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Fri, 23 July 2021

Cathay Pacific Carried 40,651 Passengers in June 2021

(23 July 2021) Cathay Pacific carried 40,651 passengers in June 2021, an increase of 50% compared to June 2020 but a 98.7% decrease compared to the pre-pandemic level in June 2019.

The months revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) rose 60.5% year-on-year, but were down 98% versus June 2019. Passenger load factor decreased by 5.6 percentage points to 21.7%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 102%, but remained 92.2% down on June 2019 levels.

In the first six months of 2021, the number of passengers carried dropped by 96.4% against an 85% decrease in capacity and a 95.8% decrease in RPKs, as compared to the same period for 2020.

Nose and cockpit of Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000 reg: B-LXB. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Ronald Lam, Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, said, While passenger demand continues to be far below pre-COVID19 levels, June did show some small signs of improvement. We carried an average of 1,355 passengers per day last month and on 25 June we carried 2,011 passengers the most of any day so far in 2021. We continued to progressively add more passenger services, resuming flights to Guangzhou, Seoul, Brisbane, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Vancouver and San Francisco. Capacity significantly increased by about 131% compared to May 2021; however, we still operated only about 8% of our June 2019 pre-pandemic capacity.

Our recently resumed flights serving the Chinese mainland experienced particularly noteworthy demand, especially transit traffic to various long-haul destinations. We also saw increased demand from Taiwan and some Southeast Asian destinations. However, overall recovery continues to be affected by travel restrictions. The Hong Kong SAR Governments ban on flights to Hong Kong from the Philippines continued into June, while bans on flights from Indonesia and the UK came into effect on 25 June and 1 July, respectively.

The airline carried 109,423 tonnes of cargo and mail in June 2021, an increase of 17.4% compared to June 2020 and a 33.3% decrease compared with the same period in 2019.

The months revenue freight tonne kilometres (RFTKs) rose 10.3% year-on-year, but were down 28.7% compared to June 2019. The cargo and mail load factor increased by 5.6 percentage points to 80.6%, while capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometres (AFTKs), was up by 2.7% year-on-year, but was down 44.4% versus June 2019.

In the first six months of 2021, the tonnage dropped by 17.6% against a 31.9% drop in capacity and a 20.3% decrease in RFTKs, as compared to the same period for 2020.

With quarantine restrictions easing following the high uptake of vaccinations among our aircrew, we were able to further reinstate our freighter capacity, especially on our long-haul routes. We were also able to mount considerably more cargo-only passenger flights compared to the previous month, especially on short-haul routes to meet the reasonably strong regional demand. Overall, month-on-month tonnage growth matched our capacity growth, ensuring our net cargo load factor continued to average over 80%, Mr. Lam said.

Outlook

Looking ahead on the passenger side, we will continue to progressively and cautiously add more services to our schedule. The suspension of flights from the Philippines, Indonesia and the UK has had an impact on overall demand; however, we are seeing improvements in other major markets. Student traffic demand to the US in particular is looking strong in the second half of August, and we are operating more frequencies on these routes to cater for it. Subject to travel restrictions being progressively lifted in Hong Kong and globally, we expect to operate approximately 30% of our pre-pandemic passenger capacity by the fourth quarter of 2021.

Vaccination is key to the easing of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements. We are very grateful to the 94% of our pilots and 76% of our cabin crew in Hong Kong who have already booked or received their vaccinations. So far this year, there have been zero positive tests among the more than 58,000 tests that our operating Hong Kong-based aircrew have taken in the days following their arrival in Hong Kong.

We are very excited that our Airbus A321neo aircraft will take off on its inaugural flight on 4 August from Hong Kong to Shanghai (Pudong), offering our customers the most enjoyable short-haul experience in the world. They will be able to enjoy the array of exciting new features brand new seats, 4K entertainment, Bluetooth audio streaming, additional storage space, and more that our new aircraft has to offer on our planned flights to Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Kaohsiung and Taipei during August, and many more in the months to come.

This follows the launch of Cathay, our new premium travel lifestyle brand that brings together all we love about travel with our everyday lifestyle. The range of products and services includes our recently launched Standard Chartered Cathay Mastercard Credit Cards, in addition to flights, hotels, shopping, dining and wellness.

Meanwhile regarding cargo, we are cautiously optimistic that overall demand will be strong for the remainder of the year. The gradual resumption of more passenger services will provide us with greater belly capacity, and should coincide with the usual cargo peak season. To provide additional lift we are also in the process of converting two more of our Boeing 777 passenger aircraft into cargo-only preighters by removing seats from the Economy Class cabin, bringing our total to six preighters. These aircraft will provide support to our general cargo and post shipments around Asia, explained Mr. Lam.

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