HONG KONG, 16 March 2022: Cathay Pacific released traffic
figures for February 2022 on Monday that showed substantial capacity reductions
in response to reduced demand caused by travel restrictions and quarantine
requirements in Hong Kong and other markets.

Cathay Pacific carried 31,253 passengers last month, an
increase of 47.9% compared to February 2021 and a 98.9% decrease compared to
the pre-pandemic level in February 2019.

The month’s revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased
5.2% year-on-year and were down 99% versus February 2019. Passenger load factor
increased by 33.8 percentage points to 47.6%, while capacity, measured in
available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 69.4% year-on-year and decreased
by 98.4% compared with February 2019 levels. In the first two months of 2022,
passenger traffic increased by 8.6% against a 72.8% decrease in capacity and a
12.5% decrease in RPKs, compared to the same period for 2021.


Cathay Pacific chief customer and commercial officer Ronald
Lam said: “The operating environment for Cathay Pacific remains very
challenging. In February, travel and operational restrictions in place in Hong
Kong continued to constrain our ability to operate more passenger flight
capacity. We performed below 2% of pre-Covid-19 levels, a reduction of about
28% compared with January 2022.

“We have remained as agile as possible, deploying
passenger flight capacity to cater to last-minute demand, on top of ongoing
traffic from the Chinese Mainland to long-haul destinations as well as post-Chinese
New Year traffic from Hong Kong to the Chinese Mainland. We also saw some
demand for flights to Australia, notably student traffic from the Chinese
Mainland and Hong Kong. As a result, we carried more passengers in February
than in January. Load factor edged up to reach about 48%.


“Looking ahead in March, on the travel side, we originally
expected that the majority of passenger traffic would continue to come from our
Chinese Mainland routes. However, stricter capacity restrictions have since
been put in place by the Chinese Mainland authorities as part of their pandemic
control measures. These, together with the current restrictions in Hong Kong,
mean that we do not foresee significant signs of recovery in passenger travel
demand in March.” 

(Source: Cathay Pacific)