Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Calcutta-Hong Kong flight of Dragonair suspended

Calcutta: Dragonair, owned by Cathay Pacific, will suspend its Calcutta-Hong Kong flight from March 9 to 28 because of “challenges and disruptions to travel” following the coronavirus outbreak in China, airline sources said on Tuesday.

The drop in passenger count because of the coronavirus scare has also prompted IndiGo to decide to withdraw one of its two daily flights between Calcutta and Bangkok, sources in the airline said.

“The flight is likely to be withdrawn in a couple of weeks,” a source at IndiGo said.

Cathay Pacific on Tuesday sent mails to tour operators informing them about the suspension of the Calcutta-Hong Kong Dragonair flight. The airline operates six flights in a week on the route.
“The last few weeks have seen many challenges and disruptions to travel in Hong Kong due to the coronavirus,” the letter written by Mark Sutch, regional general manager, South Asia, Middle East and Africa, Cathay Pacific, said.

“Globally, Cathay Pacific is reducing its overall capacity by 40 per cent in the coming months and this will include a temporary suspension of Kolkata from 9th of March until 28th of March. If there is further impact to flights operating out of India over the upcoming weeks and months, we will keep you updated.”

Many passengers from Calcutta fly Dragonair from Hong Kong to the US, Japan and Australia.

Several flights from Calcutta to southeast Asia have been withdrawn because of a decline in the number of passengers following the outbreak of the coronavirus.
26/02/20 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph
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