Hong Kong International Airport posts double-digit growth in March passenger traffic – 22/04/08

HONG KONG. Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reported a +10.8% increase in passenger traffic to 4.2 million in March, compared to March 2007. Air traffic movements reached 25,745, +6.8% higher than March 2007.

On 21 March, the first day of the Easter holidays, HKIA handled a record 945 aircraft movements. Airport Authority Hong Kong CEO Stanley Hui said: “Easter is traditionally one of our busiest periods. This year was no exception, as holiday departures by Hong Kong residents drove growth in passenger traffic.”

During the first three months of 2008 HKIA handled 12.1 million passengers, an increase of +10.5% from the same period a year earlier.

Hui added: “We are encouraged by the robust growth in air traffic during the first quarter. Nevertheless, our outlook for the months ahead remains cautiously optimistic in view of the prospect of a slowdown in the US economy.”

For the 12 months ended 31 March HKIA served 48.9 million passengers, handled 3.8 million tonnes of cargo and saw 299,725 air traffic movements. These figures represented year-on-year increases of +8.5%, +6.5% and +5.9%, respectively.

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