HKIA cargo volume dips 2.8% in April

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Over the first four months of 2022, cargo volume at Hong Kong International Airport dropped by 7.6% to 1.4 million tons.
  • HKIA cargo volume dips 2.8% in April to 375,000 tons year-on-year
  • The decline at the Hong Kong International Airport was mainly attributed to 6% year-on-year decreases in both imports and exports due to insufficient cargo capacity
  • For the first four months of 2022, cargo throughput and flight movements at the airport dropped by 7.6% and 0.9%, respectively

Cargo volume and flight movements at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) dipped 2.8% and 0.6% in April to 375,000 tons and 10,320 from the same month last year, operator Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) said in a statement.

AAHK said the decline in cargo handled was mainly attributed to 6% year-on-year decreases in both imports and exports due to insufficient cargo capacity. The overall cargo to and from Europe experienced the most significant decreases during the month, the airport operator added.

For the first four months of 2022, cargo throughput and flight movements at the airport dropped by 7.6% and 0.9% to 1.4 million tons and 40,535, respectively.

But on a 12-month rolling basis, cargo volume fared better, increasing by 5.7% to 4.9 million tons. Passenger cargo volume also increased by 72.5% to 1.5 million. Flight movements rose by 12.2% to 144,450.

HKIA handled 126,000 passengers in April, representing a year-on-year increase of 109.4%, although passenger volume remained significantly lower than the pre-pandemic levels in 2019, the airport operator said.

From January to April, passenger volume grew 59% to 377,000 while flight movements dropped by 0.9% to 40,535.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government lifted restrictions on arrival flights from nine countries on April 1. A total of 1,185 flights carrying passengers operated at HKIA in April, while 1,050 flights was recorded in March. During the month, HKIA passenger traffic to and from Southeast Asia experienced the most significant increases.

For its sustainable practices in airport operations, HKIA won the Green Airports Recognition 2022 Platinum award in the “over 50 million passengers per annum” category. Presented by Airports Council International Asia-Pacific, the awards recognize Asia Pacific airports for outstanding achievements in carbon management and exceptional best practices in decarbonization.

HKIA was recognized for its Weather Forecast for Air conditioning Control System (Weather FACTS), a predictive control model for air conditioning with the use of big data analytics on real-time data at airport and weather data from the Hong Kong Observatory.