Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will reduce capacity by 96 per cent across passenger networks in April and May in light of the severe drop in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Hong Kong-based carriers are responding to the multiple government travel restrictions that form part of the global health response plan to the outbreak.
Freighter capacity remains intact for the period.
Our ability to maintain even this skeleton schedule will depend on whether more travel restrictions are imposed by governments around the world which will further dampen passenger demand.
Cathay Pacific chief customer and commercial officer, Ronald Lam, said: “As Hong Kong’s home airlines, it is important that we continue to provide important passenger and cargo connections to and from the Hong Kong hub.
“We will therefore endeavour to maintain a minimal number of flights to and from key destinations in our network to ensure these vital arteries remain open.
“While our freighter network remains intact, we are also ramping up our cargo capacity by mounting charter services and operating certain suspended passenger services purely for airfreight to meet cargo customer demand.”
He added: “We need to take difficult but decisive measures as the scale of…