On the 29th of December 2016 Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) welcomed its 70 millionth passenger of the year, the first time HKIA’s annual passenger throughput surpassed the milestone.

Jack So Chak-kwong, Chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), said:  “HKIA’s annual passenger throughput surpassed 60 million for the first time in 2014, and only two years later, today we reached the 70 million mark. The AA is delighted to witness this strong growth momentum. We expect that all three traffic categories – passengers, cargo and flight movements – will set new annual records in 2016.

I am particularly grateful to the over 73,000 staff of the airport community, whose concerted efforts have helped maintain efficient operations to receive an ever rising amount of passengers whilst providing a pleasant travel experience for our guests.”

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded solid performance in all three major air traffic categories for the first 10 months of 2016. During the period, HKIA welcomed approximately 59 million passengers and registered 343,265 flight movements, representing year-over-year increases of 3.6% and 2% respectively. Cargo throughput grew by 1.9% to 3.7 million tons compared to previous year.

The Chairman added that to meet increasing passenger demand, the AA has initiated a number of major medium- and long-term developments. The construction of the Three-runway System has commenced on the 1st of August 2016, and in the expansion of Terminal 1 is underway.

According to So, HKIA will also continue to apply innovations and smart technology with a view to providing even more convenient services for our passengers and enhancing the overall airport experience.

HKIA is one of the busiest airports in the world. Currently, HKIA is connected to over 190 destinations worldwide, providing about 1,100 daily flights through over 100 airlines.