Hong Kong International Airport marks yoy surge in pax throughput in January

By Kristiane Sherry |

Hong Kong International Airport

HKIA is seeing strong post-pandemic recovery. Image: Hong Kong International Airport.

Passenger throughput at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) climbed to almost 2.1 million (2,065m) in January – a year-on-year surge of around 28 times (2797.4%), Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) air traffic figures show.

The post-pandemic recovery continues apace, with flight movements for the same period climbed 35% year-on-year to 16,215.

At peak, more than 80,000 passengers a day travelled through the airport, reaching around 40% of pre-Covid levels. 

Hong Kong lifted many travel-related Covid control measures on 29 December 2022, with Mainland China following suit on 8 January.

Meanwhile AAHK, cargo throughput fell 26.4% to 288,000 tonnes compared to the same month in 2022, suppressed by global economic headwinds and the timing of the Lunar New Year holiday.

Import and export cargo declined by 36% and 33% respectively, with Southeast Asia, Taiwan, North America and Europe all reporting contractions.

‘Significant growth’

According to AAHK, all passenger segments saw “significant” growth, particularly local Hong Kong residents. Southeast Asia and Japan posted the biggest gains, while the reopening of the Mainland market drove further recovery.

While, on a rolling 12-month basis, passenger volumes surged by 466% to 7.6 million, flight movements and cargo fell 1.7% and 18.2% respectively to 142,920 and 4.1 million tonnes.

HKIA’s January 2023 traffic data

ESG awards

In addition to its January traffic news, AAHK also won five trophies at the recent TVB ESG Awards 2022, which reward outstanding performances in environmental, social and governance practices. 

AAHK won Outstanding ESG Award, Best in ESG Practices, Best in ESG Report, ESG Project Innovation award, and Innovative Climate Technology Award.

AAHK scooped five trophies at the recent TVB ESG Awards 2022

“We are honoured to receive these awards in recognition of our dedicated efforts in promoting sustainable growth,” said Peter Lee, General Manager, Sustainability of AAHK.

“While taking forward various development projects under the Airport City blueprint, we are giving sustainability high priority in various aspects, such as setting carbon reduction targets and adopting green building designs. We will continue to work with the airport community to achieve our goal of becoming one of the world’s greenest airports.”

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