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As Coronavirus Looms Large, Hong Kong Airlines Seeks Refuge in Potential Air China Deal

Looking for a lifeline in the sea of turmoil seems like a reach for cash strapped Hong Kong Airlines but talks are in the cards for the carrier to find a new home. According to the South China Morning Post, the airline is in talks with Air China for the national carrier to take over the private carrier and alleviate some of the pressure on HNA Group to find profitability. The airline also has other parties looking into acquiring the…

Hainan Makes Plea for Government Aid as Coronavirus Outbreak Looms

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Hainan provincial official authorities have been named to be on a committee at the HNA Group, the parent group of Hainan Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines. HNA Group admitted its financial difficulties and requested assistance from the government. Earlier, it was widely rumored that stated-owned China…

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…

Hong Kong Airlines Meets Government Deadline, Tries to Begin Turnaround

The government of Hong Kong on Monday presented struggling carrier Hong Kong Airlines with an ultimatum: Find the money to pay its employees by Dec. 7 or risk having its operating license suspended or even revoked. The next day, the airline's chief executive officer released a statement vowing to take…

Government Issues an Ultimatum to Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong’s Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) has informed Hong Kong Airlines to find increased funding by December 7, otherwise, the carrier's operating license may be revoked. Earlier, the cash-strapped airline failed to pay staff salaries on time, ATLA met with the airline’s management members on November 29 due to…

Hong Kong Airlines’ Operating Certificate in Jeopardy as Airline Fails…

The continuing political protests in Hong Kong have been cited by Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) as the main reason a significant number of their staff will not be paid on time this month. The South China Morning Post on Thursday reported excerpts of an internal HKA memo which stated: “Hong…

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…

Hong Kong Airlines Threatens to Sue Those Who Question Financial…

According to the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Airlines on Jan. 5 issued a statement in which it threatened legal action against any organization that publicly questions its financial health in the wake of a turbulent few months for the carrier and an especially troubling start to 2019. The…

Hong Kong Airlines Suffers From Wave of Resignations

Hong Kong Airlines has continued its ongoing tumultuous wave of resignations, ranging from the Chief Financial Officer and six directors who have left the airline since July. In response to the recent incidents, the airline reiterated that “Hong Kong Airlines is operated by an independent Hong Kong-based management. The recent…