British Airways has cut one of its twice daily return flights from London Heathrow to Hong Kong until the end of March 2020 at the earliest.
This move is expected given the large fall in demand for travel to the region.
Flights BA31 & BA32, operated with a Boeing 777-300 aircraft, have been suspended until the end of March.
Flights BA27 & BA28, which operate with the Airbus A380, continue to operate.
Whilst BA has said these flights are suspended until the end of March 2020, given the current situation, the period of cancellation may well be extended.
What happens beyond the end of March isn’t clear. From Sunday 29 March 2020 until Saturday 24 October 2020, the two flights are supposed to swap aircraft with BA31 & BA32 operated with the A380. On many dates in April, BA continues to have only one flight (BA31 & BA32) on sale.
Passengers whose flights have been cancelled should be re-accommodated on alternative BA flights.
BA also has a flexible rebooking policy in place for all passengers due to fly to Hong Kong up to Wednesday 1 April 2020. All passengers can rebook onto alternative BA services to Hong Kong up to Sunday 31 May 2020 or obtain a full refund.
Those passengers who have connections to/from Cathay Pacific and Qantas at Hong Kong will need to check their itinerary to confirm they meet minimum connection times.
Cathay Pacific Lounge Closures
Cathay Pacific has also announced that it will temporarily close some of its departure lounges at Hong Kong international airport from Monday 17 February 2020 until further notice.
These are: The Bridge at Gate 35, The Deck at Gate 6; and The Pier First Class Lounge at Gate 63.
The Wing First Class and Business Class Lounges at Gates 1 – 4 and The Pier Business Class Lounge at Gate 65 will remain open.