Cathay Pacific's September air cargo drop

23 / 10 / 2013

  • Cathay Pacific and Dragonair's cargo and mail tonnage falls again in September

    Cathay Pacific and Dragonair's cargo and mail tonnage falls again in September

CATHAY Pacific Airways’ combined Cathay and Dragonair traffic figures for September 2013 show passenger numbers rising despite decreased capacity – and a year-on-year drop in cargo. 

While passenger numbers grew by six per cent in the month, compared with September 2012, the two airlines jointly carried 128,610 tonnes of cargo and mail, a drop of 4.4 per cent.

For the year to date, tonnage has fallen by 1.9 per cent despite a 0.5 per cent capacity increase.

Mark Sutch, Cathay’s general manager for cargo sales and marketing, says: “Cargo revenue was behind budget when we expected to have moved fully into the peak season, with tonnage and load factor falling, despite a slight capacity increase.

“The bright spot in our network is China, which saw a month-end, pre-National Holiday rush with tonnage jumping by double digits,” he adds.

In a positive development, the new Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal’s transition to full operation in early October is an important milestone in the region.