Cathay Pacific’s Cairns flights affected by approaching cyclone, snow hits other services(1700 HKT)
01 Feb 2011
Cathay Pacific Airways advises that a number of its services today are being affected by adverse weather conditions and that passengers should check the airline’s website, www.cathaypacific.com, to get the latest flight information before departing for the airport.
In Cairns, heavy winds are expected from 22.00 tonight (local time) through most of tomorrow due to the approach of Cyclone Yasi. As a result, Cathay Pacific has confirmed that tonight’s CX103 Hong Kong-Brisbane-Cairns service will now terminate in Brisbane, and that the Cairns-Brisbane leg of the CX102 service tomorrow (2 February) will not operate.
Meanwhile, three of the airline’s flights from Hong Kong to Sapporo today had to be diverted to Tokyo due to heavy snow at Chitose International Airport in Hokkaido. One runway has been cleared now and the three flights, CX580, CX2580 and CX2582, will depart from Tokyo to Chitose soon. There will be a subsequent delay in today’s flights returning from Sapporo to Hong Kong.
Earlier today the airline cancelled two flights – CX830 from Hong Kong to New York and the CX831 service from New York to Hong Kong – in anticipation of heavy snow and freezing conditions in the US city. However, this afternoon’s CX840 Hong Kong to New York service will operate at 18.25, a delay of one hour, and the 1 February CX889 service from New York will also operate as scheduled.
In addition to checking flight details at the Cathay Pacific website, customers are also advised to input their contact details in the Manage My Booking function at the website to ensure they get the latest flight information via SMS or email.
The airline will continue to monitor the situation for destinations affected by the weather and will issue further updates should there be any changes to the flight schedules.