Cathay Pacific carries 582 in a day
Cathay Pacific carries 582 in a day

Cathay Pacific Carrying Just 582 Pax A Day

We all know that airlines all over the world have significantly trimmed down their flight schedules, as borders across the globe remains shut. But how drastic is the drop in the number of passenger for a single airline? Cathay Pacific has some figures for you.

In an internal memo, Cathay Pacific said that they have only carried just 582 passengers one day this week throughout their entire network. In contrast to the usual 100,000 passengers on a normal day, before the COVID-19 outbreak began, this represents a 99.4% drop.

As initially reported two weeks ago, Cathay Pacific has already scaled down their operation to a bare skeleton passenger flight schedule; operating three times weekly to just 15 destinations.

Instead of cutting more destinations, Cathay Pacific has announced today that they will make further frequency cuts on all of their existing long-haul routes – from initial three times a week to two times a week.

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Existing long haul routes: London (Heathrow), Los Angeles, Vancouver and Sydney

The remaining destinations will maintain their flight frequency at three times per week.

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Short/mid-haul routes: Tokyo (Narita), Taipei, New Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai (Pudong), and Kuala Lumpur

As of 25th March Hong Kong has imposed a transit and entry ban to non-residents, following the lead of Singapore to curb import COVID-19 cases

Singapore Airlines, one of Cathay’s closest competitors, will also be operating to just 15 destinations this month. Like Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines announced last month that they will be operating at only 3% flight capacity in April; no flight details have been disclosed.

Now that the timetable for April is out, here are the destinations that Singapore Airlines will be flying to this month:

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Four times weekly to Jarkata
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Three times weekly to Bangkok, Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Sydney, Tokyo, Zurich
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Two times weekly to Seoul, Ho Chi Minh and Manila
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One time weekly to Chongqing, Hanoi and Shanghai

Featured image: SCMP