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Hong Kong Airlines operates an all-Airbus fleet comprising of A320s, A330s, and A350s. The airline will soon be taking delivery of more than 20 A350s to carry out its ambitious long-haul network expansion. (Photo: AirlineGeeks

Hong Kong’s Aviation Industry Encountering Ongoing Turbulence

Hong Kong’s aviation industry has paid the price for the recent social unrest in the region.  Hong Kong Airport recorded 71.5 million passengers last year, a 4.2 percent decrease compared to the prior year. Meanwhile, total cargo declined 6.1 percent year-over-year. The passenger volume of the airport is facing its first drop in years. Vivian Cheung, Director of Airport Operation admitted the airport “went through a challenging year” and thanked the staff’s dedication in “difficult circumstances." The vibrant airport has…

Mixed Signals From Airlines on Hong Kong Market Demand

There were mixed signals this week that international tourism to Hong Kong may be seeing demand levels return to normality after almost six months of continuous political unrest. This comes after the number of travelers to the city dropped by as much as 40 percent in the peak month of…

Hong Kong Aviation Industry Still Facing Severe Turbulence as August…

The Hong Kong aviation industry is still reeling from protests that have gripped the city-state all summer. The former British colony is seeing the most critical crisis in decades as according to Hong Kong's Financial Secretary Paul Chan, the number of visitors fell 40 percent from last year. The world's…

Opinion: Chinese Crackdown on Cathay Pacific Sets Bad Precedent

On Aug. 14, 2019, the aviation world was stunned by Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg's decision to step down amid protests in Hong Kong. Though not officially confirmed, it is apparent that the resignation was Beijing’s response to news that Cathay Pacific employees were participating in protests. Hogg, the person…

Opinion: Chinese Crackdown on Cathay Pacific Sets Bad Precedent

On Aug. 14, 2019, the aviation world was stunned by Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg's decision to step down amid protests in Hong Kong. Though not officially confirmed, it is apparent that the resignation was Beijing’s response to news that Cathay Pacific employees were participating in protests. Hogg, the person…

Cathay Pacific Remains Optimistic Despite Headwinds

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has announced a net profit of $171.8 million for the first half of 2019. According to the interim result, the passenger revenue increased by 5.6 percent, the capacity increased by 6.7 percent and the load factor remained unchanged at 84.2 percent. But the group’s cargo revenue…

Cathay Pacific Remains Optimistic Despite Headwinds

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has announced a net profit of $171.8 million for the first half of 2019. According to the interim result, the passenger revenue increased by 5.6 percent, the capacity increased by 6.7 percent and the load factor remained unchanged at 84.2 percent. But the group’s cargo revenue…

American Unlocks New Route Options with Cathay Dragon Codeshare Agreement

American Airlines has announced the signing of a codeshare agreement with Hong Kong-based Cathay Dragon, a Oneworld alliance partner. The agreement adds four new destinations to American's network while increasing existing service to three other cities, all of which are located in Southeast Asia, and increases interconnectivity between the two…

Cathay Pacific Grows European Cargo Operations

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is continuing to expand its services, starting with a busy month for the airline. The carrier started a new four times per week service between Hong Kong and Seattle, along with the confirmation of taking over Hong Kong Express for $630 million from cash-strapped Chinese conglomerate…

Seattle Grows International Route Network with Three New Routes and…

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the 8th busiest airport in the United States, just got a little busier as it inaugurated three new routes over a 24 hour period this past weekend. Seeing a combination of new routes and new airlines during the International Air Transport Association's change of season, Seattle further…