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Cathay Pacific releases January 2003 Traffic Figures

17 Feb 2003


Cathay Pacific Airways today released traffic figures for the month of January 2003 that reflected seasonal swings in business influenced by the early arrival of the Chinese New Year.

In January 2003, Cathay Pacific carried 1,084,481 passengers, 12.9 percent up on the same month a year ago yet down slightly from 1,104,455 passengers carried in December 2002.

At the same time, Cathay Pacific carried 68,226 tonnes of cargo, down from 74,008 tonnes in December but up 8.3 percent from January 2002.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales and Distribution Ian Shiu said: "With Christmas and the Chinese New Year so close together it is always difficult to say which period will attract the larger number of holiday travellers. As it turned out, both did pretty well. Our passenger load factor in January gained some ground over the same month last year even though First and Business Class loads remained depressed."

Cathay Pacific Manager Cargo Sales & Distribution Philippe de Gentile Williams added: "This year there was a particularly short period between the end of Christmas and New Year and the Chinese New Year holiday, which started 31 January. That gave very little time for the pre-Chinese New Year peak to build, as it usually does, before the actual holiday was upon us and businesses took their long break."


TRAFFIC Jan 2003 % change
vs Jan 02
Cumulative
Jan 2003
Cumulative
Jan 2002
% change
RPK (000)
- Europe 973,304 14.8% 973,304 847,461 14.8%
- Pacific and South Africa 2,104,195 20.2% 2,104,195 1,750,850 20.2%
- North Asia 675,248 18.1% 675,248 571,734 18.1%
- Southeast Asia and Middle East 848,354 10.7% 848,354 766,660 10.7%
RPK Total (000) 4,601,101 16.9% 4,601,101 3,936,705 16.9%
Passengers carried 1,084,481 12.9% 1,084,481 960,967 12.9%
Cargo and mail tonne km(000) 391,075 8.7% 391,075 359,820 8.7%
Freight Carried(000Kg) 68,226 8.3% 68,226 63,000 8.3%
Number of flights 2,494 13.5% 2,494 2,197 13.5%

CAPACITY Jan 2003 % change
vs Jan 02
Cumulative
Jan 2003
Cumulative
Jan 2002
% change
ASK (000)
- Europe 1,147,390 5.7% 1,147,390 1,085,425 5.7%
- Pacific and South Africa 2,488,240 20.0% 2,488,240 2,072,712 20.0%
- North Asia 988,378 11.9% 988,378 883,360 11.9%
- Southeast Asia and Middle East 1,258,915 9.3% 1,258,915 1,152,178 9.3%
ASK Total (000) 5,882,923 13.3% 5,882,923 5,193,674 13.3%
Passenger load factor 78.2% 2.4pt 78.2% 75.8% 2.4pt
Available cargo/mail tonne km (000) 653,776 17.9% 653,776 554,384 17.9%
Cargo and mail load factor 59.8% -5.1pt 59.8% 64.9% -5.1pt
ATK(000) 1,213,451 15.7% 1,213,451 1,048,485 15.7%