The decline of Hong Kong's air traffic has been slowing, according to the Airport Authority's latest figures. This news comes after the government reported the city's first economic growth in more than a year, with second-quarter gross domestic product up 3.3 per cent on the first quarter. The authority said cargo traffic had bounced back from the double-digit plunges recorded since November. Last month Chek Lap Kok airport handled 291,000 tonnes of cargo, four million passengers and 23,315 flights - representing a year-on-year drop of 8.3 per cent, 9.5 per cent and 9.9 per cent, respectively. The number of Hong Kong residents flying had seen yearly growth of about 3 per cent, while visitor numbers dropped 17 per cent and transfer or transit passengers dipped 10 per cent. Airport Authority chief executive Stanley Hui Hon-chung said passenger traffic had been boosted with the summer holidays and receding anxiety about swine flu. He believed the overall figures would see milder drops in the coming months but it would take some time before performance returned to pre-crisis levels. 'The latest figures indicate that the downward momentum may have slowed,' Mr Hui said. 'The business climate is still challenging as economic activities remain low.'