Cathay Pacific to add services to UK,US amidst global aviation distress
Cathay Pacific has said it would reinstate some of its services to the UK and US against the current trend of airline closing down on route and grounding aircraft. Cathay Pacific was heavily hit by coronavirus. It was one of the first affected airlines in the world with massive cancellations and grounding of its fleet. Recently pictures surfaced the internet with aircraft grounded and parked at Hong Kong International Airport. Cathay Pacific had recently suspended services to Japan due to the travel ban and restrictions which also resulted in cancellation of 75% of its flights worldwide. Recently the airline had stated it will reinstate its services to UK and US.
Flights resume to UK/US
Cathay Pacific had announced that it will reinstate its service to the UK and the US. It sites increase in demand due to Easter and that its overseas residents want to return back home. In a statement Cathay Pacific had said it “understands that many Hong Kong students and citizens in North America and London are eager to come home as soon as possible and in time for the Easter break”.
Cathay Pacific has reinstated its service CX845 to New-York JFK on the 19th of March, CX811 to Boston on the 20th of March, CX881 to Los Angeles from March 20th to 28th except March 23rd, CX857 to Seattle on March 21st, CX893 and CX879 to San Francisco on the 16th and 18th, CX250 will operate from 19th March to 21st, CX254 on the 19th and CX256 from 18th March to the 21st from London Heathrow to Hong Kong and CX255 will depart from Hong Kong to London-Heathrow from the 17th of March to the 21st.
Cathay Pacific has also advised its passengers to arrive early at London-Heathrow in a statement saying “Congestion at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is highly likely, with longer queues expected at security and immigration. We suggest passengers arrive 3 to 4 hours prior to their flight’s scheduled departure time. Limiting or minimising carry-on baggage may help to speed up departure formalities.”
Travel Restrictions by Hong Kong
On March 15th Hong Kong issued an alert for travellers from Ireland, UK and US that all passengers arriving at Hong Kong who all have earlier been to UK, Ireland, US and Egypt in the past 14 days will be quarantined irrespective of their nationalities.
These flights which are reinstated comes at a time where airlines are grounding aircraft, cutting jobs and losses mounting with Cathay Pacific reporting a loss of $2 billion in February alone.