The Hong Kong International Airport, which handled about 4.2 million tons of cargo and airmail in 2022, has been crowned the world’s busiest cargo airport once again, said Secretary for Transport and Logistics Lam Sai-hung.
Lam was referring to figures released by the Airports Council International days ago as he noted that the achievements didn’t come easily.
Writing in his blog published on Saturday, Lam stressed that Hong Kong still has to formulate innovative policies to consolidate its status as an international maritime center and also an international aviation hub.
Lam pointed out that the Airport Authority (AA) has reserved land in the airport’s south cargo precinct, where a new premium warehouse will be built to support the development of cross-border e-commerce and high-value temperature-controlled airfreight.
A joint venture company led by logistics company Cainiao – a subsidiary of the Alibaba
Group – is in charge of this project, which is expected to boost the airport’s cargo traffic by another 1.7 million tons.
Lam expected the construction work to be finished within this year.
He also said the overall fees of the airport are generally lower than those of other international and Asian airports. He added the authority will closely monitor the market development and ensure the fees can help the airport maintain its competitiveness.
The Civil Aviation Department has also rolled out measures to attract airlines to fly their cargo flights to the SAR; like issuing guidelines to speed up flight applications, simplifying the application procedures, prioritizing extra flight applications by airlines, and temporarily exempting cargo flights from handing over certain documents and information.