CathayÆs April volume up 24%
Cathay Pacific Airways and sister airline Dragonair saw cargo volume increase 24.1 percent in April to 152,808 tons.
The airlines' cargo load factor was 79.3 percent, an increase of 13.6 percent, while capacity grew by 6.4 percent. Year-to-date, tonnage has risen 24.1 percent compared to a capacity increase of 1.1 percent.
“Traffic on our key European routes was hit by the volcanic ash cloud disruptions, but we are able to redeploy the capacity to good effect on routes to India, the Middle East and North America,' said James Woodrow, Cathay Pacific general manager of cargo mainland China and Hong Kong. 'Demand across the network remained strong throughout the month, particular out of the key Hong Kong and Shanghai markets. Where possible we have been mounting extra sectors and charter flights in response to market needs, and we announced recently that our three remaining parked freighters will soon return from the desert.'