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Cathay Pacific releases November 2006 traffic figures

12 Dec 2006

Cathay Pacific Airways today released traffic figures for November 2006 that show a continued growth in both passenger and cargo traffic, the latter helped by the introduction of a new freighter service to Beijing.

Last month the airline carried a total of 1,374,726 passengers, up 7.1% on the same month in 2005. The passenger load factor was 78.7%, up 2.4 percentage points year on year, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), rose by 4.4%. Figures for the year to date show the number of passengers carried up 8.6% over last year, ahead of an 8.1% rise in ASKs.

The airline carried 109,413 tonnes of cargo in November, a 9.3% rise on the same month last year. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, rose by 7.8% in the same period. The month's cargo load factor was also up, by 1.8 percentage points, to 70.5%. The load factor for the year to date is 66.8%

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said: "There is usually something of a passenger-traffic lull in November, but this year we were pleased by the high load factor and continued solid demand for travel. Business in the front-end continues to surpass expectations, and the situation overall is looking healthy as we move into the holiday peak."

Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: "Demand out of Hong Kong and the Mainland held up well and our loads on key long-haul routes to Europe and the United States remained very high. The introduction of our new twice-weekly freighter service to Beijing is helping us tap into the growing market in Northern China, while five extra freighter flights a week to Shanghai from 1 December will give our Mainland business a further boost."

TRAFFIC
Nov 2006
% change vs Nov 05
Cumulative Nov 2006
Cumulative Nov 2005
% change
RPK (000)
North Asia
827,353
12.4%
9,114,993
8,426,838
8.2%
South East Asia & Middle East
1,190,550
5.8%
12,607,458
11,761,714
7.2%
Europe
1,208,287
8.0%
14,660,188
12,942,189
13.3%
South West Pacific & South Africa
1,055,146
11.1%
10,175,377
9,782,365
4.0%
North America
1,561,629
4.6%
18,282,670
16,146,123
13.2%
RPK Total (000)
5,842,965
7.7%
64,840,686
59,059,229
9.8%
Passengers carried
1,374,726
7.1%
15,232,734
14,026,359
8.6%
Cargo and mail tonne km (000)
657,710
10.6%
6,452,732
5,994,796
7.6%
Freight carried (000Kg)
109,413
9.3%
1,089,861
1,013,053
7.6%
Number of flights
2,949
2.5%
32,484
30,551
6.3%

CAPACITY
Nov 2006
% change vs Nov 05
Cumulative Nov 06
Cumulative Nov 05
% change
ASK (000)
North Asia
1,123,060
4.3%
12,593,325
11,904,305
5.8%
South East Asia & Middle East
1,513,423
1.4%
16,735,790
15,791,940
6.0%
Europe
1,524,378
11.9%
17,302,501
14,715,163
17.6%
South West Pacific & South Africa
1,305,193
3.5%
12,878,301
13,334,325
-3.4%
North America
1,954,157
2.1%
21,811,347
19,472,394
12.0%
ASK Total (000)
7,420,211
4.4%
81,321,264
75,218,127
8.1%
Passengers load factor
78.7%
2.4pt
79.7%
78.5%
1.2pt
Available cargo/mail tonne km (000)
933,371
7.8%
9,447,963
8,968,716
5.3%
Cargo and mail load factor
70.5%
1.8pt
68.3%
66.8%
1.5pt
ATK(000)
1,639,006
6.3%
17,181,372
16,123,272
6.6%