Cathay Pacific flight update
(Updated as of HKT1600, 7 July 2001)
07 Jul 2001
Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that currently 54 flights have been cancelled for Saturday, 7 July due to continued disruption in the wake of Typhoon Utor, and industrial action by the pilots' union. A total of 31 flights have also experienced delays of more than 15 minutes. A total of 128 flights were originally scheduled to operate.
The airline will operate a total of 16 extra flights in an effort to clear the backlog of delayed passengers. Four are operated by Cathay Pacific's own aircraft, and twelve by other carriers including China Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines.
Cathay Pacific will also use chartered aircraft to operate a total of seven flights between Hong Kong and Melbourne, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur.
Disruption today has been worse than usual for two reasons; the unexpectedly bad weather in the wake of the typhoon, and signs of intensified industrial action by the pilots' union. Last night 28 flights had to be diverted to other airports around the region.
Winds at Hong Kong International Airport picked up significantly from 6:00pm yesterday and all flights into and out of the airport were cancelled from 11:30pm. The bad weather affected all airlines operating into Hong Kong and created a backlog of arriving and departing aircraft. Cathay Pacific is doing everything possible to get passengers to their destinations as speedily as possible. Passengers whose flights have been cancelled or delayed are being rebooked onto alternative flights.
Cathay Pacific's Director Corporate Development Tony Tyler said: "We sincerely apologise to all of our passengers for the inconvenience being caused by the current flight delays. Our teams have been working around the clock to get passengers to their destinations as soon as possible."
The airline strongly recommends that passengers booked on flights today check the latest flight details on the Cathay Pacific Website or call the passenger enquiry hotlines before going to the airport. Due to the current heavy volume of inquiries we must apologise that calls may take some time to answer.Chinese-language hotline: 2747 8888
English-language hotline: 2747 8999
Update flight information is always available at www.cathaypacific.com