North American tonnage drives April growth in Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport’s (HKIA) cargo and airmail throughput rose 4.8 per cent to 426,000 tonnes in April compared to the same month last year.

The Asian hub saw a 17 per cent growth in transshipments. Among the key trading regions, cargo throughput for North America increased most significantly in the month.

Easter holiday fell in late-March this year, as compared to April in 2017. Balancing out the impact of the Easter holidays, the March and April cargo and airmail throughput registered 0.9 per cent growth over the two months.

Over the first four months of the year, HKIA handled 1.60 million tonnes of cargo and airmail for a year-on-year (YOY) increase of 4.2 per cent.

On a rolling 12-month basis, the world’s busiest freight hub registered 5.11 million tonnes of cargo and airmail, representing a YOY uplift of 7.2 per cent.