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Cathay Pacific cuts more flights as demand falls, limited service to Kuala Lumpur resumed

22 Apr 2003

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced further temporary cuts to its scheduled passenger services in a response to a plunge in passenger numbers resulting from the atypical pneumonia outbreak and the war in Iraq. This is the fourth round of cuts the airline has been forced to make since 31 March 2003 in response to a steep fall in bookings across its network.

In all, 23 destinations will be affected and 218 weekly services cut - or 45 percent of the airline's normal weekly schedule. The majority of service cuts are still on regional routes though services to long-haul destinations in Australia, Europe and North America have also been affected.

The cities to which services have been reduced are: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Denpasar, Frankfurt, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Nagoya, Osaka, Paris, Penang, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Vancouver, Rome, Sydney, Fukuoka and Sapporo.

Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Planning Augustus Tang said: "Unfortunately, demand has continued to drop, mainly due to the impact of the atypical pneumonia outbreak, and we have had to make further cutbacks to our services. We will continue to review the situation and make schedule adjustments as and when necessary. At the same time we will strive to maintain our network."

Cathay Pacific is to resume services to Malaysia following the Malaysian government's decision to rescind its recent announcement that prevented many Hong Kong citizens from entering the country. The airline will operate one flight each day, CX721/0, to Kuala Lumpur effective from 24 April and the service will be timed to connect with services from Seoul, Osaka, and Tokyo.

However, this flight will no longer continue to Penang due to continued low demand.

While the airline's passenger services have been pared back extensively, Cathay Pacific is still operating a full freighter schedule to and from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. The airline will also bring its B747-200F freighter back into service in May to boost cargo capacity. It is the final aircraft parked after the post- September 2001 downturn to be brought back into service.

Please turn to the following page for a full list of flight cancellations.
Destination Flight No. Day of Week From To
    *Some exceptions apply
London CX253/CX252 2,3,6,7 08-Apr 31-May
Los Angeles CX880/CX883 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 09-Apr 25-Apr
Melbourne CX135/CX134 2,3,5,6 08-Apr 31-May
Paris CX261/CX260 2,4,7 08-Apr 31-May
1 14-Apr 30-Apr
Amsterdam CX271/CX270 1,6 12-Apr 31-May
Frankfurt CX289/CX288 1,3,6 01-May 31-May
Sydney CX111/CX110 1,2 14-Apr 31-May
3,7 01-May 31-May
Seoul CX418/CX411 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 05-Apr 30-May
Taipei CX460/CX461 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 03-Apr 31-May
CX464/CX403 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 08-Apr 31-May
CX470/CX471 5 04-Apr 31-May
CX408/CX465 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 11-Apr 31-May
CX406/CX467 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 14-Apr 31-May
CX466/CX405 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 07-Apr 31-May
Tokyo CX500/CX501 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 02-Apr 31-May
CX520/CX521 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 06-May 31-May
Bangkok CX709/CX708 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 03-Apr 31-May
CX751/CX702 1,5 11-Apr 31-May
CX701/CX702 2,3,4,6,7 09-Apr 31-May
Singapore CX715/CX710 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 31-Mar 31-May
CX735/CX734 4,6,7 03-Apr 31-May
CX736/CX737 2,3,4 10-Apr 31-May
CX717/CX716 1,2,5,7 13-Apr 31-May
Jakarta CX777/CX776 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 08-Apr 31-May
Denpasar CX785/CX784 1,3,5 07-Apr 31-May
Manila CX907/CX906 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 10-Apr 31-May
CX913/CX912 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 01-Apr 31-May
CX919/CX918 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 08-Apr 31-May

Kuala Lumpur


Kuala Lumpur/Penang

CX725/CX722 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 03-Apr 31-May
CX723/CX724 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 10-Apr 31-May
CX721/CX720 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 13-Apr 30-Apr
Osaka CX502/CX503 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 23-Apr30-June
Nagoya CX532/CX533 1,4 14-Apr 31-May