Cathay Pacific Airways transported 69,965 tonnes of freight in September, its highest ever amount in a single month. The strong growth in Cathay Pacific`s cargo volumes was mainly due to the seasonal surge of air cargo exports from Hong Kong. The airline carried a total of 557,543 tonnes of freight over the first nine months of this year, a rise of 17.3% over the same period in 1999.
Cathay Pacific carried a total of 990,985 passengers in September, bringing the total for the year so far to 8.92 million. The airline is therefore well on track to surpass last year`s total of 10.51 million. The passenger load factor in September remained strong at 75.8%.
Cathay Pacific`s General Manager Network Revenue Ian Shiu said: “The strong growth in many Asian economies has helped boost both our passenger and cargo revenue this year. Although total passenger numbers dropped a little compared to August, the overall level of demand is still very positive.”