Cathay Pacific releases October 2003 traffic figures

by Canadian Shipper

Cathay Pacific Airways released traffic figures for October 2003 that show greater stabilisation in the passenger market and an all-time record for one-month cargo shipments, says the company.

In October 2003 Cathay Pacific carried 1,017,884 passengers, up from 951,703 passengers in September, though down 3.5 percent year-on-year. The airline carried a record 87,275 tonnes of freight in October, up from 75,651 tonnes in September and a 2.4 percent increase year-on-year.

Since restoring full capacity in later September, Cathay Pacific has added frequencies to Auckland, Melbourne and Rome. An additional weekly service will operate to Johannesburg from 1 December and a three-times-weekly service to Beijing will commence on 2 December.

“October’s record figures show that cargo’s traditionally busy fourth quarter is gaining strength as the holiday season draws near. Hong Kong’s export market remains robust, particularly on trunk routes to the US, Europe and Japan,” said Kenny Tang, Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo.

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