HKIA Handled 32,000 Passengers and 9,445 Flight Movements in April 2020

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Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled
32,000 passengers and 9,445 flight movements in April 2020, a
year-on-year decrease of 99.5% and 73.5%, respectively.

Cargo throughput dropped 14.2% to 338,000 tonnes,
when compared to the same month last year.

During the month, all non-Hong Kong residents
coming from overseas countries and regions by plane continued to
be denied entry to Hong Kong, and the suspension of all
transfer/transit services remained. As such, visitor and transfer/transit traffic decreased by almost 100%, compared to the same month last
year, whilst Hong Kong resident travel decreased by 99%.


Cathay Pacific aircraft at HKIA. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Cargo exports
to some markets recorded year-on-year increases, with North
America being the strongest market. The overall decline in cargo
handled was mainly attributed to the 51% decline in
transshipments, while exports increased by 4% compared to the same
month last year. Traffic to/from key trading regions in Southeast
Asia and India decreased most significantly in the month.

Cissy
Chan, Executive Director, Commercial of Airport Authority Hong
Kong, said, “It is a challenging time for air cargo as airlines
have suspended most of their passenger flights, leading to a
significant reduction in belly capacity for cargo. However, the
demand for air cargo has remained relatively strong, especially
for commodities related to COVID19 prevention, including face
masks and other medical supplies, as well as consumer electronics.
HKIA has maintained a relatively stable cargo throughput,
attributable to the airport’s extensive freighter network and
agility in facilitation of chartered cargo flights, in addition to
airlines using passenger aircraft for all cargo operations. The Airport
Authority
will continue to work with our cargo operators to provide
efficient and reliable cargo handling services.”

Over the first
four months of the year, HKIA handled 8.2 million passengers and
72,805 flight movements, representing year-on-year decreases of
67.5% and 48.5%, respectively, while cargo throughput recorded 1.3
million tonnes, a drop of 11.7% compared to the same period last
year.

On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume and flight
movements have fallen by 27.6% and 18.2% to 54.5 million and 351,215,
respectively, while cargo throughput of 4.6 million tonnes was
recorded, representing a decrease of 7.8% year on year.

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