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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for September 2010

14 Oct 2010

Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for September 2010 that showed rises in the number of passengers and amount of cargo and mail carried compared to the same month in 2009, coupled with increases in both passenger and cargo capacity.

 

The two airlines carried a total of 2,178,726 passengers in September – up 18.4% on the same month last year. The passenger load factor was 81.8%, a rise of 1.6 percentage points, while capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), was up by 12.9%. For the year to date, the number of passengers carried is up 10.9% compared to an ASK rise of 3.0%.

 

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried 146,152 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, up 9.6% on September last year. The cargo and mail load factor was 69.8%, a drop of 4.6 percentage points, while capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was up by 25.4%. For the year to date, tonnage has grown by 20.5% compared to a capacity increase of 12.7%.

 

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management Tom Owen said: "Our passenger traffic remained robust as we moved from the summer holiday season into what is traditionally the period when premium demand picks up. High load factors were seen across the system in September and demand in our Economy cabins held firm. Premium volumes and quality grew strongly against 2009 but still lagged 2008, although this gap will begin to close in the months ahead as the negative impact of the financial crisis on premium demand began to bite hard from late September 2008."

 

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing James Woodrow said: "We increased our capacity in September in preparation for the upcoming cargo peak, with all our freighters back in operation and a number of frequencies added on key trunk routes. Demand was up compared to September 2009, but at the same time we saw a significant increase in competitor capacity to Europe and North America. This led to a decrease in our overall load factor to below 70%."

CATHAY PACIFIC / DRAGONAIR
COMBINED TRAFFIC
September 2010

% change vs Sep09

Cumulative Sep 2010

% change
YTD

RPK (000)
China 648,048 41.0% 5,692,484 31.2%
North East Asia 949,896 15.7% 8,904,259 15.1%
South East Asia 990,249 17.6% 8,709,457 8.3%
India, Middle East, Pakistan & Sri Lanka 647,860 7.0% 6,361,967 9.0%
Europe 1,628,428 19.2% 13,546,428 2.4%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,117,544 2.6% 10,808,566 1.7%
North America 1,942,325 14.7% 17,974,454 9.4%
RPK Total (000) 7,924,350 15.2% 71,997,615 8.7%
Passengers carried 2,178,726 18.4% 20,040,962 10.9%
Cargo and mail tonne km (000) 840,433 17.6% 7,407,009 25.2%
Cargo and mail carried (000Kg) 146,152 9.6% 1,324,119 20.5%
Number of flights 5,023 12.9% 43,761 3.9%
CATHAY PACIFIC / DRAGONAIR COMBINED CAPACITY
September 2010
% change
vs Sep 2010

Cumulative
Sep 2010

% change
YTD

ASK (000)
China 819,348 19.9% 7,157,171 14.2%
North East Asia 1,196,994 11.8% 10,686,446 0.1%
South East Asia 1,273,296 9.5% 10,567,933 1.2%
India, Middle East, Pakistan & Sri Lanka 885,971 3.1% 8,206,042 6.1%
Europe 1,840,759 23.6% 15,561,009 0.0%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,403,441 6.6% 13,516,978 1.7%
North America 2,267,138 13.7% 19,788,070 3.0%
ASK Total (000) 9,686,947 12.9% 85,483,649 3.0%
Passenger load factor 81.8% 1.6pt 84.2% 4.3pt
Available cargo and mail tonne km (000) 1,204,215 25.4% 9,736,845 12.7%
Cargo and mail load factor 69.8% -4.6pt 76.1% 7.6pt
ATK (000) 2,126,227 19.6% 17,874,500 8.1%
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