Passenger traffic and flight movements at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) increased 5.7% and 8.1% year-on-year respectively in July 2011 to new single-month records of 5.0 million and 28,880. The growth in passenger traffic was driven mainly by visitor traffic, which registered 10% growth over the same period last year. Passenger traffic to and from Southeast Asia also performed particularly well.
Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said July’s traffic performance carried on the recent trend of steady passenger growth and relatively weaker cargo throughput.
“As summer is the traditional peak season for leisure travel, we expect passenger growth will continue in August. Meanwhile, in view of the recent changes and volatility in the global financial market, including the downgrade of the US government’s credit rating by Standard & Poor’s, we will stay alert and closely monitor the situation in the coming months,” Hui said.
He also noted HKIA has further expanded its upstream check-in service in the Pearl River Delta region. “We just added Macau Taipa as our fifth upstream check-in ferry point in late July, and we also opened two new city check-in facilities at Shenzhen Futian Coach Station and Shenzhen Grand Theatre in August,” he said.
This means passengers of specific airlines can obtain their boarding passes at the two city check-in facilities in Shenzhen before taking the shuttle buses or limousines between these facilities and HKIA for travel on international flights. At Taipa ferry pier, passengers can also check their bags.
“The extension of the check-in services to more points in Shenzhen and Macau will provide better and more convenient service to passengers who choose to travel through the extensive network of international air services that HKIA has to offer,” Hui said.
HKIA’s cross-boundary transport network currently covers eight ferry ports and 115 coach destinations in the PRD, moving about 6,300 passengers by ferry and 5,000 passengers by coach or limousine each day.
For the first seven months of the year, the airport handled 30.8 million passengers and 191,375 flight movements in total, up 5.7% and 11.5% year-on-year respectively.