Hong Kong International Airport’s (HKIA) cargo tonnage fell a significant 11.5 per cent year-on-year (YOY) in August to 382,000 tonnes as various headwinds impacted the hub’s freight performance during the month.
The airport said amid global trade uncertainties, cargo volume continued to contract in August as transshipments and imports declined by 19 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively.
HKIA reported that the figures for Southeast Asia and mainland China decreased most significantly among key trading regions.
Over the first eight months of the year, HKIA’s cargo throughput recorded 3.08 million, down 7.4 per cent compared to the same period last year.
On a 12-month rolling basis, cargo throughput recorded 4.9 million tonnes, a decline of 5.3 per cent YOY.
During the month, airport and flight operations were disrupted by public assemblies at the airport on a number of days, which affected freight activities, mainly the belly segment.