Months of pro-democracy protests and tension with mainland China have taken their toll on Hong Kong’s top airline, Cathay Pacific. The airline recently reported an 11.3% drop in passengers in August compared to the same period, a drastic drop at a time when the airline can’t afford it. The carrier’s chief executive resigned last month, due to difficult relations with mainland Chinese government and the need for a reset.
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“I can well appreciate that such volatility can cause concern over what the future may hold, the airline had always been subject to business and geopolitical pressures. Each time we have faced challenging times, we have emerged stronger than ever before. And I do believe this will be the case once again, so have confidence.” John Slosar said in a press statement
Cathay Pacific canceling more flights
Cathay Pacific will be cutting the following flights:
- From October 27, 2019, Cathay Pacific is suspending their 4x weekly flight between Hong Kong and Dublin for the winter
- On October 27, 2019, Cathay Pacific is canceling one of their Hong Kong to Paris flights, which operates 3x weekly
- Cathay Pacific is cutting 3x weekly flights between Hong Kong and New York on October 27, 2019
- From October 29, 2019, Cathay Pacific is cutting 3x weekly flights between Hong Kong and Vancouver
- Cathay Pacific is canceling one of their 5x weekly flights between Hong Kong and Washington on October 30, 2019,
- From November 1, 2019, Cathay Pacific is canceling one of their Hong Kong to Frankfurt flights, which operates 3x weekly
- Some Cathay Dragon flights to Beijing, Medan, and Tokyo are being canceled as well
With the winter season coming, that is usually slower for airlines, and all these flight cuts, Cathay will probably suffer even more financially. The protests are still in full force and show no sign of slowing down.