(13 Mar 2021)
In February 2021, Hong Kong International Airport
(HKIA) handled 47,000 passengers and 8,475 flight movements,
declines of 97.5% and 53% year-on-year, respectively.
Cargo throughput was 310,000 tonnes, a year-on-year increase of 23.3%,
while freighter movements surged 36.8% to 4,615, up from 3,374
recorded during the same month last year.
Combining the figures for the first two months of
this year, which eliminates the effect of Chinese New Year falling
in different months in 2020 and 2021, HKIA handled 118,000
passengers and 19,840 flight movements, declines of 98.4% and 61.3%,
respectively. Cargo throughput saw 17.9% growth to 719,000 tonnes.
The combined increase of cargo volume in January and February
was largely driven by a surge in exports. Transshipments
experienced a double-digit decline due to a shortage of belly
capacity on passenger flights. The overall cargo to and from North
America, the Middle East and Europe saw the most significant
increase during the period.
Passenger traffic remained weak
in February as the COVID19 pandemic persisted. During the first
two months of the year, passenger traffic for Hong Kong residents,
visitors, and transfer/transit passengers all dropped
significantly compared to the same month last year.
12-month rolling basis, passenger throughput and flight movements
recorded 98.0% and 67.9% year-on-year declines to 1.4 million and
129,260, respectively. Cargo throughput fell 3.5% to 4.6 million tonnes.
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