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19 April 2001

Cathay Pacific releases March traffic figures

Cathay Pacific Airways carried 1,043,117 passengers in March, a rise of 8.4% over the same month in 2000. The passenger load factor remained relatively stable at 73%. Over the first three months of the year, Cathay Pacific has carried 2.9 million passengers, up 4.2% compared to the same period last year.

In contrast to passenger operations, the amount of cargo carried in March declined by 4.4% to 65,524 tonnes. During the first quarter, Cathay Pacific transported 171,008 tonnes of cargo, 0.4% lower than in the first quarter of 2000.

General Manager Network Revenue Ian Shiu said: "We are seeing a relatively good performance from our passenger operations especially on our Asian routes. Cargo is more of a concern as we have seen signs of softening demand for Hong Kong exports. While the yield for passenger operations has remained steady, cargo yields and load factor have both weakened."

TRAFFIC

March 2001

% change
vs Mar 2000

Cumulative
Jan - Mar 2001

Cumulative
Jan - Mar 2000

% change

RPK (000)

- Europe

999,368
2.7%
2,742,262
2,668,547
2.8%

- Pacific and South Africa

1,595,794
6.1%
4,704,146
4,611,916
2.0%

- North Asia

671,375
11.9%
1,881,204
1,691,492
11.2%

- Southeast Asia and Middle East

812,782
13.5%
2,203,924
2,080,446
5.9%

RPK Total (100)

4,079,319
7.5%
11,531,537
11,052,402
4.3%

Pax carried

1,043,117
8.4%
2,906,061
2,788,549
4.2%

Cargo and mail tonne km (000)

361,143
-0.9%
921,123
917,352
0.4%

Freight carried (000 kg)

65,524
-4.4%
171,008
171,619
-0.4%

Number of flights

2,266
11.7%
6,396
5,801
10.3%


CAPACITY

March 2001

% change
vs Mar 2000

Cumulative
Jan - Mar 2001

Cumulative
Jan - Mar 2000

% change

ASK (000)

- Europe

1,267,996
5.8%
3,703,235
3,485,258
6.3%

- Pacific and South Africa

2,257,365
6.8%
6,564,192
6,211,123
5.7%

- North Asia

864,891
5.2%
2,510,006
2,437,899
3.0%

- Southeast Asia and Middle East

1,200,933
26.4%
3,382,197
2,799,898
20.8%

ASK Total (100)

5,591,184
9.9%
16,159,630
14,934,179
8.2%

Pax load factor

73.0%
-1.6pt
71.4%
74.0%
-2.6pt

Available cargo and mail tonne km (000)

520,761
11.6%
1,404,521
1,281,349
9.6%

Cargo and mail load factor (000 kg)

69.3%
-8.7pt
65.6%
71.6%
-6.0pt

ATK(000)

1,052,653
10.7%
2,941,637
2,702,513
8.8%

Source: Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
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