CATHAY PACIFIC HAS decided to suspend its four-times weekly Dublin to Hong Kong service for the winter.
The Hong Kong-based carrier said that it has decided to temporarily suspend the flights from 7 November 2019 to 29 March 2020.
The move comes shortly after Cathay Pacific reported a near-40% drop in traffic into Hong Kong in August following disruption caused by anti-government protests in the city. The airline has faced pressure from the Chinese government with chairman John Slosar resigning earlier this month, just weeks after the departure of chief executive Rupert Hogg.
In a statement, Cathay Pacific said it decided to temporarily shelve the Dublin-Hong Kong service following a “careful review of the current business environment”.
“This is a difficult decision to make, but also a necessary one in view of the commercial challenges we currently face. The Dublin and Hong Kong non-stop flight will resume on 30 March 2020,” a spokesperson said.
Cathay Pacific said it will “continue to strengthen our investments in the Irish market” through additional marketing activities over the coming months.
“We are confident in the long-term prospect and strength of the traffic between Ireland, Hong Kong and the rest of Asia,” the spokesperson said.
A Dublin Airport spokesman told Fora it “was disappointed that the route has been temporarily suspended for the winter season, but it would work closely with Cathay Pacific in relation to the resumption of its direct Hong Kong service in March of next year”.
It has been reported that Cathay Pacific will reduce services in Indonesia, Paris, Frankfurt and several US cities. It is also reportedly planning a hiring and spending freeze.