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Hong Kong hope to strengthen its position as the world’s leading air cargo hub

Hong Kong is likely to regain the world's busiest cargo airport, and passenger traffic at the airport is expected to fully recover to pre-pandemic levels this year, the Financial Secretary said on Tuesday at World Cargo Symposium.

Three-runway system to be completed by the end of this year, will be able to handle 120 million passenger trips and more than 10 million tonnes of cargo annually in 2035,

Paul Chan Mo-po said during the opening remarks of the World Cargo Symposium at the AsiaWorld-Expo.

"Hong Kong is also cooperating with other cities in the Greater Bay Area to enable Hong Kong International Airport to fulfil its role as the logistics gateway of the Greater Bay Area and the world premier air cargo hub," he added.

Brendan Sullivan, the IATA’s Global head of Cargo(second on the left), the chief executive Officers from two Hong Kong air cargo corporations(third and fourth on the right) attend the ceremony

Later on Tuesday, Cathay Cargo and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals were awarded the full environmental assessment certification at the symposium, becoming the first two air cargo terminals to receive the certification in Asia.

Hong Kong International Airport is involved in transporting goods to more than 10 countries and reached half of world’s population in five hours

The International Air Transport Association certification, is a comprehensive evaluation of companies' environmental sustainability management systems and their plans for continual performance improvement.

“Having IATA environment certified facilities at Hong Kong International Airport strengthens Hong Kong’s position as the world’s leading air cargo hub and is reflective of the strong sustainability culture and vision of Hong Kong,” said Mark Watts in a press release, Cathay Cargo Terminal’s Chief Operating Officer.

Cathy Cargo's booth at World Cargo Symposium attracts some industry professionals to network

"Before the outbreak, the Hong Kong International Airport had more than 1,100 daily flights connecting to over 220 destinations,” Chan said. “At the end of last year, passenger throughput was back to 80 percent of pre-outbreak levels.

According to the data, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport's total passenger throughput in 2023 reached 2 million tonnes, significantly ahead of Hong Kong's because of its fast recovery of domestic flights.

"We have started to build a logistics centre in Dongguan where airfreight pallets can be transported by water directly to the terminal on the airport side and boarded," he said, "and we are looking at doing the same thing on the west side of Zhuhai."

China National Civil Aviation Administration has announced that the competitiveness of the airports in Guangzhou and Shenzhen should be enhanced while strengthening Hong Kong's position as an international aviation hub, and to position the airports in Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai as the "Three Gateway Complex Hub Airports".

Alina Festisova (right) talks about the various competition both at home and abroad faced by Hong Kong aviation industry

“How can these air cargo giants of Hong Kong maintain their advantages and bring their roles into full play, and how can they consolidate Hong Kong's position as a shipping hub,” Alina Festisova, the speaker from the International Trade Center said, “these are still questions.”

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