HK airport braces for flights record

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 October, 2005, 12:00am

Hong Kong International Airport is bracing for a record number of flights on October 14, with 835 arrivals and departures having been scheduled.

That is 8 per cent up on the average 770 flight movements a day, according to the Civil Aviation Department.

'In October, the National Day holiday [today], the Chung Yeung Festival holiday [October 11] and the Guangzhou Trade Fair, to be held from October 15, fall over a two-week period, boosting the demand for air travel,' a department spokesman said.

The department has approved requests by eight airlines to operate 75 additional charter flights from October 1 to 14.

'All requests received have been accepted,' the spokesman said.

Airlines that have already submitted the requests plan to operate flights to seven destinations in Japan and South Korea, five destinations on the mainland, two in Southeast Asia, two in Australia and two in the Middle East.

Taipei is the most popular destination, followed by Guangzhou, Kaohsiung and Guilin .

The previous record high of 786 flight movements in a single day occurred on March 25, during the Easter holidays.