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Hong Kong's Cathay hits 50% of pre-pandemic passenger capacity

Cathay's passenger numbers are up 3,467% on this time last year.

Cathay Pacific has announced it will be operating at about 50% of its pre-pandemic passenger flight capacity by the end of this month.

The airline published its traffic figures for February this week, revealing that it had carried just over one million passengers last month, an increase of 3,467% on February 2022.

Building on this successful start to the year, the airline said it would be adding more flights to its schedule, including five flights a day to London from April and 120 return flights a week to Japan by the summer.

As for mainland China, Cathay aims to be operating more than 110 return flights per week to 15 cities by the end of this month. Services to Shanghai Hongqiao will also resume and a first class service on the Beijing route will restart from March 26, following the recent reopening of the Cathay Pacific Lounge at Beijing Capital international airport.

“We’re pleased to see that our positive start to 2023 continued in February,” said Cathay’s chief customer and commercial officer, Lavinia Lau. “Passenger numbers further improved after the Lunar New Year holidays; we carried an average of 40,000 passengers a day… February flight capacity increased about six percent month-on-month.”

As quarantine restrictions were finally lifted late last year, Cathay said it wanted to reach 70% of pre-pandemic capacity by the end of 2023.

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