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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11 August 2005

Cathay Pacific Releases July 2005 Traffic Figures

Cathay Pacific Airways today released traffic figures for July 2005 that showed continued strong passenger and cargo demand as the airline entered the height of the summer season.

In July, the airline carried 1,442,783 passengers, a 13.7 percent increase year-on-year, as the holiday season got into full swing, and 96,228 tonnes of cargo, up 19.1 percent from a year ago. Both passenger and cargo loads grew faster than corresponding increases in capacity. The cargo business was unusually brisk during what is typically a slower time of year.

The average passenger load factor in July was a high 84.0 percent with strong support from both business and leisure travellers. The airline carried in excess of 50,000 passengers on five separate days during the month. More cargo shipments from Shanghai routed through Hong Kong, showing the city's importance as a gateway to the Chinese Mainland for cargo and passengers.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said: "We would normally expect business traffic to ease during the July holiday season but the front end was as full as Economy, where there was high demand from leisure travellers. Yet high fuel prices continued to take the shine off strong revenue."

Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: "July was another good month with healthy growth in exports from the Mainland to the United States and Europe. Transhipments from Shanghai were particularly strong helping to boost overall tonnage growth."

TRAFFIC Jul 2005 % change vs
Jul 04
Cumulative
Jul 2005
Cumulative
Jul 2004
% change
RPK (000)
- North Asia 870,123 6.1% 5,295,295 4,517,099 17.2%
- South East Asia & Middle East 1,234,484 15.5% 7,302,890 6,576,259 11.0%
- Europe 1,335,842 14.8% 7,965,870 7,235,138 10.1%
- South West Pacific & South Africa 946,531 31.7% 6,255,812 4,965,100 26.0%
- North America 1,593,998 7.4% 10,043,398 8,795,595 14.2%
RPK Total (000) 5,980,978 13.8% 36,863,265 32,089,191 14.9%
Passengers carried 1,442,783 13.7% 8,775,730 7,672,898 14.4%
Cargo and mail tonne km (000) 568,728 11.9% 3,654,902 3,350,717 9.1%
Freight carried (000 kg) 96,228 19.1% 614,148 550,719 11.5%
Number of flights 2,892 11.4% 19,042 17,388 9.5%

CAPACITY Jul 2005 % change vs
Jul 04
Cumulative
Jul 2005
Cumulative
Jul 2004
% change
ASK (000)
- North Asia 1,130,516 3.6% 7,493,287 7,105,721 5.5%
- South East Asia & Middle East 1,508,696 11.8% 9,862,718 8,967,773 10.0%
- Europe 1,460,246 10.9% 9,052,794 8,806,601 2.8%
- South West Pacific & South Africa 1,208,603 21.0% 8,518,178 6,885,113 23.7%
- North America 1,816,322 6.4% 11,732,033 9,947,412 17.9%
ASK Total (000) 7,124,383 10.2% 46,659,010 41,712,620 11.9%
Passenger load factor 84.0% 2.7pt 79.0% 76.9% 2.1pt
Available cargo/mail tonne km (000) 837,365 14.7% 5,522,635 4,869,855 13.4%
Cargo and mail load factor 67.9% -1.7pt 66.2% 68.8% -2.6pt
ATK (000) 1,515,006 12.7% 9,960,880 8,838,162 12.7%


Source: Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
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