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.
Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Ronald Lam said in a statement provided to Reuters,“given the current significant decline in forward bookings for the remainder of the year, we will make some short-term tactical measures such as capacity realignments. Specifically, we are reducing our capacity growth such that it will be slightly down year-on-year for the 2019 winter season versus our original growth plan of more than 6% for the period.”
The following Cathay Pacific flights from Hong Kong to the United States will see reductions:
Cathay Pacific's subsidiary Cathay Dragon is also seen to cut routes following the drop in traffic brought by the continued protests in Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific has been greatly affected by the recent Hong Kong protests. The airline has experienced flight operation suspensions for a day as protesters stormed the airport. Hong Kong is the only hub of the airline.