Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled six million passengers and 35,655 air traffic movements in August 2019, representing year-on-year declines of 12.4 per cent and 3.5 per cent, respectively, according to figures published by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA).
The drop in passenger volume mainly stemmed from a decrease in visitor traffic. Passenger traffic to and from mainland China, South-east Asia and Taiwan experienced significant declines compared to August 2018.
During the month, airport and flight operations were disrupted by public assemblies at the airport on a number of days. C K Ng, executive director, airport operations of the AA, said: “In the past few months, there have been huge challenges to airport operations at times. Thanks to the concerted efforts of the airport community, we managed to maintain normal operations and minimise impact on travellers.”
Over the first eight months of the year, HKIA handled 50.6 million passengers and 285,495 air traffic movements, up 0.3 per cent and 0.2 per cent, respectively, from the same period last year.
On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume and flight movements grew by 0.4 per cent and 0.3 per cent to 74.8 million and 428,290, respectively.