certified cargo dronesCathay Pacific Carried 40,651 Passengers in June 2021

July 23, 2021by helo-10

(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 month’s 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.

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.

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 Government’s 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 month’s
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.


“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

“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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