IATA’s Willie Walsh upbeat about HK’s international hub status

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    Willie Walsh, director general of IATA,said on Tuesday that he went from being pessimistic to optimistic over Hong Kong’s ability to recover its position as one of the world’s major aviation hubs by year end after seeing the speed with which Cathay Pacific Airways rebuilt itself.

    Walsh pointed out that passenger recovery had been accelerating, and Hong Kong had “the potential to get there by the end of this year”

    “Hong Kong was probably the most affected major hub airport, and Cathay the most affected major hub airline … So it’s been a tough job for Hong Kong, much tougher than I think in other parts of the world.”

    “restarting their operations from zero is much more complex than other airlines have faced.So I remain optimistic now that Hong Kong can fully recover its position.

    “So I’ve been impressed with the way Hong Kong has recovered and we (at IATA) remain optimistic that they can recover their position as an important major passenger hub by year end.” (while also retaining their position as the world’s busiest cargo airport)

    WWs quotes are part taken from a SCMP report published today.

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