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Cathay Pacific slashes 96% of capacity in April & May

The Hong Kong based airline will only operate three weekly flights each to 12 cities worldwide.

Following a major reduction of capacity since earlier this year, Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon has announced a further reduction of capacity.

All Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights are essentially cancelled, except for three flights a week to 15 cities around the world.

The cities are:

  • Singapore
  • Kuala Lumpur*
  • Bangkok
  • Jakarta
  • Manila
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Beijing*
  • Shanghai Pudong*
  • Tokyo
  • Taipei
  • New Delhi
  • Sydney
  • Los Angeles
  • Vancouver
  • London Heathrow

*operated by Cathay Dragon

The skeletal operations will last through May, after which Cathay Pacific will review the situation and make further announcements.

The reduction means a 96% reduction in capacity by the carrier.

As again, affected travellers (who is actually still travelling?!) will be reaccommodated on appropriate services, although I would reckon that may mean up to 2 days’ wait at the airport for your connecting flight!

The full schedule of this skeletal service is not out yet, but I will imagine they will not be regular (i.e. fixed days of ops each week).

Final thoughts

Cathay Pacific is definitely approaching rather differently from other airlines. While many others are amending their schedules day by day, Cathay’s decision to simplify their ops is commending, given that it provides for some certainty during this time of uncertainty.

Having said that, this is definitely still subject to change, although there really isn’t much room left to move. We can only hope that this is the rock bottom, and the only way to go is up.

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