All posts tagged: Cathay Pacific

Hong Kong airport to accept transit passengers from 1 Jun

The airport joins Singapore in opening up air passenger transit traffic once again Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam announced on 26 May that transit services at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) will “partly resume” from 1 Jun. This announcement came weeks after Singapore announced a similar move to allow transit traffic from 2 Jun. Hong Kong implemented a ban on all non-resident visitors into Hong Kong, as well as transit passengers through HKIA since 25 Mar. All returning residents were also required to go to AsiaWorld Expo site for a compulsory Covid-19 test, before they were dispatched home to serve a 14-day self-quarantine. Cathay Pacific group to benefit Since the ban on transit passengers kicked in from 25 Mar, Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon collectively saw a drastic drop in passenger numbers, well over 99% compared to same period last year. Cathay Pacific, which has been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, has since April operated to “a skeleton schedule” of barely a dozen destinations served by just a handful of flights per week. The reopening of …

Covid-19: Cathay Pacific moves to Changi Airport Terminal 1 for now

Terminal 4 should be shut by this week We wrote last week that Changi Airport will be temporarily closing Changi Airport Terminal 2 from May 2020 to October 2021 in view of the on-going Covid-19 situation. In the same announcement, Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan did hint at closing Terminal 4 if all airlines adjusted or suspended operations. The time should be now. Cathay Pacific announced last week that it will be temporarily relocating to Terminal 1 since last Friday (10 Apr). With its lounge at Terminal 4 temporarily shut, this move does make sense. Cathay Pacific still operating flights to Singapore At the time of writing, Cathay Pacific did say that it will be operating three flights a week to Singapore. However, a quick look on its website showed that it was operating on average about two flights a week, with five more flights scheduled for the remainder of April. From 10 Apr, Cathay Pacific will be using rows 12 & 13 of Terminal 1 for the few flights that it will be …

Cathay Pacific axes almost all fuel surcharges

Fuel surcharge on most sectors to be removed for tickets issued from 1 May Cathay Pacific updated yesterday (14 Apr) that it will axe fuel surcharge on most tickets, with few exceptions. From 1 May, Cathay Pacific will remove fuel surcharges, better known as YQ within the industry, for all flights, except for select journeys from Japan and the Philippines. Note that this date applies for tickets issued from 1 May onwards, and not for tickets issued now for travel from 1 May. The details Cathay Pacific long had a fuel surcharge component that ranges around USD48.7 (~S$70) at present, with some exceptions. From 1 May, all fuel surcharges will be removed, except the following: For example, if you bought a ticket that starts from Tokyo to Sydney via Hong Kong, you will pay JPY2,000 (Tokyo to Hong Kong) + JPY7,300 (Hong Kong to Sydney) each way in fuel surcharge – and this will continue after 1 May. Wait, what is fuel surcharge? Fuel surcharge was a concept introduced back more than a decade ago …

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. …

Cathay Pacific to close three Hong Kong lounges temporarily

Customers will still have access to two business class and one first class lounge at Hong Kong International Airport. Cathay Pacific has taken yet another measure in the face of Covid-19: lounge closure of half its lounges at Hong Kong International Airport. This came not too long after it announced that it will be reducing flights worldwide. The lounges that will be closed until further notice are: The Deck (near Gate 6) The Bridge (near Gate 35) The Pier First Class Lounge (near Gate 63) Customers, Marco Polo Silver members and above, as well as oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members can still access the remaining three lounges: The Wing business and first class lounges (near Gate 2) The Pier business class lounge (near Gate 65) First Class passengers now have only one lounge – The Wing, located near Gate 2. This is directly accessible right after immigration, on the left side. Cathay Pacific is one of the few airlines that offer an excellent lounge experience in their home port. For First Class passengers and Oneworld …