Cathay reports 28.8% growth in Feb cargo tonnage

The company’s two airlines, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, together carried 130,467 tonnes of cargo last month, a year-on-year increase of 28.8 per cent, though less than the 147,275 tonnes carried in January.


cargo Cathay Pacific Airways Dragonair Mark Sutch


Cathay Pacific Airways recorded double-digit growth in cargo in February.

The company’s two airlines, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, together carried 130,467 tonnes of cargo last month, a year-on-year increase of 28.8 per cent, though less than the 147,275 tonnes carried in January.

Mark Sutch, general manager of cargo sales and marketing, attributed the high year-on-year tonnage growth to “the overall improvement in the world’s air cargo markets compared to early 2014, along with the extra capacity added by Cathay Pacific in response to the increase in demand”.

“February’s figures were spurred by a surge in exports prior to mainland factories shutting down for the Chinese New Year holidays,” he said. “Demand fell away over the holiday period, as expected, but saw quite a rapid pick-up, particularly on the North American lanes.”