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Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) enjoyed a record breaking 2018, handling an all-time high of 74.7 million passengers, 427,725 aircraft movements and 5.1 million tonnes of cargo.

The figures represent upturns of 2.5%, 1.7% and 1.5% respectively on 2017.

Fred Lam, CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong, says: “It’s gratifying to see HKIA scale new heights in 2018 on all three air traffic categories, attesting to the dedication, resilience and contribution of our 73,000 airport community members.

“We are also honoured to be awarded with a number of recognitions during the year, solidifying HKIA’s leading position as a regional and international aviation hub.”

In 2018, HKIA was recognised as the ‘Airport of the Year 2018’ by Air Transport World and ‘Best Global Airport’ at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards by Asia Cargo News.

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HKIA was also inducted into the Travel Hall of Fame at TTG Travel Awards 2018

In December 2018, aircraft movements and passenger volumes experienced steady growth, reaching 37,085 (+1.2%) and 6.53 million (+1.7%) respectively. 

The airport says that passenger growth in December was primarily driven by 3% upturn in visitor traffic.

During the month, Hong Kong resident travel also experienced 2% growth. Overall passenger traffic to from Japan, Southeast Asia and Europe recorded the most significant increases.

“Looking forward, several capacity enhancement projects will commence to cater for the surging demand,” reveals Lam.

“The Terminal 1 Annex Building will commence operation in 2019. After the commissioning, there will be over 40 new check-in counters with self-bag drop facilities and two additional baggage reclaim carousels.

HKIA Aerial 1

“The project will also provide more seats, shops and catering outlets in the expanded Arrivals Hall.

“Meanwhile, to keep pace with ever-changing traveller dynamics and technological innovations, we will continue to launch new initiatives and passenger-focused features to provide a vibrant, world-class experience for travellers.”

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