The globe’s busiest cargo hub Hong Kong International Airport’s (HKIA) tonnage remained steady in July at 433,000 tonnes compared to last year.
Transshipments recorded an increase of nine per cent year-on-year (YOY), driving the growth in cargo throughput. Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to/from North America and Southeast Asia increased most significantly.
Over the first seven months of 2018, cargo and airmail throughput YOY increased 3.1 per cent, reaching 2.9 million tonnes. On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 5.1 million tonnes of cargo and airmail, a 4.7 per cent uplift compared to the previous 12 months.
Meanwhile, HKIA is expecting the launch of a new belly airline that it said will broaden the airport’s extensive network even further and boost tonnage.
Airport Authority Hong Kong general manager for airport and industry collaboration, Michael Yuen said: “We are delighted to welcome EgyptAir, a new addition to HKIA’s operating airlines, which will offer twice-weekly flights to and from Cairo via Bangkok starting from 18 September.
“The service will be further increased to three times per week from 28 October. We hope passengers enjoy the new service to this historic country, and we look forward to welcoming more new airlines adding even more destinations in the future.”