11.11m passengers to pass through HK
The Immigration Department estimates that around 11.11 million passengers will pass through Hong Kong’s sea, land and air control points during the upcoming Christmas and New Year festive periods (from Dec 20 to 26 and from Dec 31 to Jan 5). This represents a rise of about 7.6 percent over the corresponding period last year. Of these, 74 percent, or around 8.25 million passengers, will pass through land boundary control points. The number of outbound passengers using land boundary control points will peak on Dec 25 with around 376,000 passengers departing Hong Kong while the number of inbound passengers will be at its highest on Dec 26 with around 371,000 arriving in Hong Kong. Lo Wu will be the busiest control point. It is estimated that there will be around 3.36 million passengers, with a daily average of about 258,000 passengers, travelling via the control point during the festive periods. in September-November. Secretary for Labor and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate had been holding steady at a low level since the second quarter of 2013.