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Hong Kong Airport Marks Record Traffic on Travel, Cargo Demand

Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong International Airport set records in passenger volume and flight traffic last year, as local residents traveled more and air freight shipments to North America and China increased.

The airport welcomed 56.5 million passengers and handled 352,000 aircraft movements last year, growth of about 5 percent for each, according to a press release today. Freight shipments rose 2.2 percent to 4 million tons, it said. The airport also reported a one-month record 30,800 flight movements in December.

“Despite the challenging global economic environment, regional economic growth continued to drive traffic increases,” Stanley Hui Hon-chung, chief executive of the city’s Airport Authority, said in the release. “This past year we welcomed nine new airlines and expanded our global network to about 170 destinations.”

Limousine and coach traffic between the airport and Pearl River Delta destinations swelled 3.5 percent to more than 1.9 million passengers, while ferries carried 2.6 million travelers, an increase of 8 percent, according to the release.

To contact the reporter on this story: Natasha Khan in Hong Kong at nkhan51@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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