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Cathay Pacific to resume flights to six more destinations

13 Jul 2001

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it would resume flights to six more suspended destinations as its services return to normal following the industrial action initiated by its pilots' union. Five destinations will be restored by next Saturday, namely Penang, Cairns, Colombo, Delhi, and Adelaide. Flights to New York will resume on 1 August. This will leave Karachi and Manchester as the only destinations still suspended.

The schedule for the resumption is as follows:

Services as normal
14 July
17 July
17 July
17 July
21 July
New York
1 August

Cathay Pacific's Director Corporate Development Tony Tyler said: "We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers by the AOA's threat of industrial action. Fortunately as our schedule reliability continues to improve we are pleased to be able to resume services to these destinations. The number of pilots reporting sick has come down and is now closer to normal levels."

Cathay Pacific suspended services to nine destinations on 8 July following disruptions caused by the AOA's threat of industrial action and the aftermath of Typhoon Utor. Today saw the resumption of flights to Perth, as well as the restoration of all frequencies between Hong Kong and Seoul and Manila. Tomorrow will see the full resumption of flights between Hong Kong and Taipei and the whole of Japan.

Cathay Pacific today plans to operate a total of 129 flights out of its original schedule of 144. As of 4pm, just 11 flights have been delayed by more than 15 minutes. In view of the improving situation, the airline announced yesterday it would release three of its 17 chartered aircraft over the weekend: a Boeing 747-400 and two Boeing 777-200s all on lease from Air China.

Cathay Pacific recommends passengers booked on flights over the next few days check the latest flight details on its Website, their local Cathay Pacific reservations office, or their travel agent before going to the airport.

Updated flight information is always available on www.cathaypacific.com.