Passengers Numbers at Hong Kong Int. Airport Down 91% in March

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled
576,000 passengers and 12,115 flight movements in March 2020, a
year-on-year decrease of 91% and 67%, respectively.

Cargo
throughput dropped 12.4% to 378,000 tonnes when compared to the
same month last year.

As countries and regions worldwide continued to
impose immigration restrictions and implement quarantine measures, a sharp decline of passenger traffic was recorded in March.
Locally, starting from 25 March, all transit and transfer services
at HKIA have been suspended, and all non-Hong Kong residents
coming from overseas countries and regions by plane are denied
entry to Hong Kong. All these factors led to a very weak travel
demand in March, and airlines have suspended more flights. Visitor
traffic, which was impacted the most, experienced 97% year-on-year
decrease. Transfer / transit traffic and Hong Kong resident travel
also declined by 91% and 83%, respectively.


On the cargo front,
amongst the key trading regions, traffic to and from Southeast
Asia and Europe decreased most significantly in March. The decline
in cargo throughput was mainly attributed to 42% decrease in
transshipments. Exports was stable while imports grew slightly by
1% year-on-year.

Vivian Cheung, Executive Director, Airport
Operations of the Airport Authority, said, “The whole airport community is
encountering unprecedented hardship amid the COVID19 pandemic. In
addition to assisting in the implementation of quarantine measures
by the Department of Health, our airport staff have been working
diligently to ensure the protection against the virus at HKIA. I
would like to express my appreciation of their professionalism,
dedication and endurance. Members of the airport community shall
continue to work closely during this very challenging time and
tide over the difficulties together.”

Over the first quarter the year, HKIA handled 8.2
million passengers and 63,345 flight movements, representing
year-on-year decreases of 56.5% and 40.1%, respectively. Cargo
throughput fell 10.9% to 988,000 tonnes compared to the same 
period last year.

On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume
and flight movements respectively dropped 18.9% and 12.0% to 60.9
million and 377,420. Cargo throughput decreased by 7.3% to 4.7
million tonnes.

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