January air cargo throughput at Hong Kong International Airport grew by 21.2 percent from last year to 334,000 tonnes, Airport Authority Hong Kong announced.
The airport also registered 30,290 aircraft movements, marking an increase of 4.4 percent compared to the same month last year.
All major HKIA markets showed growth in January with Taiwan and North America leading among the regions.
Stanley Hui Hon-chung, CEO of AAHK, said the increase in air cargo throughput was due to the timing of the Chinese New Year, which fell on Feb. 10. In 2012, the New Year was in January.
There is typically decreased air cargo activity during the New Year.
“With most factories on the mainland closed for the Chinese New Year holidays, air cargo is expected to decline in February over last year,” Hui said.