia news

Perishables lift Cathay Pacific cargo volumes in January

Perishables shipments helped to raise air cargo volumes at Cathay Pacific in January year on year. The airline carried 114,790…

Read More

Share this story

Starlux to enter the freighter market with A350F order

Taiwan-based Starlux Airlines will enter the freighter market after it placed an order for five Airbus A350 cargo aircraft at…

Read More

Share this story

India’s air cargo industry sets ambitious growth targets

India has set an ambitious target of reaching 10m tons of air cargo handled per year by 2030, attendees at…

Read More

Share this story

Air Cargo News

Air Cargo News
Established in 1983, Air Cargo News is the leading source of news, information, interviews, analyses and reports to the global airfreight industry. Our leading portfolio includes print, digital and events that give businesses in the airfreight industry the ability to connect with decision-makers in this sector.