|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||13th February 2006|
Cathay Pacific today released traffic figures for January 2006 that show a solid start to the year, boosted by a seasonal peak over the Chinese New Year holiday during which the airline operated 70 extra pairs of services to meet passenger demand.
The airline in January carried 1,388,805 passengers, a 15.1 percent increase over the same month last year. The shifting date of the Chinese New Year can make accurate year-on-year comparisons difficult - the holiday last year fell in February. Still, passenger growth for the period remained ahead of a corresponding 11.4 percent increase in passenger capacity, measured in terms of available seat kilometres, or ASKs.
Demand was strong to Australia and New Zealand, where it was the height of summer, and also to destinations within Southeast Asia - places that many leisure travellers avoided last year following the Indian Ocean tsunami. January's passenger load factor was a high 80.4 percent, a rise of 0.8 percentage points.
The airline carried 91,366 tonnes of cargo in January, a 21.9 percent rise over the same month in 2005. A boost to shipments is normal during the run-up to the Chinese New Year. At the same time there was a 14.4 percent increase in capacity, measured in terms of available cargo/mail tonne kilometres. Two additional freighters have joined the fleet in the past year and new services commenced to Shanghai, Dallas and Atlanta.
The cargo load factor was 61.9 percent - a reflection of the fact that far more goods are being exported from southern China through Hong Kong than are being imported from the United States and Europe.
Fuel prices remained high. Their full impact in 2005 will be revealed when the company issues its Annual Results for the year on 8 March.
Cathay Pacific General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution Ian Shiu said: "Business over the Chinese New Year was good considering it fell so close to Christmas. Although loads have been high, stiff competition on many key routes and a strengthening of the US dollar against foreign currencies depressed yield. "
Cathay Pacific Director & General Manager Cargo Ron Mathison said: "Cargo growth in January got a boost from the pre-holiday peak, the addition of two freighters and new services to the US and Shanghai, which were not in place this time last year. Yet underlying demand is spiky and somewhat unpredictable with continued uncertainty over the imposition of quotas on Chinese-made garments in Europe and the US. Business will likely be weaker in February."
|TRAFFIC||Jan 2006|| % change
|- North Asia||800,547||11.6%||800,547||717,206||11.6%|
|- South East Asia & Middle East||1,147,288||18.1%||1,147,288||971,217||18.1%|
|- South West Pacific & South Africa||1,117,621||0.1%||1,117,621||1,116,384||0.1%|
|- North America||1,754,949||21.5%||1,754,949||1,444,295||21.5%|
|RPK Total (000)||6,079,374||12.5%||6,079,374||5,402,897||12.5%|
|Cargo and mail tonne km (000)||536,789||16.0%||536,789||462,804||16.0%|
|Freight carried (000Kg)||91,366||21.9%||91,366||74,929||21.9%|
|Number of flights||2,987||12.9%||2,987||2,647||12.9%|
|CAPACITY||Jan 2006|| % change
|- North Asia||1,164,947||9.8%||1,164,947||1,061,318||9.8%|
|- South East Asia & Middle East||1,586,456||11.1%||1,586,456||1,427,800||11.1%|
|- South West Pacific & South Africa||1,321,584||-0.3%||1,321,584||1,325,483||-0.3%|
|- North America||2,020,250||19.2%||2,020,250||1,694,552||19.2%|
|ASK Total (000)||7,562,601||11.4%||7,562,601||6,790,696||11.4%|
|Passenger load factor||80.4%||0.8pt||80.4%||79.6%||0.8pt|
|Available cargo/mail tonne km (000)||867,221||14.4%||867,221||757,781||14.4%|
|Cargo and mail load factor||61.9%||0.8pt||61.9%||61.1%||0.8pt|
|© Copyright 1996-2023 irasia.com Ltd. All rights reserved.|
DISCLAIMER: irasia.com Ltd makes no guarantee as to the accuracy or completeness of any
information provided on this website. Under no circumstances shall irasia.com Ltd be liable
for damages resulting from the use of the information provided on this website.
TRADEMARK & COPYRIGHT: All intellectual property rights subsisting in the contents of this website belong to irasia.com Ltd or have been lawfully licensed to irasia.com Ltd for use on this website. All rights under applicable laws are hereby reserved. Reproduction of this website in whole or in part without the express written permission of irasia.com Ltd is strictly prohibited.