Hong Kong Airlines is pulling out of the Australian market with the axing of its flights to the Gold Coast and Cairns.
The Virgin Australia partner airline has confirmed those flights will end on 28 October 2018 "due to its changing business strategy in the Australian market."
Hong Kong Airlines flew to the Gold Coast just three times a week, and with flights going via Cairns it wasn't a direct service, although the low fares – as little as $1,880 for a business class return fare during sale periods – were appealing to business travellers on a budget.
In a statement announcing the closure, Hong Kong Airlines says that "alternative travel arrangements will be offered to passengers who are already booked on Hong Kong Airlines flights to and from Gold Coast and Cairns after the service ends."
This includes free date changes to travel before October 28, free transfer to Gold Coast and Cairns flights operated by Virgin Australia or Hainan Airlines, and full refunds.