Hong Kong Airlines is cutting around 7 percent of their passengers flights as continued protests in Hong Kong take a toll on their major carriers. Reduced demand has amounted to financial losses. Hong Kong Airlines will be shrinking its business in an attempt to limit losses brought by passengers cancelling their flights. The protests has caused the number of tourists to drop sharply.
In a report by South China Morning Post, the airline will slash up to 9% the number of available tickets. “Travel demand has declined sharply due to recurring issues in Hong Kong. In response to the current market conditions, we have temporarily reduced our capacity,” a spokeswoman for Hong Kong Airlines said.
Hong Kong Airlines has also notified its staff that they will be working reduced hours and will be taking unpaid rests or leaves as passengers and travellers deferred their travel plans. The airline said that they will not be cutting jobs.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make further adjustments if required, including internal arrangements to support our operation in the coming months,” a company spokeswoman added. “Hong Kong Airlines remains committed to offering a sustainable travel service to our customers.”
Cathay Pacific has already announced that it too is reducing capacity brought by the recent protests. It will no longer expand its winter capacity by 6%.