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Cathay Pacific Releases Combined Traffic Figures For September 2013

18 Oct 2013

Cathay Pacific Airways has released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for September 2013 that show passenger numbers rising despite decreased capacity, alongside a year-on-year drop in cargo and mail tonnage.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,379,812 passengers in September – an increase of 6% compared to the same month last year. The passenger load factor was up 3.2 percentage points to 81.4%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), fell by 0.4%. For the year to date, the number of passengers carried has increased by 2.9% while capacity has fallen by 3.3%.

The two airlines carried 128,610 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, a drop of 4.4% compared to September 2012. The cargo and mail load factor fell by 3.5 percentage points to 59.3%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, rose by 2.2% while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres were down by 3.5%. For the year to date, tonnage has fallen by 1.9% compared to a 0.5% capacity increase.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management James Tong said: “Demand in the premium cabins usually picks up as we enter into the corporate travel peak, and our performance has been in line with expectations, with improvements in both yield and load factor. Our short-haul routes did well, with the Mid Autumn Festival spurring leisure traffic out of Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan and Korea. However, Typhoon Usagi had a negative impact on our business, and currencies continued to work against us.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing Mark Sutch said: “Cargo revenue was behind budget when we expected to have moved fully into the peak season, with tonnage and load factor falling despite a slight capacity increase. The bright spot in our network is China, which saw a month-end, pre-National Holiday rush with tonnage jumping by double digits. The Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal’s transition to full operation in early October is an important milestone and we look forward to improving the quality of the services and products we can offer to our customers.”

Cathay Pacific / Dragonair Combined Traffic SEP
2013
% Change
VS SEP 12
Cumulative
SEP 2013
% Change
YTD
RPK (000)        
China 694,345 7.5% 6,246,113
4.8%
North East Asia 1,040,137
11.4% 9,846,544
7.7%
South East Asia 1,099,146
3.8% 10,882,514
3.5%
India, Middle East, Pakistan and Sri Lanka 612,190
-3.5% 6,035,231
-4.2%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,129,651
-0.1% 10,381,530
-1.0%
North America 2,194,078
3.2% 20,205,392
-9.0%
Europe 1,675,594
3.4% 14,342,385
2.2%
RPK Total (000) 8,445,141
3.6% 77,939,709
-0.9%
Passengers Carried 2,379,812
6.0% 22,305,619
2.9%
Cargo and mail tonne km (000) 721,928
-3.5% 6,273,059
-3.4%
Cargo and mail carried (000kg) 128,610
-4.4% 1,114,806
-1.9%
Number of flights 5,848
3.2% 53,241
5.0%

Cathay Pacific / Dragonair Combined Capacity SEP
2013
% Change
VS SEP 12
Cumulative
SEP 2013
% Change
YTD
ASK (000)        
China 944,894
1.2% 8,598,332
5.5%
North East Asia 1,330,069
-5.0% 12,641,563
0.1%
South East Asia 1,417,630
-5.2% 13,580,309
2.2%
India, Middle East, Pakistan and Sri Lanka 831,403
-7.6% 7,940,477
-3.9%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,366,368
-3.7% 13,026,001
-5.6%
North America 2,596,277
4.2% 22,643,234
-10.8%
Europe 1,889,105
6.2% 16,205,464
-1.0%
ASK Total (000) 10,375,746
-0.4% 94,635,380
-3.3%
Passenger Load Factor 81.4% 3.2pt 82.4% 2.0pt
Available Cargo/mail tonne km (000) 1,217,551
2.2% 10,221,450
0.5%
Cargo and mail load factor 59.3% -3.5pt 61.4% -2.5pt
ATK (000) 2,204,227
1.0% 19,220,556
-1.3%


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Ian Herald, Marketing Services Manager, NZ, Ph 09 379 0833
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