On Saturday we reported that Cathay Pacific would be cutting its capacity to New York JFK. The schedule on its website appeared to show that, on October 25th and onwards, only one out of the three daily services were available. While we had requested a comment from the airline, they’ve only just recently responded – telling us that there is, in fact, no capacity reduction – just a lag in its system.
“The airline will continue with its 25 weekly direct services to JFK. The airline is loading its JFK flights onto the system progressively and as such they may not be reflected in full at the moment.” -Cathay Pacific spokesperson
The 25 services
Beginning July 2020, Cathay Pacific will offer 25 weekly flights to JFK. The three daily services (amounting to 21 weekly) will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 777-300ERs, which include a first class cabin. The other four weekly flights are operated by the newer Airbus A350-900, which does not have a first class cabin.
While frequent flyers loyal to the airline traveling between the cities can breathe a sigh of relief, the airline’s website currently still shows the drop in capacity after October 24th. This is rather unfortunate for anyone who likes to book their flights nine or 10 months in advance!
Other Cathay Pacific flights to New York
The airline also offers another daily service to New York by flying to Newark Liberty International airport. While it’s technically in New Jersey, the airport does offer some fairly easy access to New York, to rival that of JFK or La Guardia. This daily service also uses the Airbus A350-900.
What is still getting cut, however, is that come April, the airline will stop its long-running fifth-freedom service between Vancouver and New York JFK. One of the best ways to fly between Vancouver and New York, the service was also a longer option between Hong Kong and New York. Flying for 23 years, the service ends this April.
It’s certainly great news that Cathay Pacific feels that it’s in a position where there is enough demand to continue its frequent service. At the same time, many people weren’t too surprised at the news of reduced service given the protests in Hong Kong.
In fact, Cathay Pacific will be cutting down its passenger flight capacity by 1.4% this year rather than its original plan to increase it by 3.1%. The protests have carried into their seventh month and show no signs of stopping.
With the protests continuing do you think the airline will eventually reduce the capacity on this route? Or will there be enough connecting traffic passing through Hong Kong to justify 25 weekly services? Let us know by leaving a comment.