|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||12th December 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
|- 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%|
|- 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%|
|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
|- 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%|
|- 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%|
|Passenger 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|
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