Jump to main content

Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for April 2010

12 May 2010

Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for April 2010 that show a fall in the number of passengers carried, largely as a result of the disruptions caused by the volcano ash cloud in Europe. Cargo and mail tonnage, however, showed a considerable rise over the low base of the previous year.

 

Last month, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,169,475 passengers – down 3.6% on April 2009. The month’s passenger load factor was 83.9%, an increase of 1.3 percentage points, while capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), fell by 5.8%. In the first four months of the year, the number of passengers carried rose by 3.7% compared to an ASK drop of 2.7%.

 

The two airlines carried a total of 152,808 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, up 24.1% on April last year. The cargo and mail load factor was 79.3%, a rise of 13.6 percentage points, while capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was up by 6.4%. For the year to date, tonnage has risen by 24.1% compared to a capacity increase of 1.1%.

 

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management Tom Owen said: "Both the number of passengers carried and our capacity were affected by the volcanic ash induced six-day closure of airspace over most of Europe.  However, on all other routes our business held up well, with volume and yield trends continuing to improve over the lows of 2009. The Easter holidays spurred leisure traffic out of Hong Kong, and we capitalised on this with some additional flights. We also saw a continuation of the pick-up in demand in our premium cabins, helped by the regional Trade Fairs. The outlook through to the summer peak season is currently solid, and we continue to resume some of the capacity cut back last year over the next few months."

 

Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Mainland China & Hong Kong James Woodrow said: "Traffic on our key European routes was hit by the volcanic ash cloud disruptions, but we are able to redeploy the capacity to good effect on routes to India, the Middle East and North America. Demand across the network remained strong throughout the month, particular out of the key Hong Kong and Shanghai markets. Where possible we have been mounting extra sectors and charter flights in response to market needs, and we announced recently that our three remaining parked freighters will soon return from the desert.”

 

The full April figures are on the next page.

CATHAY PACIFIC / DRAGONAIR
COMBINED TRAFFIC
Apr 2010

% change vs Feb 09

Cumulative Apr 2010

% change
YTD

RPK (000)
China 636,510 10.8% 2,317,019 15.7%
North East Asia 962,826 1.2% 3,770,086 6.9%
South East Asia 948,502 0.1% 3,720,518 1.3%
India, Middle East, Pakistan & Sri Lanka 703,426 2.1% 2,889,156 17.5%
Europe 1,222,800 -21.9% 5,526,630 -5.5%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,138,621 -10.9% 5,281,170 1.4%
North America 1,938,139 3.1% 7,490,586 2.9%
RPK Total (000) 7,550,824 -4.3% 30,995,165 3.3%
Passengers carried 2,169,475 -3.6% 8,553,710 3.7%
Cargo and mail tonne km (000) 828,616 28.4% 3,054,407 23.1%
Cargo and mail carried (000Kg) 152,808 24.1% 564,466 24.1%
Number of flights 4,748 -4.0% 18,588 -3.8%
CATHAY PACIFIC / DRAGONAIR COMBINED CAPACITY
Apr 2010
% change
vs Apr 09

Cumulative
Apr 2010

% change
YTD

ASK (000)
China 785,834 4.4% 3,031,649 6.6%
North East Asia 1,151,154 -9.2% 4,578,745 -8.8%
South East Asia 1,159,606 -1.6% 4,539,382 -3.7%
India, Middle East, Pakistan & Sri Lanka 897,710 3.4% 3,646,677 8.2%
Europe 1,485,697 -20.8% 6,344,270 -10.3%
South West Pacific & South Africa 1,367,827 -7.5% 6,344,027 -0.6%
North America 2,146,648 1.3% 8,236,380 -1.0%
ASK Total (000) 8,994,476 -5.8% 36,721,130 -2.7%
Passenger load factor 83.9% 1.3pt 84.4% 4.9pt
Available cargo and mail tonne km (000) 1,044,922 6.4% 3,895,498 1.1%
Cargo and mail load factor 79.3% 13.6pt 78.4% 14.0pt
ATK (000) 1,901,271 0.6% 7,391,518 -0.7%
Back