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Dragon Air Cancels 25% Of Its Operations

Thu Apr 03, 2003 5:57 pm

(HONG KONG) As a result of the decline in air travel in the region following the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Dragonair will temporarily reduce or suspend services to certain destinations.

"With the reduction in demand for travel in the region at this time, we are scaling back on some frequencies and services temporarily," said Andy Tung, Dragonair's General Manager, Marketing & Sales.

The changes for the month of April, effective tomorrow, amount to a 25% reduction in Dragonair's planned passenger capacity for the month.

Services to Beijing and Shanghai will be maintained at the winter schedule level of 42 flights a week and 56 flights a week respectively. Some flights on these routes will, however, be operated using smaller-capacity A321 aircraft to reflect the decline in demand. Taipei will have 21 flights a week, again with some flights using smaller aircraft.

Services to Changsha, Hangzhou, Kaohsiung, Kunming, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao and Xiamen will all see reductions.

Services to Xian and Chongqing will be cancelled for April, except for one flight each on April 18 and April 23 respectively. Services to Sendai will also be cancelled, with the exception of flights on April 16, 20 and 30. Flights to Dalian, Hiroshima, Haikou, Sanya and Wuhan in April will not be operated.

There is no change in frequencies to Dhaka, Fuzhou, Kota Kinabalu, Phnom Penh and Phuket.

Mr. Tung said: "Dragonair serves mainland and secondary regional destinations, and these have seen a significant decline in demand as a result of concern over SARS. Leisure travel has been particularly hit, and business travel has also seen a significant decline. We obviously hope that the outbreak will be contained quickly and that demand among travellers returns soon. Once demand returns, we look forward to raising frequencies, and implementing our planned summer schedule in full."

The schedule for destinations seeing a change in April is as follows:

Destinations Services
Beijing 6 flights daily, 7 flights on April 17
Changsha Every Saturday
Chengdu Daily
Guilin Daily
Hangzhou Daily; and April 18, 21, 29 & 30
Kaohsiung 3 flights daily
Kunming Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and April 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25 and 26
Nanjing Daily; two flights on April 30
Ningbo Every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Qingdao Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Shanghai 8 flights daily; 9 flights on April 21
Taipei 3 flights daily
Xiamen Daily

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RE: Dragon Air Cancels 25% Of Its Operations

Thu Apr 03, 2003 6:58 pm

Cancelled arrivals on April 3rd.

10:25 KA 435 Kaohsiung
10:30 MU 593 Fuzhou
11:00 CX 912 Manila
11:15 CX 403 Taipei
11:20 KA 813 Nanjing
11:45 CI 605 Taipei
12:00 CX 710 Singapore
12:15 MK 644 Mauritius
12:20 MU 589 Shanghai
13:05 CX 461 Taipei
13:20 CI 607 Taipei
13:20 MU 531 Shanghai
13:45 BA 025 London
13:50 KA 907 Beijing
14:10 CX 736 Singapore
14:10 JL 733 Tokyo
14:10 OX 200 Bangkok
14:30 LH 730 Munich
14:45 CX 501 Tokyo
14:45 SQ 862 Singapore
15:15 KA 851 Wuhan
15:20 KA 951 Qingdao
15:25 MU 573 Shanghai
16:45 AI 330 Delhi
17:00 CX 467 Taipei
17:10 OX 208 Bangkok
17:45 KA 761 Kunming
18:15 BR 871 Taipei
18:50 CX 722 Kuala Lumpur
19:10 TG 630 Phuket/BKK
20:05 CZ 313 Shantou
20:20 MU 591 Shanghai
20:40 KA 605 Xiamen
20:55 VN 762 Ho Chi Minh
21:00 CX 716 Singapore
21:30 MU 539 Hangzhou
21:30 KA 897 Shanghai
21:30 KA 993 Beijing
22:00 VN 792 Hanoi
22:15 KA 925 Dalian
22:20 CX 734 Singapore
22:20 KA 611 Haikou
22:45 CA 107 Beijing
22:45 SQ 868 Singapore
22:45 TG 602 Bangkok
23:35 KA 701 Guilin
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RE: Dragon Air Cancels 25% Of Its Operations

Thu Apr 03, 2003 7:24 pm

MK will be suspending their flights for a month and TG will suspend one of their daily BKK - HKG flight.

Also CX suddenly cancelled 2 of their HKG - SIN flights due to 'horrible demand'. I guess things will only go worse.

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RE: Dragon Air Cancels 25% Of Its Operations

Fri Apr 04, 2003 4:14 am

Thanks for the info 9V-SPK. These are trying times for the local aviation industry.....

Brace yourselves for more airlines cutting flights to HKG.


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