Hong kong Airport breaks record

Flights arriving and taking off from Hong Kong International Airport set a monthly record of 27,135 last month, up 14.5 percent from a year ago, on robust demand during the peak summer season.

The Airport Authority said a record 880 aircraft landed or took off each day. Cross-border land and sea transit traffic linking up with Chek Lap Kok also saw record highs.

Meanwhile, passenger and cargo volumes continued to improve, though edging down slightly from July.

“We anticipate the coming months will continue to see growth, as travel usually peaks at year-end, and in particular, during festivals or holidays such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day Golden Week,” authority chief executive Stanley Hui Hon-chung said.

Last month, the airport handled 4.7 million passengers and 346,000 tonnes of cargo, up 9.2 percent and 17 percent from last year. In July, there were 4.73 million passengers and 363,000 tonnes of cargo.

The number of residents flying in and out surged 19 percent, while visitors climbed 12 percent from last year. The authority said passenger traffic to and from the mainland and Southeast Asia was the highest among major regions.

Stronger air passenger figures spilled over to boost land and sea transport. A total of 227,000 passengers – up 33 percent year on year – used the SkyPier ferry terminal to travel between the Pearl River Delta and Chek Lap Kok. A further 163,000 people used cross-border coach and limousine services, up 41 percent.

On the cargo front, a 29 percent rise in exports helped boost total cargo growth, with exports to Europe and North America showing stronger pick-ups than other regions.

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