Cathay Pacific Airways passenger numbers and capacity increased in October, spurred on by a boost in premium traffic and business travel.
Cathay Pacific and subsidiary Dragonair’s combined air traffic movements equated to a total of more than 2.5 million passengers in October 2013, an increase of 5.3 percent compared to October 2012.
The two airline’s combined passenger load factor was up 3.2 percentage points, reaching 81.5 percent in October 2013, while capacity in available seat kilometres rose by 1.9 percent.
Between January and October 2013, passengers carried increased 3.2 percent, year-over-year.
Cathay Pacific Airways encountered a minor reduction in capacity of 0.9 percent during October 2013, when compared to the same period last year.
“Premium traffic continued to pick up in October as we entered the peak season for corporate travel, and business was spurred by the beginning of the Canton Fair in Guangzhou,” Cathay Pacific general manager revenue management James Tong said.
“Demand out of our home markets, Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, was robust and we saw good load factors across the network, particularly in the economy class cabin on long-haul routes.”