Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is the world's busiest cargo gateway and one of the world's busiest passenger airports. It is located less than five flying hours from half of the world's population. In 2016, HKIA welcomed 70.5 million passengers and handled 4.52 million tonnes of cargo. The airport is connected to about 190 destinations, including 42 in the Mainland, through about 1,100 daily flights operated by more than 100 airlines. Since its opening in July 1998, HKIA adheres to four core values – Safety, Efficiency, Customer Service and Environment. This commitment has earned the airport the recognition as the world's best airport for over 60 times.