Topic: Dragonair May Pax Drop 89.5% Due To Sars
Username: La Carlota
Posted 2003-06-19 14:29:15 and read 2758 times.
Wow, 89.5%!!! That's a lot!!!!
Hope they do better on June. Today was the 8th straight day in Hong Kong without reporting any death due to SARS.
HONG KONG, June 19 (Reuters) - Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd, the city's second carrier, said on Thursday its passenger numbers plunged 89.55 percent in May from the same month last year due to the outbreak of the SARS virus.
The airline said the number of flights slid 58.31 percent in May from a year ago. It operated only 36 percent of its planned schedule and suspended services to 11 destinations in May.
But freight carried soared 43.67 percent in the month, with cargo uplift records set in Beijing, Taipei and Dhaka.
"The effect of SARS on the travel business in Hong Kong in May was devastating, as the numbers show," Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui said in a statement.
"While we believe the market reached its bottom that month, the sudden and dramatic drop-off in passenger traffic serves to highlight how far we have to go before numbers recover," he said.
Passenger numbers plummeted to 30,089 in May, when the airline operated only 905 flights.
The overall amount of freight carried jumped to 21,439 tonnes, however.
"The May (freight) figures were the result of a combination of factors, including strong regional demand and a general reduction in belly capacity in certain markets," Hui said.
"As a result of the increased demand, we operated several additional A330 frequencies to Taipei and Dhaka just for the purpose of carrying cargo," he added.
Dragonair is 43 percent-owned by China National Aviation
Corp. Conglomerate CITIC Pacific Ltd has a 29 percent stake, while Dragonair's larger rival Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd has 19 percent.
The airline's passenger network covers 29 destinations
across Asia Pacific, while its cargo network connects the
markets of Europe, the Middle East, Japan, Taiwan and mainland China.