KARACHI (PR) - Cathay Pacific Airways has released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for November 2012 that show an increase in passenger numbers alongside a drop in capacity. For the third month in a row, cargo and mail tonnage showed an increase compared to the same month in 2011, but was some way short of the tonnage achieved in November 2010.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,361,137 passengers in November – an increase of 3.8pc compared to the same month last year. The passenger load factor rose by 0.7 percentage points to 79.2pc, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), showed a 4.3pc decrease.

For the year to date, passenger numbers have risen by 5.2pc compared to a capacity increase of 3.3pc.

The two airlines carried 140,824 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, an increase of 6.3pc compared to November 2011. The cargo and mail load factor fell by 1.4 percentage points to 63.9pc. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, rose by 5.1pc, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown rose by 2.8pc. For the year to date, tonnage has declined by 6.1pc against a capacity drop of 3.5pc.