March sees record-breaking 2.6m passengers at HK International Airport


1st April 2023 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong International Airport has recorded a staggering surge in passenger traffic, according to the Secretary for Transport and Logistics, Lam Sai-hung. In a recent blog post, Lam stated that the airport saw 4.2 million passengers in the first two months of the year, an increase of about 26 times from the same period last year. The month of March alone witnessed over 2.6 million passengers, with 26th March marking a significant milestone, as the airport saw a record-breaking 830,000 arrivals, making up nearly 60% of pre-pandemic levels.

Despite the pandemic-induced restrictions, Hong Kong’s aviation industry is gradually bouncing back. With the upcoming Easter holidays, Lam anticipates a significant rise in the number of locals taking vacations abroad. The transport and logistics department has requested public transport operators to add extra manpower to assist passengers at key stations and terminals.

However, Lam pointed out that the biggest challenge in the industry’s recovery is the shortage of personnel. The government is currently working with the Airport Authority and industry representatives to come up with viable solutions to address this issue. With over 120 airlines offering flights to about 150 destinations, Hong Kong’s aviation network is on the path to recovery.

Lam has emphasised that the airport authorities are committed to providing a safe and seamless travel experience for passengers. In light of the increasing number of travellers, additional measures have been put in place to minimise congestion at the airport. Enhanced sanitation protocols and social distancing measures are being enforced, and passengers are encouraged to check-in online before arriving at the airport.

In addition, the airport authorities have set up a COVID-19 testing facility in the arrivals hall to cater to passengers who require a test before departing. Passengers can also opt for the on-site testing service before boarding their flights. The government’s plans to address the personnel shortage in the aviation industry are in line with their long-term goal of achieving sustainable human resource management. The Transport and Logistics department has completed a new round of manpower surveys, and is currently reviewing industry feedback and survey results to explore various options