Hong Kong Airlines has reviewed its European strategy as a result of the continuing weak economic outlook in Europe, combined with the strength of the regional business within Asia.
As a consequence, it has confirmed today that it will be suspending its all-business class flights to London with effect from September 10.
“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. As part of this decision, we will suspend our long-haul flights to London from 10 September, 2012 until further notice.”
“Our plan is to re-deploy the three specially equipped, all-business class A330’s which currently service the London route to charter flights following the suspension,” Mr. Yang added.
Hong Kong Airlines says it will provide every assistance to its customers and the travel trade to arrange either re-booking or a full refund.