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Cathay Pacific Serves Over 1.6m Passengers In October

Cathay Pacific announced its traffic figures for October 2023, marking a significant milestone since the start of the pandemic. In a single month, Cathay Pacific and HK Express combined operated over 9,000 passenger flight sectors, the highest number since the global health crisis began.

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During October 2023, Cathay Pacific transported a total of 1,684,700 passengers, representing an impressive 320.2% increase compared to the same period in 2022. The airline’s revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) also saw substantial growth, rising by 225.8% year-on-year. The passenger load factor, a measure of the airline’s capacity utilization, increased by 11.1 percentage points, reaching 84.7%. Additionally, the available seat kilometers (ASKs) grew by 183.1% compared to the previous year. Looking at the first 10 months of 2023, there was a remarkable 887.4% rise in the number of passengers carried, accompanied by a 461.5% increase in ASKs and a 608.7% increase in RPKs, when compared to the same period in 2022.

Regarding cargo, Cathay Pacific transported 124,469 tonnes in October 2023, experiencing a 13.7% increase compared to October 2022. The cargo revenue tonne kilometers (RFTKs) also grew by 10.6% year-on-year. However, the cargo load factor, which indicates the proportion of cargo capacity being utilized, decreased by 8.3 percentage points to 60.7%. On the other hand, the available cargo tonne kilometers (AFTKs) increased by 25.7% compared to the previous year. Looking at the first 10 months of 2023, the tonnage showed a 19.4% increase, while AFTKs increased by 69.9% and RFTKs increased by 47.6% compared to the same period in 2022.

Travel

Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Lavinia Lau said: “Our travel business continued to see good demand in October, though the overall passenger mix was different from previous months. The elevated levels of student traffic seen in September subsided as the new school year started. However, we saw an increase in business travel as people attended exhibitions and conventions in Hong Kong as well as trade fairs in nearby Guangzhou, resulting in encouraging passenger volumes in the premium cabins. The Chung Yeung Festival long weekend in Hong Kong also drove good leisure travel demand to various regional destinations.

“October also saw the eagerly anticipated resumption of our Chicago service, bringing the number of destinations we serve in the United States to five. We are very encouraged by the response from our customers and saw strong demand for travel from the United States to Hong Kong and onward destinations, especially the Chinese Mainland.”

Cargo

Lau continued: “Air cargo demand continued to strengthen across the network in October, in particular from Hong Kong onto the transpacific trade lanes, as we entered the year-end peak period. Our tonnage grew about 4% month on month and around 14% year on year, with e-commerce continuing to be a key driver ahead of year-end sales events such as ‘Singles’ Day’ and ‘Black Friday’.

“We anticipate growing demand for fresh produce from our key markets of the Southwest Pacific, the Americas and Japan into Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland as we enter the main perishables season, while demand for e-commerce shipments is expected to remain strong through to the year end.”

Outlook

Lau gave the following outlook for the group: “As a Group, comprising Cathay Pacific and HK Express, we are on track to achieve our 2023 rebuild target set out late last year. In December 2023, we expect to operate 70% of our pre-pandemic passenger flights covering about 80 destinations. In terms of satisfying post-pandemic travel demand, our priority has first and foremost been on facilitating Hong Kong people travelling from and visitors coming to Hong Kong. In those two directions, we project that we will be back to 95% of pre-pandemic passenger numbers by the end of 2023. As we further rebuild, we will add more transit traffic via the Hong Kong hub as well.

“In 2024, we shall continue to work towards fully rebuilding our flights. This is happening in the context of various constraints that are affecting the entire global aviation industry, notably the recruitment and training of customer-facing employees, and supply chain challenges. We have leveraged the Hong Kong SAR Government’s Labour Importation Scheme for the Aviation Industry and undertaken targeted approaches to mitigate these issues. We do not underestimate the magnitude of this challenge.

“The strong performance in the first half from the airline and subsidiaries has continued. The results from associates, recognised three months in arrears, are also expected to be profitable in the second half of 2023, but loss-making across the full year.

“With respect to the consolidated Group result, we expect that the second-half profit in 2023 will surpass the result from the first half and that the Group will achieve a consolidated profit for the year overall, which will be our first profitable year since 2019.”

Cathay Pacific Group October Traffic Figures

CATHAY PACIFIC TRAFFICOCT2023% ChangeVS OCT 2022CumulativeOCT 2023%ChangeYTD
RPK (000)    
– Chinese Mainland353,794676.6%2,767,992636.7%
– North East Asia928,909589.9%8,062,7363,362.7%
– South East Asia801,840305.9%7,483,4041,225.6%
– South Asia, Middle East & Africa434,760308.5%3,030,1511,208.9%
– South West Pacific846,849153.8%7,440,632626.3%
– North America1,961,441174.3%16,094,913365.1%
– Europe1,570,763168.8%14,956,514485.7%
RPK Total (000)6,898,356225.8%59,836,343608.7%
Passengers carried1,684,700320.2%14,572,548887.4%
Cargo revenue tonne km (000)717,54310.6%6,653,90547.6%
Cargo carried (000kg)124,46913.7%1,128,30319.4%
Number of flight sectors (passenger and cargo)8,534 98.1%72,344 121.4%
CATHAY PACIFIC CAPACITYOCT 2023% ChangeVS OCT 2022CumulativeOCT 2023%ChangeYTD
ASK (000)    
– Chinese Mainland509,099320.5%3,737,668290.2%
– North East Asia1,171,402421.5%9,868,0031,677.0%
– South East Asia1,054,896215.5%9,304,975807.7%
– South Asia, Middle East & Africa528,193215.5%3,697,785753.3%
– South West Pacific953,714119.0%8,782,407467.4%
– North America2,155,437129.4%17,263,458261.4%
– Europe1,771,737170.7%16,257,038446.0%
ASK Total (000)8,144,479183.1%68,911,335461.5%
Passenger load factor84.7%11.1%pt86.8%18.1%pt
Available cargo tonne km (000)1,182,04625.7%10,699,14869.9%
Cargo load factor60.7%-8.3%pt62.2%-9.4%pt
ATK (000)1,957,298 61.1%17,266,471 131.1%

Glossary

Terms:

Available seat kilometres (“ASK”) 

Passenger seat capacity, measured in seats available for the carriage of passengers on each sector multiplied by the sector distance.

Available tonne kilometres (“ATK”)

Overall capacity measured in tonnes available for the carriage of passengers, excess baggage, cargo on each sector multiplied by the sector distance.

Available cargo tonne kilometres (“AFTK”)

Cargo capacity measured in tonnes available for the carriage of freight on each sector multiplied by the sector distance.

Revenue passenger kilometres (“RPK”)

Number of passengers carried on each sector multiplied by the sector distance.

Cargo revenue tonne kilometres (“RFTK”)

Amount of cargo, measured in tonnes, carried on each sector multiplied by the sector distance.

Ratio:

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