Hong Kong Airlines has confirmed that it is terminating its daily all-business class flight to London Gatwick from September 10.
As reporter earlier (see story here) there has been uncertainty about this route recently since flights for it have been marked sold out from September 3 and indefinitely onwards on the carrier's website.
The airline said they had made the decision to cancel the flight because of the weak economic outlook in Europe and a plan to focus on the Asian region.
“We believe that a regional model focused on Asia Pacific is most appropriate for Hong Kong Airlines at this stage of our growth,” said Yang Jian Hong, president of Hong Kong Airlines. “Our key focus will be building our regional network and strengthening our business across China, South East Asia, Japan and Korea.”
He said the airline would redeploy the three specially equipped, all-business-class A330-200s currently flying the London route to charter flights instead. For a review of the soon-to-be terminated service, click here.
Hong Kong Airlines said that they would provide every assistance to its customers and the travel trade to arrange either re-booking or a full refund.
For more information, visit www.hongkongairlines.com/en_HK/homepage