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Hong Kong Eases Travel Restrictions, Cathay Plans Resumptions

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Cathay Pacific has welcomed the Hong Kong government’s decision to scrap some of its last COVID-19 restrictions, saying it hopes the move will further help to restore its hub operations at Hong Kong International (HKG).

From Dec. 14, international travelers arriving in the special administrative region of China will be allowed to visit restaurants and bars within their first three days of arrival, ending the previous ‘0+3’ measures that barred visitors from entering certain venues within the first 72 hours. In addition, the territory is also axing a mandatory COVID-19 mobile application.

“The adjustments will help further boost sentiment for travel, especially among inbound visitors, thereby facilitating the resumption of travel activities and strengthening of network connectivity at the Hong Kong aviation hub,” a statement from Cathay Pacific said.

The airline plans to offer about 1.16 million seats across its network in December 2022, up by 30% compared with the previous month. Subsidiary HK Express has also increased capacity by 50.1% to 178,646 seats month-on-month, data provided by OAG Schedules Analyser shows.

Routes to Sapporo, Fukuoka, Penang and Dhaka have resumed in December, while Phuket and Nagoya are among the Cathay Pacific destinations set to restart in January 2023. HK Express has also reinstated flights to Tokyo Haneda, Da Nang and Routes Asia 2023 host Chiang Mai, with services to Jeju and Busan in the pipeline for January.

Cathay Pacific expects to have restored capacity levels to one-third of pre-pandemic capacity by the end of 2022 and hopes to be operating about 70% by the end of next year. Full recovery is anticipated during 2024.

Speaking to Routes at Routes World 2022 in Las Vegas , HKG executive director for airport operations Vivian Cheung said the airport feels confident that traffic will come back—it’s just a matter of time.

“We are now at 15% capacity recovery. Before June, we were between 2-4%. The demand is there, but the supply is slow,” she said.

The further easing of travel restrictions in Hong Kong comes as China also continues to loosen its strict zero-COVID policy. Earlier this month, Beijing ended the need for travelers to undergo testing before domestic flights, as well as removing the requirement for on-arrival checks for regional flights. On Dec. 12, the country also deactivated a phone-tracking app.

Although restrictions for international flights remain unchanged, whereby passengers are required to undergo a PCR test 24 hours before flying and undergo eight days of quarantine on arrival in China, reports in China suggest that the rules will be eased from Jan. 9, 2023, and a ‘0+3’ strategy will be introduced.

OAG data shows there are 910,294 international departure seats from China available during December 2022, up from 752,615 in November. International routes that have returned in recent weeks include China Southern Airlines’ Guangzhou (CAN)-New York John F Kennedy (JFK) service, while Air China is launching a Shanghai (PVG)-Athens (ATH) service.

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Cathay Pacific continues revival with positive traffic figures for May 2024 

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Cathay Pacific has released its traffic figures for May 2024 which show the Hong-Kong-based carrier is continuing along the path to a full recovery. In the first five months of 2024 (January to May), Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary HK Express surpassed the 10 million mark for passengers carried, with a combined 11.2 million passengers carried during the five months. 

Cathay Pacific carried a total of 1,678,532 passengers in May 2024, an increase of 18.4% compared with May 2023. The month’s revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) increased 20.8% year on year.  

Although the passenger load factor decreased by 4.8 percentage points to 80.3% (indicative of the airline’s fleet expansion), available seat kilometers (ASKs), a measure of total capacity flown, increased by 28% year on year. In the first five months of 2024, the number of passengers carried increased by 40.7% to a total of 8,821,895, against a 45.7% increase in ASKs and a 37.5% increase in RPKs, as compared with the same period for 2023. 

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“May was, as expected, a slightly quieter period for our travel business compared with previous months as demand slowed down, particularly on our regional routes,” said Cathay Pacific’s Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Lavinia Lau. “Without any long weekend holidays in Hong Kong, we experienced a 4% decrease in passenger numbers compared with April, when multiple holidays drove strong leisure demand. However, compared with the same month last year, passenger numbers were 18% higher.” 

“Although leisure traffic from Hong Kong declined, we saw increased demand from various countries in Southeast Asia due to the school holidays there. Additionally, our long-haul services were boosted by the return of student traffic to Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland from North America, resulting in 90% load factors on our United States and Canada routes. Business travel demand continued to be solid, with strong sales in Hong Kong supporting traffic on a number of our Chinese Mainland, North American, and United Kingdom routes,” Lau added. 

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On the freight side, the airline carried 121,088 tons of cargo in May 2024, an increase of 10.2% compared with May 2023. The month’s cargo revenue ton kilometers (RFTKs) increased 3.8% year on year. The cargo load factor decreased by 2.1 percentage points to 59.4%, while available cargo ton kilometers (AFTKs) increased by 7.5% year on year.  

In the first five months of 2024, the tonnage increased by 10.2% to a total of 594,896 tons, against an 11.8% increase in AFTKs and a 4.4% increase in RFTKs, as compared with the same period for 2023. 

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“Cargo demand from Hong Kong and the rest of the Greater Bay Area remained solid throughout May,” said Lau. “Across our network, tonnage grew 3% against last month, and 10% compared with May 2023, underpinned by a capacity growth of 7.5%. We observed particularly strong growth from Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland, the Taiwan region, and Southeast Asia.”  

“In terms of commodity mix, there was also an increase in tonnage of general cargo as well as special cargo, with significant movements of high-end electronics, seafood, and consumer products. E-commerce continued to perform well,” Lau added. 

The outlook ahead 

Speaking about the carrier’s revived fortunes following the end of the COVID-19 travel restrictions in the Far East, and Hong Kong in particular, Lau said the airline remains positive about its immediate future and its expansion plans for the rest of 2024. 

“On the travel side, we achieved another milestone in our rebuilding journey as we reached 80% of our pre-pandemic passenger flights as a Group in the second quarter as planned. We remain on track to reach 100% within the first quarter of 2025 as we continue to add more flights and destinations for our customers,” Lau added.  

“So far in 2024, Cathay Pacific has already added Chennai, Colombo, and Barcelona to our global network, while HK Express has added Beijing (Daxing), Bangkok (Don Mueang), Sanya, and Clark. Our passenger airlines now fly to more than 80 destinations around the world. This number will rise to 90 by next year as we continue to welcome even more destinations to our network, including Riyadh on October 28, 2024,” Lau continued.  

“For cargo, we expect demand to remain strong as it has been throughout the first five months of 2024. Market sentiment, particularly out of Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland, remains positive and we will continue to adjust our freighter capacity to suit the needs of our customers,” Lau concluded. 

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Once the pride of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific becomes government’s punchbag

Flag carrier has become a regular target of government criticism as it struggles to recover from the COVID pandemic.

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Hong Kong, China – For decades, Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways (CPA) stood as a proud symbol of the city’s international status and an exemplar of Asian aviation.

These days, the flagship carrier is treated more like the Chinese-ruled financial hub’s bete noire, regularly receiving severe scrutiny and criticism from its own government as it struggles to recover from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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After Cathay cancelled more than 700 flights scheduled between December and February, Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu told local reporters he was “very concerned” and wanted local aviation to “rebuild its capacity fast”.

Criticism from the Transport and Logistics Bureau was followed in March by Cathay CEO Ronald Lam Siu-por being subject to a public grilling by the Legislative Council, where lawmakers slammed the airline’s “chaotic management”.

In an article the following month, the pro-Beijing South China Morning Post newspaper published an article with the headline: “Can Cathay Pacific get its act together, or is it time for Hong Kong authorities to take a stake in the airline?”

The Hong Kong government has so far rejected calls to take a stake in Cathay to ensure the semi-autonomous territory’s status as an aviation hub, a scenario envisioned in Beijing’s 14th five-year national plan – a practically sacred text in Hong Kong business circles these days amid the growing influence of the Chinese mainland.

“It is not the government’s intention to become a long-term shareholder of CPA,” a spokesperson for the Transport and Logistics Bureau told Al Jazeera.

Most observers agree with the Hong Kong Aviation Officers Association’s (HKAOA) assessment that a pilot shortage is at the core of Cathay’s woes – the result of Hong Kong imposing some of the world’s longest-lasting and most draconian travel restrictions during the pandemic.

In January 2020, more than 5.7 million passenger movements were reported at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

By April, the figure had dropped to just 31,739 – about 0.55 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

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Despite its heavy reliance on international travel and trade, Hong Kong was one of the last jurisdictions on the planet to reopen to the world, only fully lifting restrictions in early 2023 .

Cathay’s management fired 1,000 pilots in 2020 and saw a further 1,000 resign over the next couple of years, according to the HKAOA.

Many pilots who quit cited the stress of complying with Hong Kong’s ultra-strict quarantine rules, which forced the airline to operate “closed loop” flights, where crew were required to isolate for five weeks in a hotel followed by two weeks at home.

Cathay has said it has more than 2,900 pilots, including at its subsidiary budget carrier Hong Kong Express, but needs 3,400 to restore pre-pandemic capacity.

It has announced “robust plans” to hire another 500 pilots.

Some observers have said the government’s criticism is especially unfair given that its rigid restrictions caused many of Cathay’s difficulties in the first place.

“Cathay is still one of the best-performing airlines in the world with good financial performance compared to the three top Chinese carriers – reporting about 10 billion Hong Kong dollars of profit,” Zheng Lei, chair of the Department of Aviation at Swinburne University, told Al Jazeera.

In March, Cathay reported its first annual profit in four years of 9.78 billion Hong Kong dollars ($1.25bn).

“We achieved our end-2023 Group target of 70 percent pre-pandemic passenger flights as planned, only 12 months after Hong Kong opened up. We will reach 80 percent within this quarter, and we are working towards reaching 100 percent within the first quarter of 2025,” a Cathay Pacific spokesperson told Al Jazeera.

“The city has been our home for more than 77 years, and we represent Hong Kong on the global stage as its home carrier,” the spokesperson added.

While these encouraging results prompted CEO Ronald Lam to proclaim that “Cathay is back”, few in government circles seem to be celebrating their flag carrier’s return.

“Some of the government criticism might be justified in relation to flight cancellations, service and chaotic management – these issues need to be addressed. But Cathay has done a lot to rectify the situation, and they are actively recruiting pilots from China,” Lei said, adding that improving customer service is much easier than turning around a loss-making airline.

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Cathay received significant government financial support during the pandemic, which critics argue imposed a moral obligation on the airline to maintain its standards and human resources.

“For me, the key point is that the Hong Kong government stepped in to support Cathay Pacific so the Hong Kong aviation sector would be preserved – and it wasn’t,” Paul Weatherilt, chairman of the HKAOA, told Al Jazeera.

Lei agreed, pointing out that mainland China’s top airlines did a much better job at staff retention.

The government in June 2020 provided Cathay with a 7.8 billion Hong Kong-dollar ($998m) bridge loan and purchased shares with detachable warrants of 19.5 billion Hong Kong dollars ($2.49bn).

Cathay redeemed half of the preference shares held by the government in December 2023 and the loan option was never exercised.

Weatherilt said Cathay had taken advantage of the pandemic to force permanent redundancies, pay cuts and worsened conditions on staff.

“Of course, China was slow to emerge from the pandemic, but nearly every other airline made temporary cuts and tried to keep core skills and assets in place,” Weatherilt said.

“Cathay has left Hong Kong aviation in a sorry place.”

The Hong Kong government has said that when it offered financial support, it specifically requested Cathay to “fully consider the potential impact on Hong Kong’s status as an international aviation hub and Hong Kong’s aviation network”.

Weatherilt said the government’s stance leaves the airline in a vulnerable position.

“Swire should be extremely worried because it stands out like a sore thumb – the company that controls Hong Kong aviation is ultimately run by a company in London,” said Weatherilt, referring to John Swire & Sons Limited.

As China tightens its control of Hong Kong, politics and colonial baggage stemming from Britain’s former administration of the territory increasingly lurk beneath the surface in business.

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Cathay has been in Beijing’s cross-hairs since mass pro-democracy protests swept the territory in 2019.

Rupert Hogg, Cathay’s British chief executive, and Paul Loo, the chief customer and commercial officer, resigned in August of that year following pressure from the Chinese authorities to crack down on employees who supported the protests.

At the same time, pilots were subject to rigorous new ground checks imposed on any Cathay aircraft landing at airports in mainland China.

Chongxian Ma, deputy secretary of the Communist Party Committee of Air China, was made a non-executive director of the company in June 2021. Two more Communist Party non-executive directors were added to the board in May 2022 and July 2023.

In May last year, Cathay issued a public apology after a recording of flight attendants making fun of a non-English-speaking passenger was shared on social media.

When Bloomberg reported earlier this year that Beijing-based Air China was considering increasing its 29.99 percent stake in Cathay, some observers assumed it to be part of China’s patriotic drive to obtain a firmer grip over Hong Kong’s flag carrier.

However, one industry insider, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Al Jazeera that the move was more likely based on financial logic, as Air China depends on its Cathay stake to offset its own financial losses.

While ousting Cathay as Hong Kong’s flag carrier in favour of a Chinese-owned operator might please some nationalist elements, there is little dispute that there are no credible alternatives to Cathay, at least not in the short or medium term.

“It would not be easy for the government to develop an airline as an alternative flag carrier – it’s not feasible and not a good idea,” Lei said.

Some observers believe that British-owned Cathay Pacific presents a convenient target for politicians eager to boost their patriotic credentials, especially since criticism of the government has become highly sensitive and potentially illegal under the Beijing-drafted National Security Law passed in 2020.

On Wednesday, Hong Kong lawmaker Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung told local media that Cathay should roll out direct passenger services to the eight small Chinese mainland cities recently chosen by Beijing for relaxed travel restrictions to Hong Kong.

This would “fully capitalise on Beijing’s goodwill measures”, Lam said.

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Inevitably, political interference is a growing concern.

Using Cathay as a public punching bag could be counterproductive for Hong Kong as it struggles to re-establish itself as a vibrant city, financial epicentre, tourism hotspot and business gateway to China.

Unlike Hong Kong’s stance towards Cathay, Dubai’s government did not attack Emirates Airways after tens of thousands of its passengers were left stranded in April following extreme flooding in the United Arab Emirates.

“Cathay will never complain in public, but they have good reason to feel aggrieved,” one industry insider who works closely with Cathay management told Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity.

While local rival Singapore reported a return to pre-pandemic passenger activity in February this year, Hong Kong still lags behind.

Passenger traffic at Hong Kong International Airport for March 2024 was 4.35 million – about two-thirds the figure during the same month in 2019.

“There must be collective responsibility for the loss of interest in Hong Kong, which arose partly from the protests of 2019 – which greatly damaged the SAR’s reputation as an aviation, financial and tourist destination – as well as the draconian measures imposed during COVID,” Shukor Yusof of Endau Analytics told Al Jazeera, referring to Hong Kong’s official designation as a Special Administrative Region.

Hong Kong’s image has also been battered by negative media coverage of its crackdown on dissent, including the high-profile prosecution of former media mogul, Jimmy Lai.

As both Hong Kong and Cathay seek to rebuild, what is certain is that their fates remain inextricably linked.

“If the government wants to develop Hong Kong as a finance hub and if Hong Kong is to return as a hub for global aviation, more support should be given to Cathay Pacific Airways, rather than criticism,” Lei said.

Hong Kong Restrictions Push Cathay Pacific Back Into The Red

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Cathay Pacific Airways is back to burning cash, following the Hong Kong government’s renewed travel restrictions and quarantine rules that aim to keep the Omicron variant at bay.

The Oneworld carrier anticipates monthly cash burn of HK$1-1.5 billion ($128-193 million) from February following capacity cuts in response to the tighter restrictions, Cathay Pacific said Monday. This is a reverse for the airline that was “marginally cash generative” in the second half of 2021. Cathay forecasts operating just 20 percent of its pre-pandemic cargo capacity, and 2 percent of passenger capacity in January.

“Until conditions improve, we are doing everything in our power to maximize capacity,” said Cathay CEO Augustus Tang said.

It is unclear how much Cathay can do. The airline faces the ire of the Hong Kong government, which is led by Beijing loyalist Carrie Lam, following the confirmation that two crew members broke self-isolation on a trip and sparked a Covid-19 outbreak in the city. Although the airline took responsibility, it is subject to a government investigation and new travel restrictions that once again threaten Hong Kong’s once-heralded status as Asia’s world city.

Since the beginning of January, Cathay has been forced to suspend flights to eight countries through at least February 4 due to renewed government restrictions. The list includes flights to Australia, the UK, and U.S., which together amounted to more than 44 percent of its global capacity in 2019, according to Cirium schedules. And, in a major blow to Hong Kong’s status as a global aviation hub — and Cathay’s as a global superconnector — the government barred transit passengers from all but China and Taiwan until at least February 15.

The restrictions have not only hobbled the airline but created a brain drain of key personnel, notably pilots, from the airline and Hong Kong entirely. While it is unclear how many crew members have left, Cathay is offering one-off bonuses of up to HK$29,000 to pilots who stay and fly so-called “closed loop” flights where they work in essentially a quarantined bubble for a period of up to four weeks, Bloomberg reported .

J.P. Morgan analyst Karen Li wrote in a January 17 report that the bank expects a broad reopening of Asian countries to travelers from the second quarter “at the earliest.” However, she noted that China is so far “sticking to its Covid-19 zero stance,” which could mean Hong Kong remains mostly closed despite border reopenings elsewhere in the region.

Cathay is in the unfortunate position of having no domestic market to fall back on in the recovery. Airlines with domestic flying to rely on have largely recovered from the pandemic faster than those without. However, national support for airlines like Emirates and Singapore Airlines, neither of which has a domestic market, has benefitted both carriers’ recovery. Cathay has received little such support from the Hong Kong government.

The past year was a tough one for Cathay, even before its current challenges. The airline anticipates a loss of HK$5.6-6.1 billion that, while steep, is a significant improvement from the HK$21.6 billion loss it posted in 2020. Cathay attributes the improvement to strong cargo demand and better cost and cash management. Cargo traffic, measured in revenue freight ton kilometers (RFTK), was down just 14.7 percent year-over-two-years in December, whereas passenger traffic was down 95.1 percent.

“We remain resolutely committed to keeping the city safely connected with the world,” said Tang. “We are exploring all options to keep the flow of people and goods moving despite the considerable challenges we continue to face.”

Photo credit: Cathay Pacific is bleeding cash again following new Hong Kong travel restrictions.  Flickr / Henry Chow 0516

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Cathay pacific still struggling to recover to pre-covid levels.

Cathay Pacific does not expect to fully recover from the pandemic until early next year, but it is now adding more destinations.

  • While Cathay Pacific is making progress in recovery, it's reaching only 74% of pre-pandemic passenger levels.
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While most of the world's airlines have returned their fleets to service and are operating at or near pre-COVID capacity, it is troubling that a once-great airline is languishing so far behind. Cathay Pacific has endured more turmoil than almost any airline in the last few years, but now that Asia has fully reopened, it needs to find a way out of its pandemic hangover.

A slow recovery in Hong Kong

Yesterday, Cathay Pacific released its May traffic figures, and as any keen follower of the airline will notice, its recovery from the pandemic is moving very slowly. In May, the Hong Kong-based airline carried 1.68 million passengers at a load factor of 80.3%, with passengers up by 18.4% year-on-year (YoY).

In its announcement, Cathay Pacific said that in the first five months of 2024, its two airlines, Cathay Pacific and HK Express, surpassed the 10 million mark, welcoming 11.2 million guests between January and May. The 2019 traffic report includes results for Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon , which show combined passengers of 15.2 million between January and May.

The demise of Cathay Dragon and the acquisition of HK Express have muddied the accuracy of comparing pre-pandemic numbers. However, on a straight comparison, between January and May 2024, the Cathay Pacific/HK Express combination carried 74% of the passengers handled by Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon in the first five months of 2019.

Yesterday's numbers show that Cathay Pacific (Cathay) carried 8.8 million on its own in that period, but unfortunately, the 2019 report only shows the combined Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon total. Leaving that pre-COVID issue behind, Cathay is making good progress compared to last year but said it does not expect to reach 100% recovery until the first quarter of 2025.

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In May, Cathay increased available seat kilometers YoY by 28.0%, but revenue passenger kilometers grew by only 20.8%, pushing the passenger load factor down by 4.8 percentage points to 80.3%. That change is not unexpected as the airline adds capacity on new or resumed routes that may take some time to grow to expected demand levels.

Business travel is solid

In May, passenger numbers fell by 4% compared to April but grew by 18% YoY. Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Livinia Lau said May was a slightly quieter period compared to previous months as demand slowed down, particularly on the airline's regional routes.

"Although leisure traffic from Hong Kong declined, we saw increased demand from various countries in Southeast Asia due to the school holidays there. Additionally, our long-haul services were boosted by the return of student traffic to Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland from North America, resulting in 90% load factors on our United States and Canada routes."

For a major hub like Hong Kong, it is encouraging that demand for business travel is growing, supporting traffic on Chinese Mailand, North American and United Kingdom routes. This year, the airline has added services to Chennai (India), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Barcelona (Spain), while HK Express has added flights to Beijing Daxing and Sanya in China, Bangkok Don Mueang in Thailand and Clark in the Philippines.

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The group's passenger airlines now operate to more than 80 destinations, increasing to 90 in 2025 as it rebuilds its international network, including services to the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, from October this year.

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Cathay Pacific Implements Travel Restrictions Amidst Global Uncertainty

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Have you ever dreamed of exploring the world and experiencing different cultures? Well, Cathay Pacific, one of the leading airlines in Asia, is here to make your dreams come true. However, due to the current global situation, Cathay Pacific has implemented certain travel restrictions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their passengers. In this article, we will explore these travel restrictions and how they may impact your travel plans. So fasten your seatbelts and get ready for an exciting journey through Cathay Pacific's travel restrictions.

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Cathay Pacific, one of the leading airlines based in Hong Kong, has experienced significant disruptions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, they have implemented various travel restrictions to ensure the safety of their passengers and crew members. These restrictions are subject to change and are based on the guidelines provided by relevant health authorities and governments. Here is an overview of the current travel restrictions in place for Cathay Pacific flights.

International Travel Restrictions:

  • Entry Requirements: Passengers must meet the entry requirements of their destination country, which may include providing a negative COVID-19 test result, undergoing quarantine upon arrival, or showing proof of vaccination.
  • Travel Bubbles: Cathay Pacific may operate flights to destinations participating in travel bubble arrangements, such as Singapore and Australia's various states. These arrangements enable passengers to travel between designated cities without undergoing quarantine, provided they meet specific criteria.
  • Traveler Documentation: Passengers may be required to complete health declaration forms or download relevant contact tracing apps before boarding their flight.

Domestic Travel Restrictions (within China):

  • Health Codes: Passengers are required to obtain a Green Health Code or a Health Declaration Form, depending on their destination within China. These documents provide proof of a passenger's health status and are necessary to enter specific provinces or cities.
  • COVID-19 Tests: Some domestic destinations within China may require passengers to undergo COVID-19 tests before traveling or upon arrival.

Transit Restrictions:

  • Transit via Hong Kong: Transiting through Hong Kong is currently not available for passengers traveling to Mainland China or Macau. Passengers must book direct flights to their final destination or choose an alternative routing.
  • Transit via Other Countries: Transit requirements vary depending on the country. Passengers are advised to check the specific transit requirements for their chosen routing and destination.

It's important for passengers to stay informed and up-to-date with the latest travel restrictions before their Cathay Pacific flight. These restrictions may change based on the evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the regulations set by different countries. Therefore, passengers should regularly check Cathay Pacific's official website or consult with their local embassies or consulates for the most accurate and current information.

Cathay Pacific is taking extensive measures to prioritize the safety and well-being of their passengers and staff members. They have implemented enhanced cleaning procedures, mandatory mask-wearing, and social distancing measures throughout their flights. Passengers are also encouraged to practice good personal hygiene and follow any additional safety protocols provided by the airline.

Overall, Cathay Pacific is committed to ensuring a safe and seamless travel experience for their passengers by closely following the travel restrictions and guidelines set by health authorities and governments. It is advisable for travelers to familiarize themselves with the specific requirements and regulations of their destination before embarking on their journey to minimize any potential disruptions.

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Cathay Pacific is an international airline that operates in various countries and regions around the world. As such, it is subject to different travel restrictions imposed by different countries and regions. These restrictions can vary depending on the current situation, such as the COVID-19 pandemic or other factors affecting travel.

Some countries or regions may have stricter travel restrictions with Cathay Pacific due to various reasons. For example, certain countries may have higher COVID-19 case numbers or different variants of the virus, leading them to impose stricter measures on incoming travelers.

Currently, many countries have implemented travel bans or restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions can include requirements such as mandatory quarantine periods upon arrival, provision of negative COVID-19 test results before boarding, or proof of vaccination.

It is important for travelers to stay updated on the latest travel restrictions imposed by their destination country or region. This information can be obtained from the official website of the country's government or through the local embassy.

Cathay Pacific has been proactively updating its passengers on the latest travel restrictions through its official website and communication channels. Passengers are advised to check the airline's website or contact their local Cathay Pacific office for the most up-to-date information.

In addition to travel restrictions imposed by destination countries or regions, Cathay Pacific also has its own set of requirements for passengers. These requirements may include wearing face masks during the flight, submitting health declarations, or following specific protocols for boarding and disembarking.

Passengers should also be aware that travel restrictions can change rapidly in response to the evolving situation. It is recommended to regularly check for updates and be prepared for any changes before traveling with Cathay Pacific or any other airline.

Overall, while there may be specific countries or regions that have stricter travel restrictions with Cathay Pacific, the airline is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its passengers. Travelers are advised to stay informed, plan ahead, and follow all necessary requirements to have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience.

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If you're planning to travel with Cathay Pacific and are curious about the requirements for obtaining a travel exemption, you've come to the right place. This article will outline the necessary steps and documents needed to secure a travel exemption for Cathay Pacific flights.

Firstly, it's important to note that travel exemptions are typically required when traveling during a time of restricted travel, such as during a pandemic or when certain travel restrictions are in place. These exemptions allow individuals to travel for essential purposes despite any restrictions that may be in place.

To obtain a travel exemption for a Cathay Pacific flight, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Determine if you are eligible: Travel exemptions are usually granted to individuals who have a legitimate reason for travel, such as for essential work purposes, medical emergencies, compassionate reasons, or urgent family matters. It's important to review the specific eligibility criteria set by the government or relevant authorities overseeing travel restrictions.
  • Gather supporting documents: Once you have determined that you have a legitimate reason for travel, you will need to gather the necessary supporting documents to submit with your travel exemption application. These documents may include proof of employment, medical certificates, travel itineraries, letters of invitation or support, and any other relevant documentation to support your case.
  • Submit a travel exemption application: Cathay Pacific typically requires travelers to submit their travel exemption application well in advance of their intended travel date. The application process can vary depending on the destination and the reason for travel, so it's essential to refer to the airline's website or contact their customer service for specific instructions on how to apply.
  • Wait for approval: Once you have submitted your travel exemption application, you will need to wait for approval from the relevant authorities. The approval process can take some time, so it's advisable to submit your application as early as possible to allow for any potential delays.
  • Prepare for your trip: If your travel exemption is approved, it's important to make the necessary arrangements for your trip. This may include booking your Cathay Pacific flight, securing any required visas or permits, organizing COVID-19 testing or quarantine arrangements, and ensuring you have all the necessary travel documentation in order.

It's worth mentioning that the specific requirements for obtaining a travel exemption can vary depending on the destination and the reason for travel, as well as any current travel restrictions or government guidelines in place. Therefore, it's crucial to thoroughly research and follow the guidelines provided by the relevant authorities and Cathay Pacific to ensure a smooth travel experience.

In conclusion, obtaining a travel exemption for Cathay Pacific flights requires careful planning and preparation. By following the necessary steps and providing the required supporting documents, you can increase your chances of securing a travel exemption and being able to travel for essential purposes. Remember to stay informed about any changes or updates to travel restrictions and guidelines to ensure a hassle-free journey.

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As the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and quarantine protocols are in place to ensure the safety of passengers and prevent the spread of the virus. For passengers traveling with Cathay Pacific, there are specific quarantine protocols that they need to be aware of.

Before traveling with Cathay Pacific, passengers are encouraged to check the latest travel advisories and information provided by the airline and the local government of their destination. These guidelines can change rapidly, so it is important to stay updated.

Depending on the destination, passengers may be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 before boarding their flight. Some countries may also have specific entry requirements, such as obtaining a visa or showing proof of vaccination. It is essential for passengers to familiarize themselves with these requirements to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey.

Upon arrival at their destination, passengers may be subject to quarantine measures. This can include mandatory isolation for a specified period, typically ranging from 7 to 14 days. The exact duration of the quarantine period will depend on local regulations.

During quarantine, passengers may be required to stay in designated facilities, such as hotels or government quarantine centers. It is important to note that these facilities may come at an additional cost to the passengers. Some countries may also offer home quarantine options for individuals who meet specific criteria, such as having a suitable living space and the ability to self-isolate effectively.

Passengers traveling with Cathay Pacific should also be prepared for health screenings upon arrival. This can include temperature checks and medical questionnaires to assess any potential COVID-19 symptoms. It is essential to cooperate with these screenings to ensure the safety of oneself and others.

In addition to quarantine protocols, it is crucial for passengers to adhere to general safety measures throughout their journey. This includes wearing face masks at all times, practicing good hand hygiene, and maintaining social distancing whenever possible.

Cathay Pacific has implemented various measures to ensure the safety of its passengers. This includes enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures on its aircraft, as well as providing hand sanitizers and face masks onboard. Passengers are also encouraged to download the airline's mobile app, which provides up-to-date information and updates relevant to their journey.

It is essential for passengers traveling with Cathay Pacific to familiarize themselves with the specific quarantine protocols in place for their destination. This will help to ensure a smooth and safe journey, while also doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. By following these guidelines and cooperating with the authorities, passengers can play a vital role in keeping themselves and others safe during these challenging times.

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Cathay Pacific, one of the leading airlines in Asia, has been closely monitoring and adapting to the ever-changing travel restrictions imposed by different countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As governments around the world continue to implement measures to prevent the spread of the virus, Cathay Pacific has been working diligently to keep its passengers informed and updated about the latest travel restrictions.

Travel restrictions can vary from country to country and even change frequently within the same country. Cathay Pacific recognizes the importance of staying up to date with these changes to ensure the safety and well-being of its passengers. The airline has a dedicated team that constantly monitors the situation and collaborates with relevant authorities to review and update travel restrictions accordingly.

The frequency at which these travel restrictions are reviewed and updated by Cathay Pacific varies depending on several factors. These factors include the severity of the pandemic in different regions, the speed at which new information becomes available, and the recommendations and guidelines provided by health authorities and governments.

In some cases, travel restrictions may be reviewed daily or even multiple times a day, especially when there are significant developments or changes in a particular region. This ensures that Cathay Pacific can react promptly and provide accurate information to its passengers.

The airline utilizes various channels to communicate these updates to its passengers. This includes its official website, social media platforms, email notifications, and direct communication with passengers who have upcoming flights. Passengers are encouraged to regularly check for updates and subscribe to notifications to stay informed about any changes that may affect their travel plans.

Cathay Pacific understands that these travel restrictions can be challenging for passengers, particularly those who need to travel for essential purposes. The airline is committed to providing the necessary support and assistance to passengers affected by these restrictions. This includes flexibility in rebooking or cancelling flights, providing refunds, and offering alternative travel options whenever possible.

It is important for passengers to check the latest travel restrictions and requirements before planning their journey with Cathay Pacific. As the situation is constantly evolving, it is recommended to visit the airline's official website or contact their customer service for the most up-to-date information.

In conclusion, Cathay Pacific takes travel restrictions very seriously and continually reviews and updates them in accordance with the latest information and recommendations from health authorities and governments. Passengers are encouraged to stay informed and regularly check for updates to ensure a smooth and safe travel experience.

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Cathay Pacific is currently following travel restrictions set by various governments and health authorities. These restrictions may vary depending on the destination and route. Passengers are advised to check the latest travel advisories and entry requirements for their specific destination before traveling. It is also important to note that these requirements may change frequently, so it is recommended to stay updated on the latest developments.

Some destinations may require passengers to provide a negative COVID-19 test result before departure or upon arrival. The type of test and timeframe for testing may vary depending on the destination. In addition, some countries may also require proof of vaccination or quarantine upon arrival. It is essential for passengers to review and comply with these requirements to ensure a smooth travel experience.

Cathay Pacific allows passengers of different nationalities to fly, as long as they meet the entry requirements of the departure and destination countries. It is important to check the specific visa and entry requirements for each country before booking a flight. Non-citizens or non-residents may need to obtain a visa or special permission to enter certain countries, and failure to comply with these requirements may result in denied boarding or entry.

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