Cathay Pacific Airways carried 922,505 passengers in February, bringing the total for the first two months of the year to 1,826,211, a 7.3% rise over to the same period in 1999. Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) rose by 6% over the first two months, with the strongest growth shown in North Asia with 13.4%, and Europe with 9.9%.
The passenger load factor for the first two months of the year was 73.7%, a rise of 6.9 percentage points over the same period in 1999. Capacity, as measured by Available Seat Kilometres (ASKs), declined by 4% due to the removal of a number of Boeing 747 aircraft from the fleet in 1999.
Cathay Pacific`s General Manager Network Revenue Ian Shiu said: “We saw strong growth in passenger numbers in February as many travellers went away for the Chinese New Year period, particularly to places like Japan and Korea.”