Traffic growth of 1.9% at Cathay Pacific in 2018

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Cathay Pacific Group airlines Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carried 35.4 million passengers in 2018 – 1.9 per cent more than 2017 – as new routes drove growth.

The passenger load factor across the combined networks reached 84.1 per cent, 0.3 percentage points down on the previous year, while capacity increased by 3.5 per cent.

In December, the two airlines welcomed 3.1 million on board, an increase of 1.8 per cent compared to December 2017. The load factor fell 0.8 percentage points to 83.8 per cent, while capacity increased by 5.8 per cent.

Cathay Pacific director commercial and cargo, Ronald Lam said: “Business Class demand remained strong during December, with premium leisure traffic over the holiday period being a key driver.

“We also saw improved yield in Economy Class, especially on our popular regional routes to Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines.”