Chek Lap Kok flying high after record-setting day

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 April, 2006, 12:00am

A total of 870 flights were handled at Chek Lap Kok, a new one-day record, as travellers left the city in their thousands to enjoy the long Easter break.

The Friday flights total represented an increase of about 13.4 per cent over the daily average of 767 flights, and broke the previous single-day record of 853, set on January 27.

Dozens of extra flights were laid on by airlines, most to destinations on the mainland and in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia.

Guangzhou was the most popular destination. Apart from the holiday, the opening of the Guangzhou Trade Fair also played a part in the increased air activity.

'The Civil Aviation Department is very encouraged by this new record, which reinforces Hong Kong's status as an international and regional aviation hub,' said a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Department.

'Our air traffic control staff will continue to strive to provide safe and efficient service during the holiday peak-traffic period.'