and Dragonair's combined traffic figures for November 2008 show a slide in the number of passengers carried and a steep drop
in cargo and mail tonnage compared to the same month last year.
In November, the two airlines carried a total of 1,978,264 passengers – a decline of 2.2% on the same month in 2007, while the load factor dipped
by 4.7 percentage points to 75.7%. Capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), was up 7.4% over the same month last
year. For the year to date, the number of passengers carried has risen by 8.1% compared to a capacity rise of 13.5%.
Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 131,758 tonnes of cargo and mail in November, down 15.4% on the same month last year, while
capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, fell by 3.8%. The cargo and mail load factor dropped by 5.3 percentage points to
64.5%. For the year to date, cargo and mail tonnage has climbed by 0.6% compared to a capacity rise of 2.2%.
Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management Tom Owen
said, “We saw further weakening in many of our key passenger markets in
November, with Hong Kong suffering a particularly sharp drop in demand, especially on the corporate side. Passenger numbers in the back end
of the aircraft also weakened across the network, but nowhere near the dramatic decline in premium traffic. This decline intensified on long-haul
as well as regional routes, as companies curtailed travel or traded
Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing Titus Diu
added, “November is traditionally one of the busiest months in the airfreight
business but this year the peak simply didn’t happen. Demand was much weaker than expected in most of the markets we operate in, with a
sharp falloff in Hong Kong in particular. We worked to further reduce our capacity in light of the general situation and we have announced we
will park three of our freighters – two from Cathay Pacific and one from Dragonair – with effect from January 2009.”
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