Hong Kong airport passenger numbers up 15% in February

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Hong Kong International Airport's (HKIA) total passenger numbers increased by 15% to 4.67 million in February, compared with the same period last year.

The airport says the rise in passenger numbers was largely because of an increase in visitor traffic, with passenger traffic to and from Southeast Asia, the mainland and Taiwan performing particularly well.

Total aircraft movements at the airport for the month went up by 4.1% to 27,700, while cargo volumes dropped by 13% to 248,000t.

Passenger aircraft movement grew by 7.7% against a decrease of 20% in cargo aircraft movements.

The airport attributes the growth in cargo throughput to rise in the trans-shipments. Cargo throughput to and from Taiwan and North America outperformed other key regions, adds HKIA.