Cargo throughput at HKIA sees record double digit growth in July

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has released traffic figures for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for July 2021. During the month, HKIA handled 11,850 flight movements, representing year-on-year increases of 20.0%. Cargo throughput saw a 12.4% increase to 419,000 tonnes compared to the same month last year.

Transshipments recorded strong growth of 21%. Both imports and exports also experienced double-digit growth. Cargo to and from Southeast Asia experienced the most significant increase during the month.

In July, the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) successfully implemented 100% security screening for export air cargo, meeting the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) policy direction towards enhancing global air cargo security as scheduled. The AA has worked closely with CAD in the introduction of Regulated Air Cargo Screening Facility (RACSF) Scheme to increase air cargo security screening ability at off-airport locations, and collaborated with air cargo terminals and other stakeholders to facilitate industry preparations for complying with the new requirements.

Cissy Chan, executive director, commercial of the AA, said: “Strong growth in exports of air cargo last month is a clear indication that the new screening measures have been implemented smoothly – strengthening the security of export air cargoes while maintaining high operational efficiency at HKIA. We believe that the enhanced air cargo security reinforces HKIA’s status as the world’s leading cargo hub.”

On a 12-month rolling basis, cargo throughput saw an increase of 4.6% to 4.8 million tonnes.