Cargo traffic declines in June at Hong Kong International Airport

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Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) results for June 2022 published by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) show the airport handled 295,000 passengers, representing a surge of 254.1% over June 2021 despite passenger volume remaining significantly below pre-pandemic levels. Cargo throughput recorded a 9.0% drop year on year to 363,000 tonnes, while flight movements increased by 1.2% to 11,175 compared to the same month last year.

Disruptions to global supply chains caused by the pandemic and continuing geopolitical tensions in Europe led to the overall decline in cargo volume. Exports registered a year-on-year decrease of 10%. Cargo traffic to and from key trading regions in Europe and North America saw the most significant drops.

Over the first six months of the year, HKIA handled 842,000 passengers, an increase of 121.7% compared to the same period last year. The airport handled 2.1 million tonnes of cargo and 62,155 flight movements, representing decreases of 8.2% and 1.1%, respectively.

On a 12-month rolling basis, the airport handled 4.8 million tonnes of cargo and 144,150 flight movements, representing increases of 2.6% and 11.5%, respectively.

In other news, HKIA was named “Airport of the Year 2022” at the World Air Cargo Awards hosted by Air Cargo Week. The award is considered one of the most prestigious recognitions of excellence in the global air cargo industry. Industry groups from the air freight supply chain sector, as well as logistics providers and suppliers, vote on the winners.

Cissy Chan, executive director, commercial of AAHK, said: “We are honoured to receive this award, which recognises the HKIA cargo community’s exceptional professionalism and commitment in strengthening the airport’s position as the world’s busiest cargo airport. Despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, HKIA ceaselessly strives for service excellence and operational efficiency. We will continue to work closely with our partners to enhance our cargo services, connectivity and digitalisation to further reinforce our status as the world’s leading air cargo hub.”