Cathay Pacific plans to cut capacity on a number of routes before the end of the year. We don't have the whole picture regarding the cuts as of right now. The airline has made it known that most of the changes will be announced at a later date. However, some information regarding select routes has already been released.
Cathay Pacific will reduce frequency for routes from Frankfurt and Paris at the end of October. The unfortunate thing about this announcement is that travelers who booked seats on canceled flights will need to make alternative plans. Cathay Pacific is offering customers indirect routes to Hong Kong using other hubs in Europe. We also know that Cathay Pacific will be reducing some service out of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport at the end of October. Service is also being reduced for Washington and Vancouver at the end of October.
Cathay Pacific has announced that it plans to suspend its route between Hong Kong and Dublin in November through March of next year. The announcement means that Ireland will be left without any direct links to Asia. You may remember that Hainan Airlines recently canceled service to both Beijing and Shenzhen. The good news is that Hainan Airlines only plans to suspend its route between Dublin and Beijing until March 20 of next year. The Dublin-Shenzhen route will not be reinstated.
Cathay Pacific is citing a reduction in the number of travelers heading to Hong Kong as the reason for its route reductions. Travelers may have difficulty making travel plans when visiting some places this fall. Cathay Pacific's Dublin cancellation comes just a few weeks before a peak season for travel between Europe, Asia and Australasia is set to hit.