Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) welcomed its 70 millionth passenger shortly before the end of 2016, marking the first time in history that it has reached this figure.
The milestone comes just two years after HKIA crossed the 60m passenger barrier, and means that traffic at the airport has now increased almost 60% over the last decade.
The 70 millionth passenger arrived at HKIA on a Cathay Pacific flight from Bangkok on 29 December. She was rewarded with a two business class tickets to any Asian destination in Cathay’s network, plus a HK$30,000 (US$3,900) voucher from Hong Kong’s Airport Authority (AA).
“The AA is delighted to witness this strong growth momentum. We expect that all three traffic categories – passengers, cargo and flight movements – will set new annual records in 2016,” Jack So Chak-kwong, chairman of the AA. “To meet increasing passenger demand, the AA has initiated a number of major medium- and long-term developments. The construction of the three-runway system has commenced on 1 August this year, and in the meantime the expansion of Terminal 1 is underway.”
HKIA is one of the busiest airports in the world, handling approximately 1,100 daily flights on more than 100 airlines.