Yesterday I wrote about Hong Kong Airlines is struggling to pay staff their November salaries on-time. This doesn’t really come as much of a surprise, as the airline has been struggling financially for quite a while, and the current situation in Hong Kong has only made things worse.
Well, today the airline announced even further cuts, including that they’re cutting their very last long haul route.
As Hong Kong Airlines describes it, they’ve been reviewing their network strategy and are focused on “operating priority routes under the challenging business environment caused by the ongoing social unrest in Hong Kong.”
So, what’s changing? Most significantly, Hong Kong Airlines will end flights between Hong Kong and Vancouver as of February 10, 2020.
This will mark Hong Kong Airlines’ last long haul route. The airline has already cut their flights to San Francisco, and has already announced that they’re cutting flights to Los Angeles as of early 2020.
The airline used to fly to Australia and New Zealand, but also cut those routes. That leaves Hong Kong Airlines as a purely regional airline.
While not as significant, Hong Kong Airlines has also announced that they’re cutting flights to Ho Chi Minh City as of February 20, 2020, and flights to Tianjin as of February 10, 2020.
The airline has grounded nearly a dozen planes, so it will be interesting to see what happens from here.
With things in Hong Kong not improving significantly, and with the quiet winter travel season ahead, one has to wonder if Hong Kong Airlines’ days are numbered…