CX cancels Moscow service

23 Mar 2015 by Tamsin Cocks

Cathay Pacific (CX) has announced it will discontinue its thrice-weekly service between Hong Kong and Moscow Domodedovo Airport from June 1.

The decision has been attributed to declining numbers of passengers and high operating costs, making the route commercially unviable.

According to a statement, alternative arrangements will be made for passengers who already had tickets booked after this date.

The airline also stated it will maintain connectivity options within Russia via its Oneworld partner, S7 (Siberia Airlines), and other member airlines.

CX is not the only airline to have cut flights to Moscow. Last month Etihad Airways cancelled its planned B787-9 service to Moscow and will reduce its three daily services to the Russian capital to two from March 29.  Fellow Gulf carrier Qatar Airways also reduced capacity on its Doha to Moscow route by replacing the daily B787-8 aircraft with the smaller A320.

Aside from this recent cancellation, CX has been actively expanding its European network. The airline added Manchester to its network in December 2014 and is scheduled to launch new services to Zurich and Düsseldorf on March 29 and September 1, respectively (see here and here).

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