Cathay Pacific passenger traffic down 3.6% in July

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Cathay Pacific Airways has reported a 3.6% decline in passenger traffic in July, as measured in RPKs, compared with the same month in 2011.

Passenger numbers decreased by 0.7% to 2.51 million, the Oneworld carrier says.

Capacity, as measured in ASKs, grew by 2.3%, resulting in a 5 percentage point decrease in its passenger load factor to 81.1%.

The above figures include those of its subsidiary Dragonair.

For its freight business, Cathay carried a total of 125,000t of cargo and mail in July, a 10.5% decline from the previous year.

Its cargo and mail load factor for July declined by 1.9 percentage points to 64.7%.

Capacity, as measured in available tonne kilometres (ATK), decreased by 5.2%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown declined by 14%.