Hong Kong Air­port is Los­ing a Se­ri­ous Amount of Flights

Fiji Sun - - SUNBIZ - Source: Sim­ple Fly­ing Feed­back: [email protected]­jisun.com.fj

As the sit­u­a­tion in Hong Kong con­tin­ues to de­te­ri­o­rate, air­lines have once again be­gun re­duc­ing flights into the city.

The con­tin­u­ing un­rest is hav­ing a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on Hong Kong.

Not least at the air­port, where pas­sen­ger num­bers in Oc­to­ber were down 13 per cent and flights down over six per cent.

Chi­nese car­ri­ers lead the charge

Sim­ple Fly­ing re­ported that Chi­nese car­ri­ers were cut­ting ser­vices into Hong Kong as de­mand weak­ened.

In ad­di­tion to can­cel­la­tion and fre­quency re­duc­tions, air­lines are swap­ping larger planes for smaller planes.

Shang­hai Air­lines is now us­ing Boe­ing 737800 rather than Air­bus A330-300s into Hong Kong.

Air China is tak­ing its A330s off flights be­tween Bei­jing and Hong Kong. China East­ern is no longer fly­ing wide­body jets in from Shang­hai.

Some Chi­nese air­lines have can­celed flights. China South­ern is no longer fly­ing to Hong Kong from Shenyang and Yiwu. Xi­a­men Air­lines has tem­po­rar­ily axed flights be­tween Hong Kong and Fuzhou, Hangzhou, and Quanzhou.

Big re­duc­tions in Hong Kong ser­vice from Garuda

Garuda In­done­sia has can­celed 17 of its 21 weekly ser­vices into Hong Kong from In­done­sia.

An­tara News is re­port­ing that daily ser­vices be­tween Den­pasar to Hong Kong have been dropped back to two a week and twicedaily ser­vices be­tween Jakarta and Hong Kong are also down to twice weekly.

Garuda says the ser­vices to Hong Kong will re­turn to nor­mal when the sit­u­a­tion there “im­proves.”

Garuda’s Vice Pres­i­dent Cor­po­rate Sec­re­tary Ikhsan Rosan was quoted in An­tara News say­ing;

“By re­duc­ing the fre­quency, we avoid losses. “We fly the planes to Hong Kong, based on the cur­rent de­mand.

“This is tac­ti­cal be­cause the sit­u­a­tion in Hong Kong has not been con­ducive and de­mand has de­clined.”

Many air­lines are cut­ting ser­vices to Hong Kong

Emi­rates made a splash at the Dubai Air Show with a US$16 bil­lion (FJ$34m) or­der, but it is also qui­etly cut­ting ca­pac­ity into Hong Kong.

Its flag­ship A380 air­craft has been swapped out for Boe­ing 777-300ERs on the Hong Kong run.

Qan­tas is re­port­edly tak­ing the A380 off some of its Hong Kong ser­vices and send­ing in one of their few re­main­ing Boe­ing 747400s.

Philippine Air­lines has cut its Hong Kong ser­vices from five a day to four and it is us­ing smaller air­craft.

There’s quite a list of air­lines that have can­celed or re­duced ser­vices to Hong Kong, in­clud­ing but not re­stricted to Sin­ga­pore Air­lines, ANA, United Air­lines, Air Canada and Asiana Air­lines.

Par­tic­u­larly tough on lo­cal car­rier and lo­cal air­port

As for lo­cal car­rier, Cathay Pa­cific, things have been tough.

Dur­ing the re­sults pre­sen­ta­tion, the car­rier said in­bound pas­sen­ger num­bers were down 38 per cent across Au­gust and Septem­ber and down 35 per cent in Oc­to­ber.

Ca­pac­ity was be­ing re­duced by six – seven per cent in the short term.

The air­line told the BBC that the protests had been “ex­cep­tion­ally chal­leng­ing, se­verely im­pact­ing de­mand and oper­a­tion of the busi­ness.”

The South China Morn­ing Post is re­port­ing that a coali­tion of air­lines have writ­ten to the air­port ask­ing for a re­duc­tion in fees, given de­clin­ing de­mand for travel to Hong Kong. The air­port seems un­en­thu­si­as­tic about that idea.

What is more cer­tain, as the sit­u­a­tion in Hong Kong seems cer­tain to get worse be­fore it gets bet­ter, is that de­mand for travel to Hong Kong will con­tinue to fall. Air­lines will con­tinue to wind back ser­vices, and the broader econ­omy will con­tinue to suf­fer.

Cathay Pa­cific

While other air­lines cut ser­vices and scale back ca­pac­ity, Cathay Pa­cific is stuck in Hong Kong. Photo:

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