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Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for July 2011

16 Aug 2011

Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for July 2011 showing a year-on-year increase in passenger numbers alongside a rise in capacity. Cargo and mail tonnage showed a decline compared to the same month in 2010.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,524,206 passengers last month – up 1.6% on the same month last year – while the passenger load factor fell by 1.4 percentage points to 86.1%. Capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), was up by 7.0%. For the year to date, the number of passengers carried increased by 1.7% while capacity was up by 9.4%.

The two airlines carried 140,050 tonnes of cargo and mail in July, an 8.6% decrease compared to the same month last year, while the cargo and mail load factor was down 9.4 percentage points to 66.6%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was up by 4.2%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown were down by 8.6%. For the year to date, tonnage has dropped by 5.2% compared to a capacity increase of 12.9%.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management James Tong said: "Passenger traffic held up well in the first month of this year’s summer peak, though the increase in passenger numbers didn’t keep pace with the year-on-year increase in capacity and our load factor fell as a result. The weakness on routes such as Shanghai, Japan and the Middle East continued, but key long-haul routes held up well, as did traffic in Southeast Asia. Our premium business remained strong, with both volumes and yield showing growth over 2010.”

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing James Woodrow said: “There was no real change from the previous month’s market situation, with weak demand continuing out of both Hong Kong and Mainland China. India routes continued to perform well and the new service to Bengaluru, which launched on 1 August, got off to a solid start. We expect the markets to remain soft through to mid-September. However, our long-term confidence in Hong Kong as an airfreight hub was confirmed by our order for eight new Boeing 777-200 Freighters.”

CATHAY PACIFIC / DRAGONAIR
COMBINED TRAFFIC
Jul2011 % change vs Jul10 Cumulative Jul2011 % change
YTD

RPK (000)
China 698,797 -5.3% 4,204,683 -3.0%
North East Asia 952,702 -16.2% 6,118,699 -10.2%
South East Asia 1,223,316 16.5% 7,600,899 14.0%
India, Middle East, Pakistan & Sri Lanka 810,620 8.7% 5,019,478 -0.3%
Europe 1,828,020 3.0% 10,884,364 6.6%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,260,351 6.1% 8,182,387 -4.6%
North America 2,498,413 15.4% 15,738,330 12.9%
RPK Total (000) 9,272,219 5.4% 57,748,840 3.9%
Passengers carried 2,524,206 1.6% 15,700,067 1.7%
Cargo and mail tonne km (000) 836,580 -8.6% 5,645,598 -0.9%
Cargo and mail carried (000Kg) 140,050 -11.0% 975,930 -5.2%
Number of flights 5,485 5.4% 36,654 9.3%
CATHAY PACIFIC / DRAGONAIR COMBINED CAPACITY Jul2011 % change
vs Jul2011
Cumulative
Jul2011
% change
YTD

ASK (000)
China 871,377 2.4% 5,819,406 5.9%
North East Asia 1,209,974 -6.2% 8,706,576 6.2%
South East Asia 1,415,709 15.2% 9,130,020 13.6%
India, Middle East, Pakistan & Sri Lanka 1,004,606 8.0% 6,550,585 2.3%
Europe 1,974,059 2.1% 13,133,520 11.6%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,544,467 4.5% 10,988,090 3.2%
North America 2,743,835 17.0% 17,571,493 15.8%
ASK Total (000) 10,764,027 7.0% 71,899,690 9.4%
Passenger load factor 86.1% -1.4pt 80.3% -4.3pt
Available cargo and mail tonne km (000) 1,255,208 4.2% 8,285,900 12.9%
Cargo and mail load factor 66.6% -9.4pt 68.1% -9.6pt
ATK (000) 2,278,846 5.4% 15,125,272 11.2%