The Cathay Pacific route map is about to get much smaller as the Hong Kong-based oneworld airline permanently drops 7 destinations, including three to the U.S.
- Washington Dulles
- London Gatwick
Little is lost dropping Newark, with New York JFK still offering service. Similarly they’ll still fly to London Heathrow, just not Gatwick. But Seattle should have been a reasonable market, especially with their Alaska Airlines partnership. And Washington DC is often served by international airlines without regard to its profitability – a luxury that’s harder to afford presently.
Cathay Pacific will not be able to bring passengers to the Maldives any longer. With leisure travel returning more quickly than business travel dropping this destination surprises me.
The South China Morning Post‘s Danny Lee reports on an internal airline memo outlining the changes.
As we have previously announced, we expect to operate well under 25 per cent of 2019 passenger capacity in the first half of 2021 and below 50 per cent for the entire year,” a Cathay spokeswoman said.
“After careful consideration, we believe it is unlikely we will operate flights services to these destinations in the near future. We remain in a very dynamic situation and we will continue to review our flight network.”
The Dublin route was suspended prior to Covid-19, during last year’s protests in the city which kept people away.
In all, Cathay Pacific is going to be a much smaller airline for awhile and they will not restart service to these cities – except to the extent several years from now when travel has fully recovered and they re-evaluate opportunities.