Cathay traffic up 14% in July

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Cathay Pacific Airways has posted a 14% growth in RPKs in July.

Passenger numbers rose 20% to 2.5 million, says the Oneworld carrier, whose traffic figures include that of its subsidiary Dragonair.

Capacity, as measured in ASKs, rose 9%. The passenger load factor grew four percentage points to 87.5%, says Cathay.

"Passenger demand remained firm as we moved into the normal summer peak month. In particular, demand to and from Hong Kong grew on both long-haul and regional routes compared to last year," says the airline's general manager for revenue management Tom Owen.

On the cargo front, cargo volumes rose 18% to 157,374t.

"We saw a significant rise in our capacity in July as all previously parked freighters were returned to service, but the increase in tonnage was almost on a par due to sustained strong demand out of our key markets," says Cathay's general manager for cargo sales and marketing James Woodrow.