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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for January 2010

12 Feb 2010

Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for January 2010 that show a small increase in passenger volumes compared to the same month last year alongside a significant rise in cargo and mail tonnage.

In the first month of the year, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,100,354 passengers – up 0.4% on January 2009. The month’s passenger load factor was 83.8%, an increase of 4.3 percentage points, while capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), was down by 3.6%.

The two airlines carried a total of 132,586 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, up 31.1% on January last year. The cargo and mail load factor climbed 15.8 percentage points to 74.9% while capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was 0.9% down.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management Tom Owen said: “Our passenger numbers showed a marginal increase despite a reduction in capacity and the fact that Chinese New Year fell in January last year. The improved load factor reflects the continuing pick-up in traffic from the lows of the financial crisis, spurred by high volumes of returning traffic from the busy Christmas period. We were also encouraged to see premium passenger numbers continue to grow, though we still have a long way to go to get back to the yield levels we enjoyed before the economic downturn.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing Titus Diu said: “After a very strong end to 2009 we were pleased to see robust demand continue into the New Year. Direct comparisons with 2009 are distorted by the fact that our traffic volumes were being severely affected by the economic slump early last year. However, the fact that we had roughly the same capacity as the previous January but an almost 16-point increase in load factor shows the extent to which traffic has bounced back.”
CATHAY PACIFIC / DRAGONAIR
COMBINED TRAFFIC
Jan 2010

% change vs Dec 09

Cumulative Jan 2010

% change
YTD

RPK (000)
China 517,072 4.6% 517,072 4.6%
North East Asia 894,035 -1.0% 894,035 -1.0%
South East Asia & Middle East 1,682,062 7.0% 1,682,062 7.0%
Europe 1,471,730 -1.3% 1,471,730 -1.3%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,498,314 0.2% 1,498,314 0.2%
North America 1,945,587 0.8% 1,498,314 0.8%
RPK Total (000) 8,008,800 1.6% 8,008,800 1.6%
Passengers carried 2,100,354 0.4% 2,100,354 0.4%
Cargo and mail tonne km (000) 717,680 25.7% 717,680 25.7%
Cargo and mail carried (000Kg) 132,586 31.1% 132,586 31.1%
Number of flights 4,666 -6.8% 4,666 -6.8%
CATHAY PACIFIC / DRAGONAIR COMBINED CAPACITY
Jan 2010
% change
vs Jan 2010

Cumulative
Jan 2010

% change
YTD

ASK (000)
China 751,406 3.3% 751,406 3.3%
North East Asia 1,136,846 -14.7% 1,136,846 -14.7%
South East Asia & Middle East 2,106,991 -0.6% 2,106,991 -0.6%
Europe 1,676,958 -5.9% 1,676,958 -5.9%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,745,611 0.7% 1,745,611 0.7%
North America 2,138,925 -3.6% 2,138,925 -3.6%
ASK Total (000) 9,556,737 -3.6% 9,556,737 -3.6%
Passenger load factor 83.8% 4.3pt 83.8% 4.3pt
Available cargo and mail tonne km (000) 957,909 -0.9% 957,909 -0.9%
Cargo and mail load factor 74.9% 15.8pt 74.9% 15.8pt
ATK (000) 1,867,901 -2.2% 1,867,901 -2.2%
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