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Choking on success: Kai Tak Airport has reached its cargo saturation point, which, together with events in China, has slowed growth to a crawl. (Hong Kong)

Kai Tak Airport has reached its cargo saturation point, which, together with events in China, has slowed growth to a crawl. But help is on the way.

Hong Kong-Air-cargo traffic slowed significantly at Kai Tak Airport during 1989, although it isn't a harbinger of impending doom so much as an indication that things aren't as wonderful as once they were.

During the 6-year 1984-89 period, airfreight traffic went from 417,000 metric tonnes to 730,000, a 75% increase. A 23.3% growth was reported in 1986,12.9% in 1987 and 12.5% in 1988. Last year, Hong Kong reported only a 5% increase in total tonnage carried. Surpassed capacity

Kai Tak Airport is the world's sixth-largest in terms of air cargo. However, it has surpassed its cargo saturation point of 720,000 tonnes and growth will be virtually stagnant until its second cargo facility, started last year by Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals, Ltd. (HACTL) and intended to double the airport's freight capacity, is completed in mid-1991. …

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