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Cathay Pacific Announces December Traffic Figures

17 Jan 2002


Cathay Pacific Airways today released traffic figures for December 2001, which indicate further progress in rebuilding customer confidence after the sharp falls in passenger traffic seen in October and November. Cathay Pacific carried a total of 986,568 passengers in December 2001, 2.4% less than in the same month in the previous year. The overall volume of passenger traffic measured in terms of revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) fell by 3.3 percent compared to December 2000. The passenger load factor for the month was 75.1%.

The amount of cargo carried was 64,553 tonnes, down 1% from December 2000. The air cargo market continues to reflect the global economic slowdown, with excess industry capacity still very much evident.

For the year 2001 as a whole, the airline carried 11.27 million passengers, a fall of 5% compared to the year 2000 result. The amount of cargo carried during the year fell by 8.5% to 704,154 tonnes.

Cathay Pacific's General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said: "The second half of 2001 was marked by exceptionally difficult market conditions. On the face of it, the December traffic figures are mildly encouraging, but tell only one side of the revenue story. Demand for business travel remains weak, and airlines are competing very aggressively to stimulate demand amongst leisure travellers, with widespread discounting and a wide range of special promotional offers in the market. As a result, average fares have fallen quite sharply and will continue to undermine airline revenues for the foreseeable future.

TRAFFIC

December 2001

% change
vs Dec 2000

Cumulative
Jan - Dec 2001

Cumulative
Jan - Dec 2000

% change

RPK (000)

- Europe

806,635
-9.1%
10,845,049
11,764,875
-7.8%

- Pacific and South Africa

1,695,845
-3.2%
18,168,090
19,265,267
-5.7%

- North Asia

576,684
-7.4%
7,072,065
7,342,732
-3.7%

- Southeast Asia and Middle East

846,803
6.4%
8,707,020
8,779,918
-0.8%

RPK Total (000)

3,925,967
-3.3%
44,792,224
47,152,792
-5.0%

Pax carried

986,568
-2.4%
11,268,778
11,864,370
-5.0%

Cargo and mail tonne km (000)

366,233
1.9%
3,937,815
4,161,314
-5.4%

Freight carried (000 kg)

64,553
-1.0%
704,154
769,075
-8.5%

Number of flights

2,234
2.2%
25,972
24,572
5.7%

CAPACITY

December 2001

% change
vs Dec 2000

Cumulative
Jan - Dec 2001

Cumulative
Jan - Dec

2000

% change

ASK (000)

- Europe

1,095,794
-15.3%
13,833,044
14,564,648
-5.0%

- Pacific and South Africa

2,081,412
-7.6%
25,069,207
25,334,805
-1.0%

- North Asia

897,899
5.2%
10,278,714
9,912,316
3.7%

- Southeast Asia and Middle East

1,150,015
0.6%
13,609,289
12,096,782
12.5%

ASK Total (000)

5,225,120
-5.7%
62,790,254
61,908,551
1.4%

Pax load factor

75.1%
1.9pt
71.3%
76.2%
-4.9pt

Available cargo and mail tonne km (000)

522,112
4.0%
5,854,792
5,739,676
2.0%

Cargo and mail load factor (000 kg)

70.1%
-1.5pt
67.3%
72.5%
-5.2pt

ATK(000)

1,019,175
-1.0%
11,827,330
11,630,254
1.7%