By: Air Traveller PH Staff
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is now even taking a toll on airlines. Hong Kong based airline Cathay Pacific is encouraging its 27,000 employees to take a three-week leave without pay in a bid to save money amid the 2019-nCoV outbreak.The airline is slashing its capacity by 30% as travel demand to and from the region is falling.
Brought by continued protests which lead to a huge drop of traffic in and out the city, Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific is set to reduce capacity of its United States flights for the airline's winter schedule. The cut in capacity was brought by its poor August performance. Inbound traffic to Hong Kong fell by 38% and outbound traffic dropped by 12%. Cathay Pacific suffered an 11.3% drop in passenger numbers for the month of August.
If you think you have the right to do whatever you want on board a Cathay Pacific flight even if it entails being unruly and disobedient to the flight crew, be warned. Cathay Pacific is 'watching' your every movement through the aircraft's inflight entertainment systems and CCTVs present around the aircraft and airport. The information and images will be stored indefinitely, with the airline claiming it will be for "as long as necessary".