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Cathay Pacific Sees 26% Rise in Monthly Passenger Volumes

Cathay Pacific saw a 26.1%, year-on-year, increase in passenger volumes in April, according to its latest monthly figures.

The Hong Kong airline carried just over 1.7 million passengers last month.

Cathay Pacific passenger figures
Cathay Pacific’s A350

Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Lavinia Lau said: “April was another good month for our travel business with multiple holiday periods and large-scale events stimulating business and leisure travel. At the start of April, we saw an increase in both inbound and outbound traffic as people travelled to and from Hong Kong for Easter and the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. Shortly thereafter, festive periods in Indonesia and Thailand contributed to a rise in traffic from Southeast Asia to Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland, Japan and other regional destinations. Then, towards the end of April, we saw strong pre-holiday demand from the Chinese Mainland and leisure traffic from Japan coinciding with the respective ‘Golden Week’ holidays in these two markets.

“In addition to leisure travel, April also saw healthy demand for business travel. The Canton Fair in Guangzhou was a notable driver, in particular for business travel from the United States. Our intermodal codeshare ferry services linking Hong Kong International Airport and Pazhou Ferry Terminal in Guangzhou provided convenient access to the exhibition centre, and proved to be popular with overseas customers who transited via Hong Kong.

The airline expects a strong peak summer season, with demand looking “promising”.

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.
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