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Hong Kong International Airport sees rising passenger demand in June

Hong Kong International Airport served 3.3 million passengers in June, up more than tenfold over the low base in the same month last year.

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Latest data from Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) reveals that last month’s passenger numbers reached 60 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

Passenger volume in June was up by +6.9 percent compared to May.

The airport saw a notable year-on-year increase in all passenger segments, with Southeast Asia, Mainland China and Japan as the top source markets.

The number of flights also doubled last month compared to the previous period.

In the first half of 2023, the airport recorded 16.5 million passengers and 118,780 flight movements, representing increases of over 18 times and +91 percent, respectively, from a low base during the same period in 2022.

On a 12-month rolling basis, passenger traffic soared by more than 10 times to 21.4 million compared to the year prior. Aircraft movements jumped by +35.5 percent to 195,365.

AAHK executive director, Airport Operations, Steven Yiu said: “Passenger traffic at HKIA has recovered to about 60 percent of pre-pandemic levels, and saw a peak of over 127,000 passengers on 25 June – a record high after the pandemic.

“With the steady recovery of air traffic, we are pleased to welcome new airlines operating at HKIA and see that existing airlines add new flight routes. HKIA is working closely with airlines and other business partners to welcome more passengers during the summer travel season, and to reinforce the airport’s status as an international aviation hub.”

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Hong Kong International Airport has welcomed a new passenger airline, Royal Air Philippines. The carrier operates a new flight route connecting Hong Kong International and Godofredo P. Ramos Caticlan airports. The airline has been operating three flights a week to and from Caticlan Airport since 9 July.

In addition, a new destination – Nantong in Jiangsu Province – has been added to Hong Kong International Airport’s extensive network.