(13 Mar 2021) In February 2021, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 47,000 passengers and 8,475 flight movements, declines of 97.5% and 53% year-on-year, respectively.
Cargo throughput was 310,000 tonnes, a year-on-year increase of 23.3%, while freighter movements surged 36.8% to 4,615, up from 3,374 recorded during the same month last year.
Combining the figures for the first two months of this year, which eliminates the effect of Chinese New Year falling in different months in 2020 and 2021, HKIA handled 118,000 passengers and 19,840 flight movements, declines of 98.4% and 61.3%, respectively. Cargo throughput saw 17.9% growth to 719,000 tonnes.
The combined increase of cargo volume in January and February was largely driven by a surge in exports. Transshipments experienced a double-digit decline due to a shortage of belly capacity on passenger flights. The overall cargo to and from North America, the Middle East and Europe saw the most significant increase during the period.
Passenger traffic remained weak in February as the COVID19 pandemic persisted. During the first two months of the year, passenger traffic for Hong Kong residents, visitors, and transfer/transit passengers all dropped significantly compared to the same month last year.
On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger throughput and flight movements recorded 98.0% and 67.9% year-on-year declines to 1.4 million and 129,260, respectively. Cargo throughput fell 3.5% to 4.6 million tonnes.