Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
handled 6.19 million passengers and 36,500 flight movements in
October 2018,
a year-on-year increase of 0.5% and 1.4% respectively.

The
airport also processed 451,000 tonnes of cargo and airmail, a 2.8%
rise over the same month last year.

The growth in passenger
traffic was mainly driven by Hong Kong resident travel, which
registered a 7% year-on-year increase over the same month last
year. Passenger traffic to and from Japan and Europe saw the most
significant increases.


Thai Smile started operating daily Hong Kong flights to and from Bangkok and Phuket on 28 October 2018. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

HKIA reported a 7% year-on-year rise in
transshipments, which continued to be the main driver for cargo
growth. Amongst key trading regions, traffic to and from North
America and Southeast Asia posted the most significant increases
for the month.

Over the first 10 months of the year, HKIA
handled 62.2 million passengers and 4.21 million tonnes of cargo
and airmail, representing year-on-year increases of 2.8% and 2.6%,
respectively. The airport recorded 355,160 flight movements, a
1.7% rise over the first 10 months of 2017.

On a 12-month
rolling basis, HKIA handled 74.5 million passengers, 5.15 million
tonnes of cargo and airmail, and 426,725 flight movements,
representing increases of 3.4%, 3.3% and 2.2% over the same period
last year.

Airport Authority Hong Kong’s Intelligent RFID-embedded Baggage Loading Robotics for
Automated Baggage Reconciliation, jointly developed with
E-Business Solutions Limited, clinched the Winner Award in the
“Technology of the Year – Internet of Things” category at the 18th
Asia Pacific Information and Communications Technology Alliance
(APICTA) Awards.

Amen Tong, General Manager, Technical Services for
the Airport Authority, said, “We are honoured to receive this recognition from
the APICTA Awards, which is highly regarded in the information
technology industry. Our RFID-embedded baggage loading device can
identify, record and verify the correct baggage to be loaded onto
aircraft and send out alerts in case of mismatches. It greatly enhances the efficiency and accuracy of baggage loading for
departure flights. The AA will continue to leverage technology to enhance both the efficiency and safety of its airport operations
and passenger experience.”

In addition, HKIA recently welcomed
two new passenger airlines, Thai Smile and India-based SpiceJet. Thai Smile started operating daily flights to
and from Bangkok and Phuket on 28 October, while SpiceJet
started providing daily flights to and from Delhi on 23 November.

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