Kong airport flights up 6%; strong euro boosts
Hong Kong International Airport, Asia's third-busiest,
said the number of flights it handled in the
six months through September rose 6 percent
as a stronger euro boosted demand for Asia's
Planes carrying cargo increased 8.5 percent
to 23,205 and passenger traffic rose 5.3 percent
to 123,405, Airport Authority Hong Kong said
in a statement Sunday. The European currency
climbed 5.5 percent against the Hong Kong dollar
in the same period.
"The long-haul freight markets to the U.S.
and Europe have been particularly robust, with
the latter benefiting from the appreciation
of the euro," Chief Executive Officer Stanley
Hui said in the statement.