Hong Kong airport traffic up 26% in June

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Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has reported a 26.2% rise in passenger traffic in June, while cargo traffic registered a 28.6% growth.

The total number of passengers rose 26.2% to 4.2 million from a year ago, says the airport.

Hong Kong resident travel grew 28% year-on-year, but visitor traffic surged 40% with traffic from South-east Asia and North Asia showing the highest increases, says the airport.

"Transfer and transit traffic registered an increase of 13%," it adds.

On the cargo front, the total amount of cargo handled grew 28.6% to 347,000t from a year ago, says the airport.

This growth was fuelled mainly by strong exports to Europe and North America, it adds.

"We are confident that this momentum will continue into the summer, which is a seasonally busy time for holiday travel," says the Hong Kong Airport Authority's CEO Stanley Hui.

"We are seeing more airlines, both passenger and cargo launching new routes, re-launching routes that had previously been suspended, and new airlines commencing new services to HKIA. In light of the expanded aviation services at HKIA and the continued rebound of the economy, we believe our annual passenger and cargo volume this year will likely exceed pre-crisis levels."