Hong Kong’s international airport said today it had recorded a sharp drop in passenger and cargo traffic amid the global economic crisis.
The airport said in a statement passenger numbers dropped 4.7% last month from September 2007 to 3.6 million people.
Cargo traffic fell 7.5% to 317,000 tonnes.
The statement quoted Airport Authority Chief Executive Stanley Hui as saying the steep declines “clearly reflected a very troubled global economy”.
Hui said air cargo traffic to and from the US and Europe had suffered a “significant” drop.
He said he expected airlines to scale back operations and postpone expansion plans as the aviation industry faced more difficult times in the coming months.