🚨 Breaking: Delta Exits Hong Kong Market

Delta Air Lines is axing its Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) to Hong Kong (HKG) service effective October 4. The daily Boeing 777 flight is Delta’s last remaining flight to Hong Kong. Delta canceled its Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Hong Kong service in 2014.

Per Delta, service will end in the fall:

“Delta has made the difficult business decision to cease Seattle/Tacoma-Hong Kong service, with the last flight out of Hong Kong on October 4. Delta will continue to serve Hong Kong from Seattle/Tacoma via Seoul-ICN, with its joint venture partner Korean Air.”


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Delta plans to resume service between Seattle and Osaka-Kansai (KIX), flown on a Boeing 767-300ER, sometime in 2019. Delta currently serves Osaka from Honolulu.

Seattle will be without one connection, however. There no other airlines offering nonstop service between the Pacific Northwest tech hub and Hong Kong.

A Global Airline Without Service to Hong Kong

United and Delta are the strongest US carriers to Asia, competing heavily in key markets like Tokyo and Shanghai. Delta was already at a competitive disadvantage with just one daily flight to Hong Kong. Compare that to United, with service to Chicago, Guam, Newark, and San Francisco. American also serves Hong Kong from its hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles.

It’s hard to believe the world’s second-largest airline will not serve an important market like Hong Kong.

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Partner Flights to Hong Kong

Delta’s Hong Kong exit does not mean Delta loyalists will be without options to Hong Kong. Delta will offer codeshare service through its joint venture partner, Korean Air.

A quick search on delta.com from Seattle to Hong Kong also shows available connections – but not codeshare flights – through SkyTeam partner China Eastern as well as United’s partner ANA (operated by Air Japan), a member of Star Alliance.


Correction: A previous version of this story indicated Delta’s Seattle – Hong Kong flight is six-weekly. The flight operates daily, with a slight time adjustment on day 4 (Wednesday). 

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  1. Wow, this is surprising. So now Delta will route everyone onto Korean Air. So strange that they couldn’t make HKG work. This is good news for Alaska. It’s also good news for AA, UA & CX since there’s one less carrier in the USA-HK market.
    I’m sure there’s more cuts coming to Delta’s Asian network.

    • Indeed, very surprising, especially considering they’ve tried Seattle, Tokyo, and Detroit over the years. At least now we know where the 777 for Minneapolis to Seoul-Incheon is coming from.

    • I would definitely recommend calling Delta. They will most likely rebook you on a connecting flight through Seoul on Korean Air (SEA-ICN-HKG). Generally, airlines are pretty flexible with rebookings when they drop a route, so this is a good opportunity if there’s a specific airline or flight you want to take. I’d love to know what options they give you. Keep us posted!

      • I just called.
        CSR told me they did not see that was cancelled in system and currently there is no much option they have and suggest me to wait until Delta have alternative solution.

        I booked as award flight, so currently there is no alternative award flight for my flight date . Have to wait couple more days to see Delta give me option. I can go though Japan or S Korean if they allow me to change

        • Sorry to hear that. Airlines usually update schedules over the weekend so it’s entirely possible it may not show as “dropped” until Sunday or Monday. Definitely push back if they say “no options” – there’s always inventory somewhere. Be persistent. Thanks for the update, and again, keep us posted.

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