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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 14th February 2005

Cathay Pacific Releases January 2005 Traffic Figures

Cathay Pacific Airways today released traffic figures for January 2005 which show a stronger passenger yet weaker than expected cargo performance for the time of year.

The airline carried 1,206,784 passengers in January, which was down from December's Christmas peak of 1,272,982 passengers, yet high compared to other post-holiday periods when the leisure travel market usually softens. Growth was strongest to destinations in Europe, North America and Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, where it was mid-summer. The average passenger load factor was 79.6 percent.

At the same time, the airline carried a lower than expected 74,929 tonnes of cargo, down from 83,148 tonnes carried in December. Weeks preceding the Chinese New Year are traditionally a peak period for cargo, yet demand was not as strong as anticipated and competition among other operators was keen. A new daily freighter service commenced to Shanghai towards the end of the month on 27 January. The average cargo load factor for the month was 61.1 percent.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said: "The passenger business usually hits a lull between major holidays, but not this month. January's figures showed strong loads to and through Hong Kong, particularly on long-haul services and among business travellers, helping Hong Kong's business and tourism year off to a good start. The most popular destinations over the Chinese New Year were in North Asia, a delayed reaction, perhaps, from the Indian Ocean tsunami, which really did not affect our figures from January."

Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: "The traditional pre-Chinese New Year surge was not as strong as hoped for and there was also greater available capacity in the market. Yet January's launch of a daily freighter service to Shanghai was a major advance for the airline and will help support our continued expansion. With our network, we can capture an important segment of the world's fastest growing cargo market, carrying goods over our Hong Kong hub to points in the region, the United States and Europe."

TRAFFIC Jan 2005 % change
vs Jan 04
Cumulative
Jan 2005
Cumulative
Jan 2004
% change
RPK (000)
- North Asia 717,206 7.8% 717,206 665,576 7.8%
- South East Asia & Middle East 717,206 2.3% 971,217 949,690 2.3%
- Europe 1,153,795 13.0% 1,153,795 1,021,219 13.0%
- South West Pacific & South Africa 1,116,384 24.1% 1,116,384 899,627 24.1%
- North America 1,444,295 16.2% 1,444,295 1,242,505 16.2%
RPK Total (000) 5,402,897 13.1% 5,402,897 4,778,617 13.1%
Passengers carried 1,206,784 7.0% 1,206,784 1,127,993 7.0%
Cargo and mail tonne km (000) 462,804 13.1% 462,804 409,077 13.1%
Freight carried (000 kg) 74,929 7.6% 74,929 69,665 7.6%
Number of flights 2,647 3.8% 2,647 2,549 3.8%

CAPACITY Jan 2005 % change
vs Jan 04
Cumulative
Jan 2005
Cumulative
Jan 2004
% change
ASK (000)
- North Asia 1,061,318 2.5% 1,061,318 1,034,981 2.5%
- South East Asia & Middle East 1,427,800 10.3% 1,427,800 1,294,426 10.3%
- Europe 1,281,543 3.3% 1,281,543 1,241,016 3.3%
- South West Pacific & South Africa 1,325,483 24.7% 1,325,483 1,062,923 24.7%
- North America 1,694,552 21.1% 1,694,552 1,398,895 21.1%
ASK Total (000) 6,790,696 12.6% 6,790,696 6,032,241 12.6%
Passenger load factor 79.6% 0.4pt 79.6% 79.2% 0.4pt
Available cargo/mail tonne km (000) 757,781 10.0% 757,781 688,827 10.0%
Cargo and mail load factor 61.1% 1.7pt 61.1% 59.4% 1.7pt
ATK(000) 1,403,802 11.2% 1,403,802 1,262,751 11.2%


Source: Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
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