Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) retained its spot as the busiest cargo hub in the world in 2018 handling 5.1 million tonnes.
Annual tonnage continues to grow, as this figure was 1.5 per cent up on 2017. However, in December alone, cargo throughput slightly decreased 5.2 per cent over December 2017 to 448,000 tonnes.
Amid the uncertain global economic situations, both imports and exports dropped by seven per cent in December, resulting the decrease in overall cargo throughput. Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to/from Europe and Southeast Asia decreased most significantly in the month.
Airport Authority Hong Kong chief executive officer, Fred Lam said: “It’s gratifying to see HKIA scale new heights in 2018 on all three air traffic categories, attesting to the dedication, resilience and contribution of our 73,000 airport community members.
“We are also honoured to be awarded with a number of recognitions during the year, solidifying HKIA’s leading position as a regional and international aviation hub.”