As Hong Kong restricts travel from Wuhan amid the ongoing coronavirus situation, the city's hometown airline is reducing flights to China.
With the airline allowing flight crew to wear masks on its network of flights, Cathay Pacific will be reducing its flights by 50% between Hong Kong and mainland China between January 30 to the end of March. The reductions will affect Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary Cathay Dragon which combined offer flights to 26 cities in mainland China, making up 10% of the airline group's passenger traffic.
This move comes after Hong Kong has seen a reduction in travel demand in 2019 due to the pro-democracy protests in the city that has heavily affected Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific along with its competitor Hong Kong Airlines which is also struggling with its own financial issues.
With the lower demand predicted for the year, the airline had previously announced it will cut capacity by 1.4% this year. Subsidiary Cathay Dragon is offering unpaid leave for flight attendants for the rest of the year and Cathay Pacific will suspend pay packages for their crew.
On Tuesday (January 28), Hong Kong officials announced plans for suspending flights cross-border train and ferry services between the city and mainland China. Hong Kong travel permits will also not be issued for travelers from the mainland.