surge in air cargo and an equally large drop in passenger traffic
in January were attributed to the timing of the Lunar New Year
holidays in 2001, the Airport Authority said last month.
traditionally are a busy time for travel but quiet for business,
not only in Hong Kong but East Asia in general. Passenger traffic
soars while cargo operations wind down over a period of about
the holidays occurred in January, but fell in February this year.
As a result, passenger traffic was 2.52mn in January 2002, down
11.8% year-on-year, while cargo shipments were 171,000 tonnes,
a rise of 19.6% this year. Exports (loaded cargo) saw a significant
increase of 26.5% to 98,000 tonnes, but again the figure should
be regarded in the context of last year's Lunar New Year off-peak
of flight movements was 15,870, 3.6% lower than last year, as
more flights operated to cope with additional passenger traffic
in Lunar New Year last year.
In the past
12 months, passenger throughput from February 2001 was 32.7mn,
down 3.3% compared with the same period from February 2000. Cargo
traffic fell by 5.3% to 2.11mn tonnes while civil international
flight movements increased by 6.3% to 196,230.