Cathay carries 31.6m passengers in 2014

Cathay Pacific operated 75,451 flights in 2014 (photo by Cuson)
Cathay Pacific operated 75,451 flights in 2014 (photo by Cuson)

Cathay Pacific and its sister carrier Dragonair handled a total of 31.57 million passengers in 2014, 5.5% more than the previous year.

According to the company’s full-year data, the number of flights operated by the two airlines increased 5.0% to 75,451, while aircraft operated with an average of 83.3% of seats filled – 1.1 percentage points more than in 2013.

The strongest growth in 2014 was seen on routes to and from North America (+15.5%, in terms of revenue passenger kilometres), Northeast Asia (+10.2%) and Oceania & South Africa (+8.6%). Traffic on routes to and from mainland China increased 2.2%, while Southeast Asian traffic rose 3.3%.

The rise in Cathay’s traffic almost mirrors the increase in passenger numbers experienced by Hong Kong International Airport in 2014. Cathay’s home base handled a record 63.38m passengers last year, up 5.8% compared to 2013.

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