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Hong Kong Airport's cargo grows in May

Hong Kong International Airport handled almost 2 percent more cargo in May than the year before.

HKIA handled 339,000 tonnes of cargo, an increase of 1.8 percent. Flight movements set a new monthly record of 31,040, a 6.1 percent increase compared to the same month in 2012.

The growth in cargo throughput was driven by exports and transshipments, which were up 1 percent and 4 percent, respectively, from a year ago. During the month, cargo throughput to and from North America outperformed other regions.

“We are delighted that monthly flight movement has reached a new record high, beating the previous record of 30,799 set in December 2012,” Stanley Hui Hon-chung, CEO of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, said. "Although increasing demand is posing greater challenges, HKIA is dedicated to maintaining our high service standards.”

During the first five months of 2013, cargo volume also grew 2.2 percent to 1.6 million tonnes. Flight movements reached 150,080, an increase of 4.6 percent compared with the same period last year.

On a rolling 12-month basis, cargo volume of nearly 4.06 million tonnes was recorded, representing 3.5 percent growth. Flight movements rose by 4.8 percent year over year to 358,290.