Hong Kong post strong passenger growth in first half

For the remainder of the year, we expect the passenger and flight movement figures to continue the growth trend
Stanley Hui Hon-chung
Chief Executive Officer
Airport Authority Hong Kong

HONG KONG. Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) welcomed 25.8 million passengers and recorded 162,485 flight movements in the first half of 2011, representing year-on-year growth of +5.7% and +12.1% respectively.

The growth was well supported by a strong performance in June, the airport company added. The number of passengers and flight movements at HKIA reached 4.4 million and 27,085 respectively in the month, up +5.8% and +9.3% over June 2010.

The growth in passenger traffic in June was mainly driven by visitor traffic and Hong Kong resident travel which registered increases of +8% and +7%, respectively. Passenger traffic to/from Southeast Asia performed particularly well.

Airport Authority Hong Kong CEO Stanley Hui Hon-chung said it was “encouraging” to see the steady growth of passengers and flight movements in the first half of the year.

“Over the past six months we have seen air traffic movements set a new daily record, and five new airlines started operating in HKIA. The promising performance reaffirms HKIA’s status as the international and regional aviation hub and a preferred gateway to the Mainland.”

The five new airlines included Indonesia AirAsia, South East Asian Airlines, Mega Maldives, Air Busan and MIAT Mongolian Airlines. In addition, HKIA’s international network was further boosted by the start of flights to new destinations such as Denver, Medan, Male and Ulan Bator.

“For the remainder of the year we expect the passenger and flight movement figures to continue the growth trend, albeit at a slower pace due to the strong performance last year,” Hui added.

From April to June 2011 the airport handled 13.3 million passengers and 82,615 flight movements, up +6.6% and +10.4% respectively over the same period last year.

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