Hong Kong Airlines axes Gold Coast, Cairns flights

By David Flynn, June 3 2018

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.

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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.

Hong Kong Airlines currently codeshares on Virgin Australia's Melbourne-Hong Kong route and will also do so when Virgin's new daily Sydney-Hong Kong service launches on July 2, 2018.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

JBL

JBL

01 Jun 2016

Total posts 60

Changing strategy? Does this mean VA might fill in the gap from BNE?

Madhatter49

Madhatter49

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

11 Dec 2016

Total posts 39

If VA had some planes to do this, I guess they might. Somehow think they're getting a bit short on aircraft now though in addition to Sydney and Melbourne to HK.

Michael Kao

Michael Kao

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2014

Total posts 336

Also I don't think VA is allowed to fly to HKG at this stage. The number of pax between Aus and HKG is maxed out that's why Hong Kong Air had to fly to GC instead of BNE.

globalspark

globalspark

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Aug 2014

Total posts 3

They were stupid by not flying hk cairns then gold coast.doomed before they started.cathy watches then come and go amazing how dumb some ceos are

mickeyg

mickeyg

Virgin Australia - Platinum

26 Jun 2011

Total posts 44

Could be a strategic move by HX to allow VA to grab HKG slots for direct BNE flights.

rRamjet

rRamjet

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

02 Dec 2015

Total posts 4

Bummer. Family of 5 booked in Jan 2019 OOL - CNS - HKG - YVR - YKA. I wonder what our options will be. Time to put Flight Centre on the job I guess.

gazzax2

gazzax2

09 Feb 2018

Total posts 5

Shame, now I won't be able to fly from my local OOL.

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