Cathay Pacific Airways filled more seats for the second straight month last month, helped by increased travel during the Lunar New Year holiday. The airline filled 80.4 per cent of seats last month, up from 79.6 per cent a year ago as passenger numbers rose 15 per cent to 1.39 million. Passenger traffic, the number of travellers multiplied by the distance flown, rose 13 per cent last month, Cathay said, faster than its 11 per cent growth in capacity. Cathay filled 61.9 per cent of cargo space last month, up from 61.1 per cent a year ago as demand for air freight rose before the Lunar New Year holiday. Cargo volume grew 22 per cent to 91,366 tonnes. 'However, underlying demand is somewhat unpredictable, with continued uncertainty over the imposition of quotas on Chinese-made garments in Europe and the US, business will likely be weaker in February,' said Cathay's general manager, revenue management, sales and distribution Ian Shiu. Cathay shares closed flat at $13.95 before the data was released.