Simple Flying - Andrew Curran
In 2019, Hong Kong International Airport handled 71.5 million passengers and 419,730 flight movements. HKIA was a bona fide global aviation hub and, for many passengers, their jumping-off point into Asia. Fast-forward two years, and in 2021 Hong Kong Airport handled 1.4 million passengers and 144,815 flights.
Many observers thought 2019 was a tough year for HKIA, with pro-democracy protests paralyzing the city and the airport. But the pandemic's start in early 2020 rendered those protests sideshows as far as impact on Hong Kong Airport goes. Since then, the passenger and airline traffic through the airport has worsened, and a COVID-zero policy from Chinese and Hong Kong Governments suggests there's no immediate relief on the horizon.