Cathay Pacific CEO John Slosar stated the carrier is "looking actively" at new routes, including the possibility of launching services to Latin America and adding services to Africa , according to a Dow Jones Newswires report. With 95 aircraft (passenger and cargo) on order, the carrier will have the capacity to support expansion opportunities, he said. [more - Perspective on World's Biggest Airlines]
Cathay Pacific 'actively looking' at new routes; Latin America & African destinations a possibility
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The summer 2016 season came to an end on 29-Oct-2016. Adjusting for an extra week relative to the previous summer, it produced seat growth of 6% for capacity to/from/within Europe, matching the rate of growth in summer 2015, but higher than the 10-year average rate of 4% and higher than any other summer since 2010.
Current indications from data filed with OAG are that Europe will also experience accelerating capacity growth in the winter 2016/2017 season, which runs from 30-Oct-2016 to 25-Mar-2017. Adjusting for the season being shorter by one week relative to last winter, total seat growth in Europe is set to reach 7%, compared with 6% growth in winter 2015/2016 (and 6% growth in summer 2016). This is higher than the 10-year average rate for winter of 3% and the highest winter growth since 2007/2008.
On routes to all but one region from Europe, seat growth this winter will both be faster than last winter and higher than its 10-year average. The one exception is Europe to Middle East, the fastest-growing region, where capacity growth will remain at 10%. This report presents analysis of this winter's seat growth for Europe by region and by airline group.
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