The implementation of flight rescheduling and overnight operation of both runways at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) have helped to clear the backlog of passengers affected by Typhoon Hato, gradually returning the airport to normal operations today.
HKIA handled approximately 600 flights between 1700hrs yesterday and 0600hrs this morning – double the number of flight movements compared with normal days.
The operation of HKIA is back to normal today, and is expected to handle more than 1,200 flights to and from Hong Kong today. The airport is continuing flight rescheduling today till midnight, and by then all remaining passengers affected by the typhoon are expected to have been handled.
Fred Lam, chief executive officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), said, “I’m grateful that, with the collaborative efforts of the airport community, we have managed to handle flights affected by the typhoon efficiently and resume normal operations within a short period of time.
“Airport staff performed their duties under very challenging conditions during the typhoon. The AA maintained effective communications with our business partners, who strengthened their manpower and services and worked with us to deal with the affected flights and assist passengers. This demonstrates the efficiency and team spirit of the entire airport community.”