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Cathay Pacific flights affected by unexpected strong winds

24 Jul 2003

More Cathay Pacific flights had to be diverted today due to an unexpected change in weather conditions. Strong crosswinds at Hong Kong International Airport that were not forecast meant that four in-bound Cathay Pacific flights had to be diverted. However, weather conditions are expected to improve this afternoon and the airline is hopeful that operations will be back to normal later in the evening.

The flights diverted include CX873 from San Francisco and CX881 from Los Angeles, both of which were diverted to Taipei. CX288 from Frankfurt has also been diverted to Taipei, while CX710 from Singapore has been diverted to Kaohsiung in Taiwan. The status of all flights affected so far today is highlighted in the table below.

Flight NumberOriginDestination

Scheduled arrival time

Diverted toEstimated arrival Time
Amsterdam Hong Kong07:50--11:30(Arrived)
CX292RomeHong Kong06:45--12:08(Arrived)
CX881Los Angeles Hong Kong07:40Taipei12:14(Arrived)
CX748JohannesburgHong Kong08:00--13:33(Arrived)
CX873San FranciscoHong Kong06:30Taipei
CX288FrankfurtHong Kong07:05Taipei15:00
CX710SingaporeHong Kong12:00Kaohsiung16:00
CX785Hong KongDenpasar, Bali10:05

Departures of Cathay Pacific flights from Hong Kong are currently not being affected, although the situation could change depending on the weather conditions. Passengers due to travel this afternoon, and those meeting passengers from inbound flights, are urged to contact the passenger hotlines for updated flight information.

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