Hong Kong air passenger traffic thrives with the relaxation of travel restrictions 

by | Feb 21, 2023 | Airlines, Airports

Hong Kong air passenger traffic thrives with the relaxation of travel restrictions


Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) recently announced the January 2023 air traffic figures for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). The numbers speak to a strong recovery following the relaxation of COVID-19 related travel restrictions.

The announcement showed passenger traffic reaching 2.1 million in the first month of 2023, a year-on-year surge of 28 times. Reportedly all passenger segments grew substantially following the relaxation of travel restrictions towards the end of 2022, but the most significant increases were recorded with passengers moving to and from Southeast Asia and Japan.

The Airport Authority added:

Due to the relaxation of travel restrictions, all passenger segments experienced significant growths, particularly Hong Kong residents, compared to the same month last year […] Strong passenger demand was observed in the second half of the month due to the Chinese New Year holiday. The re-opening of the Mainland market to international travel also drove a recovery in passenger traffic between Hong Kong and Mainland China.

The start to a strong recovery is visible in these latest figures with the airport handling over 80,000 passengers daily at its peak last month. This volume of passengers is representative of approximately 40 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. Notably, international passenger flights also increased from 4,427 to 10,665 year-on-year, up 141 per cent.

The figures supplied by AAHK marking a promising start to the new year and bode well for the reopening of the region more broadly.


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Article by Jess Brownlow