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BRIEF-Cathay Pacific Airways Says Cathay Pacific & Cathay Dragon Carried Total Of 3.1 Mln Passengers In Dec, Up 1.8%

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd:

* CATHAY PACIFIC & CATHAY DRAGON CARRIED A TOTAL OF 3.1 MILLION PASSENGERS IN DEC, UP 1.8% COMPARED TO DEC 2017

* CATHAY PACIFIC AND CATHAY DRAGON PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR DECREASED 0.8 PERCENTAGE POINTS TO 83.8% IN DEC

* FOR CATHAY PACIFIC AND CATHAY DRAGON IN 2018, NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CARRIED GREW BY 1.9% WHILE CAPACITY INCREASED BY 3.5%

* "UNCERTAINTY REMAINS IN COMING MONTHS REGARDING TRADE SITUATION BETWEEN CHINA AND UNITED STATES"

* CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS - CATHAY PACIFIC AND CATHAY DRAGON CARRIED 182,863 TONNES OF CARGO AND MAIL IN DEC, DOWN 4.9%

* CATHAY PACIFIC - BUSINESS CLASS DEMAND REMAINED STRONG DURING DECEMBER, WITH PREMIUM LEISURE TRAFFIC OVER HOLIDAY PERIOD BEING A KEY DRIVER Source text (https://bit.ly/2FAKG9l) Further company coverage: