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Hong Kong Airport Reports Massive Surge in Passenger Numbers


Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 2.1 million
passengers in February 2023, a year-on-year surge of approximately 24

Cargo volume and flight movements saw year-on-year
increases of 6.7% and 95.7% to 290,000 tonnes and 16,305,

Due to the relaxation of travel restrictions,
all passenger segments, particularly Hong Kong residents, experienced significant growth compared to the same month last
year. Traffic to and from Southeast Asia and Japan recorded the
most significant increases.

Global economic uncertainties, however, continued
to impact cargo volume. The year-on-year
increase in cargo volume during the month was mainly attributed to
a low base for comparison with that of February 2022. Transshipments
and exports increased by 46% and 3% year-on-year respectively. The
Middle East, Mainland China and North America saw the most
significant growth in terms of cargo volume.

Over the first
two months of the year, the airport handled 4.2 million
passengers, marking an increase of around 26 times compared to the
same period in 2022. Flight movements registered year-on-year
increase by about 60% to 32,520, while cargo volume dropped by
12.8% to 578,000 tonnes.

On a 12-month rolling basis,
passenger volume increased year-on-year by around six times to 9.7
million, while flight movements were up 3.9% to 150,895. Cargo
throughput saw a decline of 17.2% to 4.1 million tonnes.

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has been
included in Sustainalytics’ “2023 Top-Rated ESG Companies List”
for its outstanding environmental, social and governance (ESG)

Sustainalytics, an independent ESG research and
ratings firm, identifies the top performers globally based on its
ESG Risk Ratings – which cover more than 15,000 companies across
various industries – and has recognised AAHK as one of the top 50
companies in the “Regional Top-Rated” category.

“We are honoured to
receive the recognition, which underscores our tireless efforts to
achieve sustainability goals,” said Julian Lee, Executive
Director, Finance of the AAHK. “Apart from integrating ESG
considerations at all levels of our operations, AAHK is also a
pioneer of green finance. Our Sustainable Finance Framework and
green bonds issuance demonstrated our commitment to developing
HKIA into one of the world’s greenest airports. We will continue
to work with our business partners to contribute to the
sustainable development of the region.”

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