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Seats fill up on Dragonair
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-07-19 13:21
Dragonair, Hong Kong's second-largest carrier, said yesterday its passengers increased by 10 percent in the first half amid strong demand in the travel industry.

The airline said it carried 2.61 million passengers in the first six months of the year, compared with 2.37 million in the same period last year.

Stanley Hui, the airline's chief executive officer, said he believes the performance will be even better in the remaining half.

"We see a stronger second half, with individual and group traffic rising again, especially to secondary routes in the China's mainland," Hui said in a statement.

But he added that high fuel prices will put pressure on the airline in the coming months.

The statement also said cargo in the first half increased 4.6 percent on year, from 179,931 metric tons to 188,180 metric tons.

Dragonair has a large stake in the world's fastest-growing aviation market, China, covering flights to nearly two dozen cities. Its major rival, Cathay Pacific, recently acquired the company in a HK$8.22 billion (US$1.05 billion) buy-out.



Source:Agencies 
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