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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for November 2010

13 Dec 2010


Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for November 2010 that showed an increase in the number of passengers and amount of cargo and mail carried compared to the same month last year, together with a significant increase in capacity.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,181,995 passengers in November – up 8.7% on the same month in 2009. The passenger load factor was down by 1.5 percentage points to 80.5%, while capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), was up by 11.2%. For the year to date, the number of passengers carried is up 11.0% compared to an ASK rise of 4.6%.

The two airlines carried 153,572 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, up 8.4% on November last year. The cargo and mail load factor was down 5.2 percentage points to 71.6%, while capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was up by 21.6%. For the year to date, tonnage has grown by 18.7% and cargo/mail tonne kilometres by 23.9% compared to a capacity increase of 14.9%.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management Tom Owen said: "Demand held up well across the network in November. There was a drop in the Economy Class load factor compared to the same month in 2009, as a result of the significant increase in capacity over the same period and the strengthening base we saw in November 2009. The Hong Kong market remained robust, and we continued to see good passenger demand on our China routes and within the region. Premium demand saw an increase in revenue quality and volumes across most routes when compared to the same period in 2009."

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing James Woodrow said: "The cargo peak season continued throughout November with good demand and yields out of Hong Kong on all key routes. The load factor remained high, despite a big increase in capacity year on year, helped by good support from our contract agent partners. We operated according to our full freighter schedule and continued to mount extra sectors and charters where possible in line with market demand."
CATHAY PACIFIC / DRAGONAIR
COMBINED TRAFFIC
November 2010 % change vs Nov09 Cumulative Nov2010 % change
YTD

RPK (000)
China 568,342 6.9% 6,922,075 28.0%
North East Asia 960,202 16.3% 10,871,059 15.4%
South East Asia 1,036,788 14.2% 10,746,994 9.3%
India, Middle East, Pakistan & Sri Lanka 693,120 -3.2% 7,756,592 6.9%
Europe 1,424,121 11.6% 16,580,556 4.5%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,216,178 0.4% 13,258,964 1.9%
North America 2,033,975 12.6% 22,105,814 10.3%
RPK Total (000) 7,932,726 9.0% 88,242,054 9.2%
Passengers carried 2,181,995 8.7% 24,516,464 11.0%
Cargo and mail tonne km (000) 881,103 13.5% 9,244,468 23.9%
Cargo and mail carried (000Kg) 153,572 8.4% 1,642,619 18.7%
Number of flights 5,185 15.0% 54,233 5.8%
CATHAY PACIFIC / DRAGONAIR COMBINED CAPACITY November 2010 % change
vs Nov2010
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Cumulative
Nov 2010
% change
YTD

ASK (000)
China 812,312 18.7% 8,835,829 15.1%
North East Asia 1,303,506 19.0% 13,260,508 2.8%
South East Asia 1,213,426 10.2% 13,033,205 2.8%
India, Middle East, Pakistan & Sri Lanka 920,001 1.7% 10,053,224 5.2%
Europe 1,748,643 18.1% 19,136,818 3.1%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,555,137 1.5% 16,571,842 2.2%
North America 2,306,333 11.4% 24,437,878 5.7%
ASK Total (000) 9,859,358 11.2% 105,329,304 4.6%
Passenger load factor 80.5% -1.5pt 83.8% 3.5pt
Available cargo and mail tonne km (000) 1,230,074 21.6% 12,240,323 14.9%
Cargo and mail load factor 71.6% -5.2pt 75.5% 5.5pt
ATK (000) 2,168,569 16.8% 22,266,834 10.0%