Cathay Pacific Cuts More Flights As Passenger Numbers Plunge

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Cathay Pacific is cutting even more flights according to an internal document seen by CNN and SCMP due to lower passenger demand than anticipated.

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific has, on some days, carried less than 600 passengers down from average 100,000 just a year ago.

Here’s an excerpt from the SCMP (access their piece here):

Cathay Pacific has seen its passenger traffic collapse to as little as 0.6 per cent of its normal 100,000 daily passenger volume, the airline has told staff, as it increased its flight reductions to 97 per cent in April.

Cathay cited an incident when it carried only 582 customers on one day this week, with a load factor of 18.3 per cent. The airline would normally carry 100,000 a day, representing a drop of 99.4 per cent.

Cathay Pacific continues to fly twice a week to London Heathrow, Vancouver, Sydney, and Los Angeles, and three times a week to regional destinations of Taipei, New Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai (Pudong), and Kuala Lumpur.

Here’s what the airport looked like a month ago:

Hong Kong Airport (HKG) Very Quiet Experience

And all the parked planes:

Conclusion

These extremely low load factors on limited flights should not come as a surprise because transiting in Hong Kong is banned, and only residents can enter. There could be some citizens still leaving for their home countries, but that traffic must be drying up too.

There just is no need for passenger flights at all unless Hong Kong begins allowing transit again, and entry restrictions/bans are lifted.

I was supposed to fly to Hong Kong last week but had to cancel due to not allowed to enter from Japan.

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