Cathay Pacific and Dragonair's combined traffic
figures for the first month of 2015 show an increase in both the
number of passengers carried and the cargo and mail tonnage
uplifted compared to the same month in 2014.
Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a
total of 2,612,964 passengers in January – an increase of 2.7%
compared to the same month last year. The passenger load factor
shrank by 0.7 percentage points to 82.7% while capacity, measured
in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 7.3%.
Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue
Management, Patricia Hwang, said, “The month began well, with strong
returning traffic from the Christmas and New Year holidays.
However, the dip in demand between New Year and Chinese New Year
was steeper than anticipated and the increase in passenger numbers
failed to keep pace with the increase in capacity. Passenger yield
was impacted by the weakness in certain currencies, including the
euro, yen and the Canadian and Australian dollars, as well as a
shift in Chinese New Year which distorted year-on-year
The two airlines carried 147,275 tonnes of cargo
and mail last month, an increase of 12.5% compared to the previous
January. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 2.9 percentage
points to 63.4%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne
kilometres, rose by 8.9% while cargo and mail revenue tonne
kilometres (RTKs) flown were up by 14.1%.
General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing, Mark Sutch, said, “Demand
fell away, as expected, after the very busy end to 2014, but the
markets remained relatively buoyant, particularly on the North
American lanes. Traffic out of the key Hong Kong and Mainland
China markets was much stronger than in the same month last year.
We saw a pick-up in demand as January progressed and by the end of
the month we were operating close to a full freighter schedule. We
expect to see something of a mini-rush before the Chinese New Year
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