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Hong Kong Airport handles more cargo in January, February

Cargo volume dropped at Hong Kong International Airport by 13.3 percent in February compared to February 2012, the airport announced.

Cargo volume in February was 248,000 tonnes. Flight movements increased by 4.1 percent to 27,665.

Combining the first two months of 2013 evens out the timing difference of the Chinese New Year. HKIA handled 582,000 tonnes of cargo in January and February, representing 3.8 percent and 3.6 percent growth respectively year over year.

“Cargo recorded slower tonnage in February due to the closure of mainland factories during the holiday period,” Stanley Hui Hon-chung, CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said. “We expect that cargo will gradually stabilize in the coming months as factories resume operations, and we remain cautiously optimistic for the cargo growth in longer run.”

The overall growth of cargo throughput for the first two months was mainly attributed to an 11 percent year-over-year increase in transshipments. Cargo throughput to and from Taiwan and North America outperformed other regions.