Our colleagues at Norman Global Logistics in Hong Kong have very kindly updated us on their airport’s record year for air freight.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2016/17, with cargo flight movements increasing 0.1% to 410,440 and cargo volume growing 6.7% to 4.6 million tonnes, which makes HKIA the world’s top cargo airport for the seventh consecutive year.
HKIA also clinched the “Best Global Airport” title from Asia Cargo News and won the “Asia Pacific Airport of the Year — Industry Choice Award” from Payload Asia.
Construction for expanding HKIA into a Three-runway System (3RS) commenced in August 2016, with Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting to inspect progress of the project to secure Hong Kong’s status as an international aviation hub into the long-term.
We are pleased to see that HKIA continues to develop its ability to serve fast-growing air freight segments including fresh produce and temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals that require specialised handling.
The airport authority is working towards the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) Accreditation and HKIA is expected to be recognised as an IATA CEIV Pharma Partner Airport by the third quarter in 2017.
HKIA continued its strong 2017 cargo growth in May, seeing a sharp year-on-year increase of 12.9% to 409,000 tonnes handled.