Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific says passenger traffic slumped last month on plummeting demand from mainland Chinese travelers.
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The carrier's September traffic figures released Friday are the latest sign that mainland visitors are staying away from the semiautonomous Chinese city as pro-democracy protests continue.
The company said flight bookings to mainland China on Cathay Pacific and its regional carrier Cathay Dragon tumbled 23.2 % in September from a year ago, contributing to a 7.1 % decline in overall passenger traffic.
The airline did not specifically mention the Hong Kong protests as a factor.
But Cathay said that September, traditionally a strong travel period that leads in to October's National Day holiday, was "another challenging month" with particularly weak demand in the mainland China market for travel to Hong Kong.