Cathay Pacific flight update
(Updated as of HKT22:00)
08 Jul 2001
Cathay Pacific Airways announced that as of 10:00pm today it had cancelled a total of 45 of the original 129 flights scheduled for the day due to the industrial action initiated by its pilots' union and the disruptions caused by the aftermath of Typhoon Utor. The union's go-slow campaign had meanwhile resulted in a total of 74 flights being delayed by more than 15 minutes, and 22 by more than 90 minutes.
The airline has taken a number of steps which have largely cleared the backlog of passengers delayed by the typhoon. A total of 16 extra flights have been operated by Cathay Pacific's own aircraft and those of other carriers namely China Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines. Cathay Pacific has also used the 15 aircraft it has chartered to operate a total of 30 flights around the region.
Cathay Pacific's Director Corporate Development Tony Tyler said: "We sincerely apologise to the many passengers who have been inconvenienced by the AOA's industrial action and the disruptions caused by the typhoon. Fortunately the situation is improving as we mount extra flights to the most popular destinations."
Cathay Pacific today also began to operate a temporarily reduced schedule to ensure it could maintain a reliable service despite the AOA's industrial action. The reduced schedule represents approximately 80% of the airline's normal schedule and includes the suspension of a number of destinations and reductions in frequencies to other destinations. The reduced schedule sees approximately 260 flights a week being suspended out of the original schedule of 1,360 flights.
Destinations temporarily suspended include Adelaide, Colombo, Cairns, Delhi, Hanoi, Karachi, Manchester, New York, Penang and Perth. All direct flights between Taiwan and Osaka, and Taiwan and Nagoya have also been suspended. Passengers can still travel between Hong Kong and Hanoi on Cathay Pacific's codeshare flights operated by Vietnam Airlines.
Cathay Pacific's In-Town Check-In services at Kowloon Station and Hong Kong Station of the Airport Express Line remain closed until further notice.
Cathay Pacific recommends that passengers booked on flights over the next few days check the latest flight details on its Website or call its passenger enquiry hotlines or their travel agent before going to the airport. The hotlines will remain open overnight:
Update flight information is always available on www.cathaypacific.com
.Chinese-language hotline: 2747 8888
English-language hotline: 2747 8999