This comes as the Lunar New Year fell on February instead of the first month.
Hong Kong International Airport took off on unsteady footing as passenger throughput fell 0.9% YoY to 6.13m passengers in January, as the much-anticipated Chinese New Year which has historically boosted airline figures, fell on February instead of January this year.
Local resident travel also dipped 8%, dragging the already-weak headline figures whilst passenger traffic to and from Southeast Asia and Taiwan registered the most significant decrease, according to a press release.
Despite the decrease in passengers, the airport recorded the transport of higher levels of cargo as throughput rose 9.9% YoY to 410,000 tonnes.
On the cargo front, transshipments and imports registered 14% and 10% year-on-year growth, respectively, contributing most to the growth. Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to/from Europe and India increased most significantly in the month.
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