Cathay, Dragonair see 15% June cargo jump

Cathay Pacific Airways has released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for June 2014 showing the two airlines carried 140,444 tonnes of cargo and mail in June, an increase of 15 per cent compared to the same month last year.


Cathay Dragonair see 15% June cargo jump


Cathay Pacific Airways has released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for June 2014 showing the two airlines carried 140,444 tonnes of cargo and mail in June, an increase of 15 per cent compared to the same month last year. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 3.2 percentage points to 64.9 per cent. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, rose by 10.2 per cent while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs) flown were up by 16 per cent. For the year to the end of June, tonnage rose by 8.6 per cent while capacity was up by 10.8 per cent and RTKs increased by 12.1 per cent.

Cathay Pacific GM cargo sales & marketing, Mark Sutch said: “The upswing in cargo demand seen in May continued through into June, with a surge towards the end of the month as shippers rushed to meet month-end and quarter-end deadlines. Demand remained robust out of Hong Kong and Mainland China, particularly on the transpacific lanes. Shipments of perishable items continued to boost load factors out of North America back into Asia, while Europe benefited from higher-yield shipments of specialised products.”

The two airlines carried a total of 2.6 million passengers in June – an increase of 5.1 per cent compared to the same month in 2013. The passenger load factor rose by one percentage point to 85.9 per cent while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 6.9 per cent. For the year to the end of June, the passenger volume rose by 6.5 per cent while capacity was up 5.3 per cent.