recorded a year-on-year rise of 79.8% in the amount of freight
carried in January. The airline carried 11,010 tonnes of freight
in the month, compared with 6,125 tonnes in January 2001. The
rise is attributed to expanded capacity and increased frequencies.
continues to hold up relatively well, which bodes well for the
rest of the year," said Stanley Hui, Dragonair CEO. "The
increase in frequencies we introduced at the end of last year
have helped, as it offers our customers more options and they
see we are committed to serving their needs."
passenger numbers, meanwhile, were off 7% in January 2002, due
to the busy Lunar New Year holiday falling in January in 2001
and boosting figures then. The airline carried 196,206 people
in the month, compared with 210,948 in the same period one year
figures for both passengers and cargo were lower, in line with
expectations. "Travel peaked in December with the traditional
Christmas and end-of-year trips," said Hui. "January
was expected to be quieter ahead of the Lunar New Year."
is currently in the midst of a programme to more than double its
fleet by the end of 2005. The Hong Kong-based airline operates
a fleet of seven A330-300s, three A321s and seven A320s, in addition
to two Boeing freighters. Its passenger network covers 27 destinations
across the Asia-Pacific region, while its cargo network connects
the markets of Europe, the Middle East, Japan and China.