Hong Kong HKIA Passenger & Cargo Growth Continues in March

View across Hong Kong International Airport
Photo Credit: Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) maintained its positive momentum in March 2024. The airport experienced significant increases in passenger traffic, flight movements, and cargo throughput.

This is notable when compared to the same month last year.

Passenger Traffic Soars

The airport welcomed 4.36 million passengers in March, representing a year-on-year increase of 56.7%.

This growth can be partly attributed to the long Easter holidays that fell at the end of the month. All passenger segments saw growth, with Southeast Asia, Mainland China, and Japan experiencing the most notable surges.

Cargo Maintains Upward Trend

Cargo throughput also continued its positive trajectory, registering a 15.1% increase to 428,000 tonnes in March.

Notably, HKIA has achieved double-digit year-on-year growth in cargo traffic every month in 2024, building upon its success as the world’s busiest cargo airport in 2023 according to Airports Council International.

Export traffic remained the primary driver, with a 23.7% increase compared to March 2023. Key trading regions like North America, Europe, and the Middle East witnessed the most significant growth in cargo movement.

Interior view of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
Photo Credit: Airport Authority Hong Kong

Positive Performance Throughout 2024

Looking at the first quarter of 2024, HKIA handled a total of 12.7 million passengers. This reflects a substantial 81.7% increase compared to the low passenger volume during the same period in 2023.

Flight movements also witnessed a significant rise of 63.7% to 86,210. Meanwhile, cargo volume grew by 18.9% to exceed 1.1 million tonnes.

On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger volume reached 45.2 million, a remarkable 264.5% increase compared to the previous comparable period.

Flight movements and cargo throughput also saw impressive year-on-year increases of 92.1% and 9.1% to 309,650 and 4.5 million tonnes, respectively.

Interior view of Hong Kong International Airport
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Recognition for Innovation

As HKIA continues to experience traffic growth, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has been recognized for its commitment to innovation and operational efficiency.

AAHK recently received prestigious awards for its knowledge management systems and technology implementation, including the “Most Innovative Knowledge Enterprise (MIKE) Award 2023” in both Global and Hong Kong categories.

Further accolades were garnered, with “The Best in Technology Deployment Award” and “Top Winners” distinction in the Hong Kong MIKE Awards 2023.

A view over Hong Kong International Airport
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Continued Commitment to Excellence

Vivian Cheung, Chief Operating Officer of AAHK, expressed her appreciation for the awards, highlighting AAHK’s dedication to innovative knowledge management and exceptional passenger service.

Ms. Cheung emphasized the organization’s ongoing pursuit of cutting-edge technologies in airport management to further enhance operational efficiency and provide a seamless travel experience for passengers.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), also known as Chek Lap Kok Airport, is a major international aviation hub located on Chek Lap Kok Island in Hong Kong.

Opened in 1998, it replaced the former Kai Tak Airport and quickly established itself as a leader in passenger and cargo traffic.

HKIA boasts one of the world’s largest passenger terminal buildings and operates 24/7 to accommodate a vast network of airlines connecting Hong Kong to over 180 destinations worldwide.

The airport is a key contributor to Hong Kong’s economy, employing tens of thousands of people and serving as a vital link for international trade.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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