Cathay Pacific is offering refunds to passengers flying on its soon-to-be-cancelled Vancouver-New York route, after the airline announced changes to many of its routes following the outbreak of coronavirus in China.
According to Cathay Pacific, passengers flying from YVR to JFK can refund any part of their flight that has not been flown. Alternate flight arrangements will be offered to passengers on other North America flights whose journeys have been affected.
Last fall, the airline announced that it would be cancelling the Vancouver-New York flight in April 2020 after 23 years, due to financial struggles endured in the wake of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.
Earlier this month, Cathay Pacific announced that due to the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent drop in market demand, the airline reduced 90 per cent of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights into mainland China. In addition, the airline also announced “significant short-term reductions” – approximately 30 per cent of its capacity – across the network over the next two months.
Destinations subject to temporary suspension until March 28, 2020 are: London Gatwick, Rome, Washington DC, Newark, Male, Davao, Clark, Jeju, Taichung, and all mainland China cities with the exception of Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Xiamen. Start dates for suspensions and frequency reductions are variable.
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