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Cathay Pacific releases May 2006 traffic figures

12 Jun 2006


Cathay Pacific today released robust traffic figures for May 2006 with passenger numbers up and cargo growth in line with expectations for the time of year.

In May, the airline carried 1,338,712 passengers, an 8.8 percent increase over the same month last year, while the flight load factor averaged 76.2 percent, half a point higher. Actual revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) flown increased 12.1 percent ahead of a corresponding 11.4 percent increase in capacity measured in terms of available seat kilometres (ASKs). Leisure travel was boosted by public holidays in Hong Kong, China and Japan.

The airline carried 94,950 tonnes of freight in May, up 5.3 percent year-on-year and ahead of a 5.0 percent increase in capacity, measured in terms of available cargo/mail tonne kilometres. Continued high demand out of Hong Kong led to a new company uplift record for a 747-200 freighter of 115.132 tonnes net, set on a flight from Hong Kong to Chicago.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said: “May was a good month all round. Business travellers were busy and leisure bookings, usually a little soft after Easter, got an extra boost from the ‘Golden Week’ holidays.”

Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: “Our new uplift record shows we are really packing our planes on long-haul fights out of Hong Kong, in particular on those bound for the East Coast of the US. Yet fuel prices remain a major concern with still no sign of a near-term correction.”

Full May 2006 figures are on the following page.

TRAFFIC May 2006
% Change VS May 2005

Cumulative
May 2006

Cumulative
May 2005

%
Change

RPK (000)
- North Asia 770,949 7.0% 3,971,509 3,667,698 8.3%
- South East Asia and Middle East 1,124,413 8.5% 5,569,999 5,020,636 10.9%
- Europe 1,264,548 15.4% 6,163,103 5,454,497 13.0%
- South West Pacific & South Africa 771,874 5.9% 4,672,812 4,520,674 3.4%
- North America 1,762,016 17.6% 8,259,530 6,964,632 18.6%
RPK Total (000) 5,693,800 12.1% 28,636,953 25,628,137 11.7%
Passengers carried 1,338,712 8.8% 6,751,873 6,074,916 11.1%
Cargo and mail tonne km (000) 566,577 5.8% 2,786,262 2,566,748 8.6%
Freight carried (000 kg) 94,950 5.3% 476,297 428,490 11.2%
Number of flights 2,984 6.6% 14,584 13,431 8.6%

Capacity May 2006 % Change VS May 2005 Cumulative May 2006 Cumulative May 2006 % Change
ASK (000)
- North Asia 1,166,517 5.8% 5,695,456 5,286,351 7.7%
- South East Asia & Middle East 1,529,695 8.1% 7,503,208 6,981,335 7.5%
- Europe 1,646,836 25.6% 7,512,215 6,282,855 19.6%
- South West Pacific & South Africa 1,115,672 -5.9% 6,015,511 6,152,448 -2.2%
- North America 2,018,078 19.0% 9,845,538 8,271,477 19.0%
ASK Total (000) 7,476,798 11.4% 36,571,928 32,974,466 10.9%
Pax load factor 76.2% 0.5pt 78.3% 77.7% 0.6pt
Available cargo & mail tonne km (000) 845,383 5.0% 4,145,176 3,924,170 5.6%
Cargo and mail load factor 67.0% 0.5pt 67.2% 65.4% 1.8pt
ATK (000) 1,556,372 7.8% 7,623,278 7,060,844 8.0%