Cathay Pacific Airways combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for December 2012 show an increase for both passenger numbers and cargo and mail tonnage compared to the same month last year.
The two airlines carried 146,897 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, an increase of 3.4 per cent compared to December 2011. The cargo and mail load factor fell by 0.4 percentage points to 67.4 per cent. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, rose by one per cent while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres rose by 0.4 per cent. For the whole of 2012, tonnage declined by 5.3 per cent while capacity dropped by 3.1 per cent.
Cathay Pacific general manager Cargo Sales & Marketing James Woodrow said: “December was the fourth month in a row that we saw year-on-year growth in tonnage. The cargo market had been in the doldrums since April 2011, so it was good to see the year ending on a stronger note. However, the cargo and mail tonnage carried in 2012 was still some way behind the 2010 total. We operated close to a full freighter schedule in December and added one more new destination to our freighter network, Colombo in Sri Lanka. As expected, demand tailed away significantly following the pre-Christmas rush.”