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Cathay Pacific expecting to operate European services as normal tonight

17 May 2010

Cathay Pacific is currently planning to operate its normal flight schedule from Hong Kong to Europe tonight (17 May) and in the early hours of tomorrow (18 May). However, the situation regarding airspace closures in the UK and continental Europe remains very fluid and rapidly changing, so passengers are advised to check the airline’s website, www.cathaypacific.com, to get the latest flight information before leaving for the airport. They are also advised that, even after departure from Hong Kong, the possibility still exists of airspace closure and flight diversions to alternate airports.


The two London flights which were diverted to Manchester continued their journey to London with arrival times of 08:38 and 09:10 on 17 May. For the Amsterdam flight which was diverted to Frankfurt, Cathay Pacific has arranged to send passengers to their destination by bus. Two of the London-Hong Kong flights on 17 May that were originally cancelled have now been reinstated.


Latest updated flight details are as follows (all times local):


Flight No.


Scheduled Departure Time



Hong Kong to London

23:55 (16 May)

Diverted to Manchester. Arrived in London at 08:38 on 17 May


Hong Kong to London

00:35 (17 May)

Diverted to Manchester. Arrived in London at 09:10 on 17 May


Hong Kong to Amsterdam

00:15 (17 May)

Diverted to Frankfurt.  Passengers will be taken to Amsterdam by bus


Hong Kong to London

09:40 (17 May)

Cancelled (originally delayed until 12:00)


Hong Kong to London

15:00 (17 May)



London to Hong Kong

12:35 (17 May)



London to Hong Kong

18:20 (17 May)



London to Hong Kong

20:20 (17 May)



London to Hong Kong

22:35 (17 May)



Amsterdam to Hong Kong

14:05 (17 May)

Passengers will be taken to Frankfurt by bus. Flight scheduled to depart from Frankfurt at 22:05 (17 May)


Passengers whose flights are cancelled are advised not to go the airport and to check the airline’s website, www.cathaypacific.com, for their alternative flight arrangements using the 'Manage Booking' tab on the home page. 


 “I would just like to stress that the situation is very fluid and that our flights may be subject to change at short notice. We will endeavour to keep passengers informed of the latest flight information but ask for their understanding given the unpredictability of the situation,” a Cathay Pacific spokesperson said.


Cathay Pacific continues to monitor the situation closely and will issue further updates as soon as more information becomes available. The airline regrets any inconvenience caused by the flight disruptions and hopes for passengers’ understanding.