AVIATION | Staff Reporter, Singapore

HKIA ramps up efforts to maintain lead as world's busiest cargo airport

It is enhancing overall ability to handle temperature sensitive goods like pharmaceuticals.

As the Hong Kong International Airport retains the top spot as the world’s busiest cargo airport for the seventh consecutive year, it is intensifying overall efforts to ensure its lead over its competitors by tapping into opportunities for long-term development early on, according to the Airport Authority Hong Kong’s Sustainability Report. 

This includes an upgrade to the airport’s hardware and software that will enhance overall capacity to handle high-value and temperature-sensitive cargo like pharmaceuticals.

Moreover, HKIA has been recognised as an International Air Transport Association Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (IATA-CEIV) Partner Airport with seven operating companies already achieving IATA-CEIV Pharma certification. 

IATA CEIV Pharma is a globally-recognised standard which ensures regulatory compliance with the global requirements for air transportation of pharmaceutical products.

HKIA is also working on capturing the opportunities brought by the booming e-commerce market through a partnership with Hongkong Post which will explore ways to enhance capacity and operations of HKIA’s Air Mail Centre. 

“To take full advantage of cross-boundary e-commerce opportunity, we will invite interested party for the development of a new modern logistics centre at Kwo Lo Wan in the South Cargo Precinct of HKIA,” the report noted, adding that the new centre aims to act as a regional distribution centre for high-value and time-critical merchandise.

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