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Cathay Pacific flight update
(Updated as of HKT1200, 8 July 2001)

08 Jul 2001

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that as of 8:00 am today, Sunday 8 July a total of 41 flights had been cancelled due to continued disruption caused by industrial action by the pilots' union and the result of the reduced Cathay Pacific flight schedule. A total of 37 flights have been delayed by more than 15 minutes. 129 flights were originally scheduled to operate today.

Yesterday, 7 July, a total of 49 flights were cancelled from the original schedule of 128 flights. Eleven extra flights were operated yesterday in an effort to clear the backlog of delayed passengers. Cathay Pacific also operated seven flights using chartered aircraft.

The airline will schedule a total of 16 extra flights today in order to restore regular service as quickly as possible. 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 30 flights around the region today.

Cathay Pacific's Director Corporate Development Tony Tyler said: "In the aftermath of the typhoon and with the AOA's escalating industrial action, we decided yesterday to make temporary reductions in our schedule. We are doing this until we can be sure of operating a reliable, albeit reduced, schedule for our passengers. We sincerely apologise to all of our passengers for the inconvenience caused. Our teams are still working around the clock to get passengers to their destinations as soon as possible."

The destinations that have been temporarily suspended from Sunday are 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 temporarily suspended to enhance network reliability while the dispute continues.

The airline strongly recommends that passengers booked on flights today and tomorrow 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.

Update flight information is always available at www.cathaypacific.com.

Chinese-language hotline: 2747 8888
English-language hotline: 2747 8999