Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carried a total
of 3,111,270 in March 2019, an increase of 2.5% compared to March
The passenger load factor decreased 1.3
percentage points to 83.9%, while capacity, measured in available
seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 4.9%.
In the first three months of 2019, the
number of passenger carried grew by 3.7% while capacity increased
Cathay Pacific Director Commercial and Cargo,
Ronald Lam, said, “It should be noted that the later Easter
holiday this year resulted in some distortion in our passenger
revenue growth comparison. Passenger volumes were unable to keep
pace with capacity growth during March, with yield also coming
under pressure in both Business and Economy Class cabins.
Meanwhile, the outlook for April, which includes the Easter peak,
The two airlines carried 185,156 tonnes of cargo
and mail last month, a drop of 2.5% compared to the same month
The cargo and mail load factor fell by 2.2 percentage
points to 68.5%. Capacity, measured in available freight tonne
kilometres (AFTKs), was up by 0.3% while cargo and mail revenue
freight tonne kilometres (RFTKs) dropped by 2.9%.
In the first
three months of 2019, the tonnage fell by 4.9% against a 0.2% dip
in capacity and a 5.5% decrease in RFTKs.
“On the cargo side, we continue to see a trend
of year-on-year decline in both volume and yield. However some
slight improvements were seen in March when compared to the
previous two months, including from our key markets of Hong Kong
and mainland China to both regional and long-haul destinations. We
continue to closely observe China-US trade talk developments and
their impact on global trade flows,” Mr. Lam added.