Cathay traffic up 6.8% in April

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Cathay Pacific Airways has reported a 6.8% growth in RPKs in April from a year ago.

Passenger numbers grew 4.1% to 2.26 million, says the Oneworld carrier. Its traffic figures include that of its subsidiary Dragonair.

Capacity, as measured in ASKs, grew 11.6%, while the passenger load factor fell 3.6 percentage points to 80.3%, says Cathay.

Cathay's general manager of revenue management Tom Owen said: "Demand on North American and Southeast Asian routes remained strong, and regional demand from Hong Kong was given a boost by the Easter holidays. The China network was solid, improving the quality of revenues on Dragonair, while Europe rebounded off the low base last year resulting from the airspace closures."

"Premium demand continued to be generally firm, benefitting from the Canton Fair. The continued slump on Japan routes remains a concern, with few signs yet of material pick-up," Owen added.

On the cargo front, Cathay reported that total cargo volume fell 8.4% to 140,000t compared.

Cathay Pacific's general manager cargo sales and marketing James Woodrow said: "Our key Hong Kong home market remained soft throughout April while demand out of the major manufacturing areas of China weakened further, particularly to Europe. However, once again the outbound weakness was offset to some extent by fairly robust demand into Asia."

Woodrow added: "We reduced our freighter services on long-haul trunk routes in line with demand last month and will do the same in May as the markets stay quiet."