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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for February 2010

12 Mar 2010

  Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for February 2010 that show a sharp rise in passenger volumes and cargo and mail tonnage compared to the same month last year when the impact of the global downturn was being deeply felt.


Last month, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,062,187 passengers – up 14% on February 2009. The month’s passenger load factor was 84.1%, an increase of 7.5 percentage points, while capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), rose by 0.7%. For the first two months of 2010 combined, the number of passengers carried was up 6.7% compared to an ASK drop of 1.6%.


The two airlines carried a total of 119,801 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, up 18.7% on February last year. The cargo and mail load factor was 77.1%, a rise of 12.4 percentage points, while capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was 2.1% down. For the year to date, a tonnage rise of 24.9% compares to a capacity decline of 1.5%.


Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management Tom Owen said:  “The rise in passenger numbers and load factor in February was largely a result of Chinese New Year falling a month later than in 2009, although a general pick-up in the quality of demand since the lows of last year’s economic crisis has continued. Demand was buoyant across both airlines’ networks over the two-week Lunar New Year period, and we were encouraged to see the continuation of premium traffic growth after the holiday period ended. However premium volumes and yields in all cabins remain materially below pre-downturn levels."


Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing Titus Diu said: “We experienced a spike in demand prior to Chinese New Year but then, as expected, there was softening in the key Mainland markets over the holiday period. However, demand for the month as a whole was fairly robust and the fact that we cancelled a number of scheduled services helped us to achieve a high load factor together with some increases in yield.”

RPK (000)
CATHAY PACIFIC / DRAGONAIR
COMBINED TRAFFIC
Feb 2010

% change vs Feb 09

Cumulative Feb 2010

% change
YTD

China 573,339 32.2% 1,090,411 17.5%
North East Asia 936,572 19.1% 1,830,607 8.4%
South East Asia & Middle East 1,533,391 14.5% 3,215,453 10.5%
Europe 1,305,063 3.3% 2,776,793 0.8%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,337,776 9.9% 2,836,090 4.6%
North America 1,667,079 3.4% 3,612,666 2.0%
RPK Total (000) 7,353,220 10.5% 15,362,020 5.7%
Passengers carried 2,062,187 14.0% 4,162,541 6.7%
Cargo and mail tonne km (000) 640,139 16.6% 1,357,820 21.2%
Cargo and mail carried (000Kg) 119,801 18.7% 252,388 24.9%
Number of flights 4,387 -1.0% 9,053 -4.1%
ASK (000)
CATHAY PACIFIC / DRAGONAIR COMBINED CAPACITY
Feb 2010
% change
vs Feb 09

Cumulative
Feb 2010

% change
YTD

China 712,478 10.2% 1,463,884 6.6%
North East Asia 1,164,641 0.6% 2,301,488 -7.6%
South East Asia & Middle East 1,917,324 3.0% 4,024,314 1.1%
Europe 1,498,710 -7.0% 3,175,668 -6.4%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,582,202 4.1% 3,327,813 2.3%
North America 1,867,341 -0.8% 4,006,266 -2.3%
ASK Total (000) 8,742,696 0.7% 18,299,433 -1.6%
Passenger load factor 84.1% 7.5pt 83.9% 5.7pt
Available cargo and mail tonne km (000) 830,362 -2.1% 1,788,271 -1.5%
Cargo and mail load factor 77.1% 12.4pt 75.9% 14.2pt
ATK (000) 1,662,576 -0.7% 3,530,477 -1.5%
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