Even before the protests that have rocked Hong Kong in recent months, Hong Kong Airlines was struggling financially.
And now Danny Lee over at SCMP reports that the airline will be axing its Hong Kong to Los Angeles flight. That means an end to US service entirely for Hong Kong Airline effective February 8, 2020. By cutting its Hong Kong to Los Angeles flight, Hong Kong Airlines is ending its US operations just two years after it began them.
Background On Hong Kong Airlines US Flights
If you thought Hong Kong Airlines recently launched service to Los Angeles and San Francisco, you’re right. It was just back in December 2017 that the LAX route started, and March 2018 when the SFO route started.
The Hong Kong to San Francisco route was already cut last month, just 18 months after it began. And now with Hong Kong Airlines financial woes worsening, Los Angeles has been added to the chopping block. The airline’s sole North American flight will be to Vancouver, although frequency on that route will likely be adjusted (fewer flights) as well.
I had the chance to fly Hong Kong Airlines onboard a brand-new Airbus A350 last year, after the airline honored an incredible business class mistake fare. Overall, it was a solid, albeit slightly unrefined experience. It will be interesting to see what the airline does with its extra A350s.
In the not-so-distant past, Hong Kong Airlines was once thought to be a serious competitor to Cathay Pacific, the dominant airline in Hong Kong.
Now with Hong Kong Airlines US flights being cut, that’s good news for Cathay Pacific. It’s only a small win for Cathay, but I’m sure they’ll take what they can get with tourism and travel numbers down amidst ongoing protests.
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