Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) today welcomed its 60 millionth passenger of the year, marking the first time it has reached the milestone.
Jeffrey Cheung, who was flying from Manchester to Hong Kong, was the 60 millionth passenger, and was presented with 48 gifts worth more than HK$180,000 (US$23,200), including two round-trip business class tickets with Cathay Pacific.
“We are very proud that HKIA is one of the very few airports in the world that ranks near the top in both passenger and cargo volumes,” said Fred Lam, CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA).
“In only four years’ time, our passenger volume has surged 20% from 50m in 2010 to a new milestone of 60m today. Special thanks go to the over 65,000-strong airport community. Without their dedication and hard work, HKIA would never have been able to become one of the world’s busiest and finest airports.”
Currently, HKIA is connected to approximately 180 destinations worldwide, including 44 in mainland China, handling about 1,100 daily flights with more than 100 airlines.
And the airline will expand even further in future, with plans for a new midfield concourse and a third runway.