Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has announced its operating data for November 2014, reporting a monthly record for cargo tonnage throughput. During the month, cargo volume rose by 5.5% year-on-year to reach 421,000 tonnes.
The growth in cargo throughput in November was driven by transhipments and exports, which were up 11% and 5% respectively from a year ago. During the month, cargo throughput to and from North America and South East Asia increased most significantly compared to other key regions.
Julia Yan, General Manager, Strategic Planning & Development of Airport Authority Hong Kong said, “This is the first time HKIA has handled over 400,000 tonnes of cargo in a single month. This achievement further solidifies HKIA’s position as the world’s busiest cargo airport. Boosted by the seasonal surge in both cargo shipments and passenger traffic demand, we expect across-the-board growth in traffic volume to continue as we approach the end of the year, setting new annual records for all three traffic categories.”
Over the first 11 months of 2014, HKIA handled 4.0m tonnes of cargo and 356,700 flight movements, representing growth of 6.3% and 5.1%, respectively, over the same period of 2014.
On a rolling 12-month basis, cargo throughput climbed by 5.8% to 4.4m tonnes. Flight movements rose by 5.3% from the 2013 to 389,545.
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