Hong Kong's Airport Sets New Single-Day Record for Flights

Hong Kong's airport handled 870 flight movements on Friday - a new single-day record for the facility, the Civil Aviation Department said Saturday.

The heavy traffic was due to the start of the long Easter holiday weekend, a popular time for Hong Kongers to travel, the department said in a statement.

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

The 870 flight movements marked a 13.4 percent jump in the daily average of 767 movements, the statement said. The previous single-day record was set on Jan. 27 when there was 853 flight movements, the department said.

Most of the extra flights were to mainland China, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, the statement said. The most popular destination was China's southern city of Guangzhou, followed by Bangkok, Thailand, and Osaka, Japan, it said.

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