Cathay traffic down almost 100pc compared to pre-pandemic times

- A Monitor Desk Report 20 Nov, 2020 | 243 Views|-+
Dhaka: The Cathay Pacific Group on November 13 released its combined traffic figures for October which state Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon (which ceased operations in October 21) carried a total of 38,541 passengers last month, a decrease of 98.6 per cent compared to October 2019.

The month's revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) fell 98 per cent year-on-year. Passenger load factor dropped by 59.3 percentage points to 18.2 per cent, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 91.6 per cent.

This continues to reflect the airlines' substantial capacity reductions in response to significantly reduced demand as well as travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in place in Hong Kong and other markets amid the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

In the first 10 months of 2020, the number of passengers carried dropped by 84.6 per cent against a 76.5 per cent decrease in capacity and an 82.6 per cent decrease in RPKs, as compared to the same period for 2019.

In terms of cargo, the two airlines carried 114,346 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, a decrease of 37.6 per cent compared to October 2019.

The month's revenue freight tonne kilometres (RFTKs) fell 30.2 per cent year-on-year. The cargo and mail load factor increased by 10.4 percentage points to 78.3 per cent, while capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometres (AFTKs), was down by 39.4 per cent.

In the first 10 months of 2020, the tonnage fell by 34.3 per cent against a 35.4 per cent drop in capacity and a 27.3 per cent decrease in RFTKs, as compared to the same period for 2019.

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