Saturday, 21 March 2020

Cathay to operate less than 5% of its normal scheduled flights in April and May.

The Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific and sister airline Cathay Dragon have confirmed that passenger capacity will be cut by approximately 95%  during April and May this year as the continued threat from coronavirus COVID-19 continues to expand.

The drastic cut in flights is due to the growing number to travel and entry restrictions introduced by many countries and the decimating of demand as people around the world heed governments advice and self-isolate.

Only key passenger routes would still be flown, whilst the airline's cargo operations would continue to operate at its normal rate. Cathay Pacific chief customer and commercial officer, Ronald Lam commented "As Hong Kong’s home airlines, it is important that we continue to provide important passenger and cargo connections to and from the Hong Kong hub. We will therefore endeavour to maintain a minimal number of flights to and from key destinations in our network to ensure these vital arteries remain open. Our ability to maintain even this skeleton schedule will depend on whether more travel restrictions are imposed by governments around the world which will further dampen passenger demand."

Lam also indicated the airline would try to increase the freight schedule. "While our freighter network remains intact, we are also ramping up our cargo capacity by mounting charter services and operating certain suspended passenger services purely for airfreight to meet cargo customer demand.- We need to take difficult but decisive measures as the scale of the challenge facing the global aviation industry is unprecedented."

Earlier in March, the airline released its figures for 2019 -

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