HKIA’s tonnage falls 8.1% in April

Cargo tonnage at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) declined by 8.1 per cent to 394,000 tonnes which the airport said was due to uncertain global economic conditions.

The decrease in cargo throughput this April was mainly due to 11 per cent and 10 per cent declines in imports and transshipments, respectively. Amongst key trading regions, Southeast Asia and Europe saw the most significant decreases.

Over the first four months of the year, HKIA’s cargo throughput recorded 1.5 million tonnes, a decline of 6.1 per cent compared to the same period last year.

On a 12-month rolling basis, cargo throughput reached five million tonnes, a decrease of 1.7 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The airport has recently won two industry awards and executive director of operator the Airport Authority Hong Kong, Cissy Chan said: “HKIA has been recognised as the world’s busiest cargo airport since 2010.

“We will develop our cargo strategy in three key areas – e-commerce, transshipments and high-value logistics – while continuing to work closely with our business partners to maintain HKIA’s position as the world’s leading air cargo hub.”