Cathay Pacific traffic jumps 9% in first half
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Cathay Pacific continues to experience rising demand for its flights.
The Hong Kong-based carrier, and its sister airline Dragonair, carried a total of 16.8 million passengers in the first half of 2015 – 8.8% more than the same period last year.
The airlines operated 38,799 flights during the six-month period, up 5.6% year-on-year, and average cabin load factors climbed 2.3 percentage points to a healthy 85.9%.
“Our new routes to Zurich and Boston have both been performing ahead of expectations. However, we saw a sharp fall-off in bookings for Korea after the Hong Kong… government raised the red outbound travel alert in response to the MERS outbreak. Premium demand remained behind target on a number of key long-haul routes though we saw growth within the region,” stated Cathay Pacific’s general manager for revenue management, Patricia Hwang.
Routes to and from Southeast Asia experienced the strongest growth in the first half of 2015, rising 17.8% in terms of revenue passenger kilometres (RPK). Routes to Europe (+10.2), Northeast Asia (+8.4%), North America (+7.9%) and mainland China (+6.1%) also saw higher demand, but traffic on South Asia & Middle East routes declined 3.7%.
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