& Cathay Dragon see increased cargo liftings in the new year
The latest combined Cathay Pacific
and Cathay Dragon traffic figures for January 2017 show an increase in both the
volume of cargo and mail uplifted and number of passengers carried compared to
the same month of 2016.
The two airlines carried 151,133
tonnes of cargo and mail last month, an increase of 2.3 per cent compared to
January 2016. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 0.3 percentage points to
61.9 per cent. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was
up by 0.5 per cent while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs)
increased by 1 per cent.
Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo
Sales & Marketing, Mr Mark Sutch, said: "We got off to a solid start in
2017. Tonnage grew ahead of capacity and showed an increase over the same month
last year. We saw a good rebound in demand from Hong Kong, Mainland China and
various key Asian markets. Yield was sustained through a better mix of priority
and special shipments. There was also robust demand for fresh produce and
seafood across the network. We operated a number of extra-sector freighters
to the Americas, Europe and India in January, while cutting back on capacity
in February to adapt to Chinese New Year’s January start."
Source : Exim
News Service - Hong Kong, Feb. 16