Cathay traffic up 7% in September

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Cathay Pacific Airways has reported a 7% growth in traffic in September, measured in RPKs, against the same period a year ago.

Passenger numbers grew by 3.5% to 2.26 million, said the Oneworld carrier. Capacity, as measured in ASKs, grew by 9.8%, while the passenger load factor fell by 2.1% to 79.7%, added Cathay.

The traffic figures include that of its subsidiary Dragonair.

Cathay Pacific general manager of revenue management James Tong said: "In September we saw a fall off in demand in the back end, as expected after the summer peak."

He added that Japanese routes continued to see a recovery, while China was down compared to last year.

In its freight business, Cathay carried a total of 131,000t of cargo and mail in September, a 10.1% decline year-on-year. The cargo and mail load factor was down 5% to 64.8%.

Cargo capacity, measured in available tonne kilometres, was up by 3.8%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown were down by 7.9%.