Cathay Pacific passenger traffic up 1.6% in August

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Cathay Pacific Airways has reported a 1.6% increase in August for passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, compared with the same month in 2011.

Passenger numbers rose by 4% to 2.61 million, the Oneworld carrier said in a statement.

Capacity, as measured in ASKs, grew by 3%, which resulted in a 1.1 percentage point decrease in its passenger load factor to 83.1%.

The above figures include those of its subsidiary Dragonair.

For its freight business, Cathay carried 122,000t of cargo and mail in August, a 6.9% decline from the previous year.

The carrier's cargo and mail load factor for August declined by 3 percentage points to 61.9%.

Capacity, as measured in available tonne kilometres (ATK), decreased by 1.9%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown declined by 10.4%.