Cathay considers transporting cargo only on passenger jets to Japan

Cathay Pacific has announced a plan for operating cargo-only services on passenger aircraft is under consideration, the company said.

In a notice sent out to clients, Cathay´s cargo arm says it only expects passenger belly cargo operations to be impacted by recently-announced cuts. However, it is looking at ways to continue serving cargo customers to and from Japan.

Cathay cut most of its flights to and from Japan for March, following newly-imposed travel restrictions — related to the coronavirus outbreak — by Japanese authorities, which said Chinese and Hong Kong passport holders will face a mandatory, two-week quarantine on arrival.

From 9 March, the airline cut all passenger flights between Hong Kong and Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sapporo, as well as Tokyo Haneda. From 13 March, Tokyo Narita and Osaka Kansai, as well as services between Taipei and Tokyo Narita and Osaka Kansai, will be cancelled.

The carrier says its freighter operations to Japan remain unaffected.