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HK airport records 3.5 m passengers in August

Passenger traffic number at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) rose to 3,509,000…

Passenger traffic number at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) rose to 3,509,000 in August, breaking any monthly record ever made in Hong Kong, the Airport Authority said Sunday.

The passenger throughput showed a 16.3 percent increase compared with August last year. More than 35.5 million passengers passed through HKIA over the past 12 months, a rise of almost 30 percent compared with the corresponding period last year.

According to the authority, August`s cargo throughput rose to 257,000 tons, representing a 17.3 percent increase compared with the same month last year. Cargo throughput for the last 12 months rose to 2,963,000 tons, showing a 15.5 percent increase against the corresponding period for the previous year.

Loaded cargo (export) grew 22.3 percent to 164,000 tons, mainly as a result of high demand in North American, European and the Chinese mainland markets.

August`s aircraft movements rose by 21.5 percent to 20,560. There were 228,330 aircraft movements recorded for the past 12 months, representing a 22.3 percent increase against the same period last year.

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