Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried 158,022 tonnes of cargo and mail in July, an increase of 7.1 per cent compared to the same month last year. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 2.9 percentage points to 64.7 per cent.
Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, rose by 1.2 per cent while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs) increased by 5.8 per cent. In the first seven months of 2016, the tonnage carried rose by 0.8 per cent against a 0.7 per cent increase in capacity and a 1.1 per cent drop in RTKs.
Markl Sutch, general manager cargo sales and marketing said: ““We saw month-end pick-up and a stronger feed out of our home market and South East Asia. Demand to both the Americas and India was strong, while we were able to capture more exports out of mainland China due to a reduction in the overall market capacity. The business environment remains challenging, but we have seen a growth in demand for special products and we will continue to diversify.”