Cathay implements temporary reduction in capacity due to Coronavirus outbreak

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon have announced the implementation of reductions across their networks over the next two months due to the drop in market demand caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, the company said.

The airline expects to cut 90% of its mainland China flights over the next two months, and cut 30% across the rest of their networks.

In late January, Cathay joined other Hong Kong-based carriers, halving capacity into mainland China, in response to a request from the Hong Kong government to slow the spread of the virus.

The outbreak is believed to have begun in Wuhan, which has since been placed on an indefinite lockdown.