Stronger outbound China cargo boosts Cathay/Dragonair

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a combined 147,275 tonnes of cargo and mail in January, an increase of 12.5 per cent compared to the same month in 2014.
The cargo and mail load factor rose by 2.9 percentage points to 63.4 per cent. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, rose by 8.9 per cent while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs) flown were up by 14.1 per cent.
Cathay Pacific’s general manager cargo sales & marketing, Mark Sutch, said: “Demand fell away, as expected, after the very busy end to 2014, but the markets remained relatively buoyant, particularly on the North American lanes.
“Traffic out of the key Hong Kong and mainland China markets was much stronger than in the same month last year. We saw a pick-up in demand as January progressed and by the end of the month we were operating close to a full freighter schedule.
“We expect to see something of a mini-rush before the Chinese New Year holidays begin.”
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