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Cathay Pacific Still Facing Turbulence

Hong Kong’s aviation market is still facing severe turbulence as Cathay Pacific is expecting its daily passenger count could be as low as 600 in March. According to the airline, it served 21,134 passengers in February, a decrease of nearly 98% compared to the same time last year. The struggling airline has experienced an unusual Lunar New Year Holidays, which was supposedly one of the peak travel seasons in the city. “Daily passenger numbers trended downwards throughout the month, reaching…

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Announce Travel Recovery Plan

Prolonged travel restrictions and comprehensive entry requirements for international travelers continue to be significant obstacles for airlines. Partially as a result, airlines have recorded low travel demand and aircraft load factors throughout the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  Nevertheless, Cathay Pacific — an airline that has gradually adapted to the changes than…

Cathay Pacific Offers Mask Exemption For Premium Classes

On Tuesday, an external memo to Cathay Pacific staff revealed that the airline is no longer requiring masks for First and Business Class passengers. This only applies when customers are laid down in a fully-reclined lay-flat seat. While the move may be considered adverse to public health guidelines, Cathay believes…

Cathay Pacific Takes Over 15 Chinese Routes From Subsidiary

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines were forced to downsize their operations. Among them was Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific decided to cut its regional subsidiary, Cathay Dragon, last October. As a result, the airline will pick up the capacity left by Cathay Dragon, specifically its portfolio of Chinese routes. Cathay…

Hong Kong International Airport Passenger Volume Dropped 88% In 2020

Hong Kong International Airport announced a drop in passenger volume for the second year in a row. According to the Hong Kong Airport Authority, the Asian hub recorded 8.8 million passengers in 2020, an 87.7% decrease compared to 2019. The airport has recorded 74.7 million and 71.5 million passengers in…

Cathay Pacific Introduced Covid-19 Insurance

Cathay Pacific Airways needs to lure the essential travel and boost passengers’ confidence after being hit by the coronavirus. The airline has introduced a free Covid-19 insurance to its passengers for the trips are commenced between Dec. 7 and Feb. 28 inclusive. Per a Cathay Pacific press release, the coverage…

More Airlines Support Digital Health Travel Apps

Two more carriers are joining the CommonPass mobile app initiative to establish a common platform for digital information sharing in order to restart international traffic after it has been drastically reduced by the COVID-19 pandemic. JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic have joined United Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines in…

Cathay Pacific Cuts Seven Routes to North America, Europe, Maldives

On Tuesday, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that Cathay Pacific was cutting seven key routes from its network, including flights to North America, Europe and the Maldives. The news was revealed in an internal memo seen by SCMP, which explained that all of the routes were losing money…

Hong Kong Aviation’s Rocky First Eight Months of 2020

Hong Kong's aviation industry was hit hard by the onset of the pandemic earlier this year. But while that resulted in worldwide pullbacks in travel demand, Hong Kong's aviation industry has been experiencing headwinds since the second half of 2019. With no end in sight for the pandemic, Cathay Pacific…

Hong Kong Aviation Industry, Cathay Pacific Facing Severe Turbulence

As a result of weakened travel demand due to COVID-19, Hong Kong International Airport is seeing a huge drop of passenger volume as 8.3 million passengers were recorded in the first six months of this year, the airport reported in a press release. It has dropped 78.1% compared to the…