Cathay Pacific Airways has reported a 6.2% growth in traffic in October, measured in RPKs, against the same period a year ago.
Passenger numbers grew by 3.8% to 2.38 million, said the Oneworld carrier. Capacity, as measured in ASKs, grew by 10.3%, while the passenger load factor fell by 3.1 percentage points to 80.1%, added Cathay.
The traffic figures include that of its subsidiary Dragonair.
Cathay Pacific general manager of revenue management James Tong said: "Our passenger traffic held up quite well in October but the growth could not keep pace with the increase in capacity, which accounts for the drop in load factor."
"Our business to Japan continues to recover and we will revert to a full schedule in November," Tong added.
In its freight business, Cathay carried a total of 136,000t of cargo and mail in October, a 17.5% decline year on year. The cargo and mail load factor was down by 8.9 percentage points to 66.2%.
Capacity, measured in available tonne kilometres, fell by 4.7%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown were down by 15.9%.