Cathay Pacific plans to increase flights to Sydney and resume flying to Melbourne as part of a slow but steady rebuild of its international network, which was last month pared back to just one dozen destinations at 2-3 flights per week.
The optimistic schedule, which makes its debut from June 21, will see Sydney, London Heathrow, Los Angeles and Vancouver boosted to five flights per week. Melbourne is set for three flights per week, along with Amsterdam, Frankfurt, San Francisco, Mumbai and Delhi.
Cathay will also mount daily flights to Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Taipei, Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City, while its Asia-focussed Cathay Dragon arm is set for a daily service to Beijing, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur.
Much of this is "subject to government travel restrictions", Cathay Pacific says, with Hong Kong still barring visitors and transit passengers through an 'indefinite' extension of measures introduced in March 25 to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
In addition, all arriving passengers at the airport are required to go to the nearby AsiaWorld Expo site for COVID-19 testing, before proceeding to their home for the mandatory 14 day quarantine period.
Cathay Pacific has been particularly exposed to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The airline's international routes are funnelled through its busy Hong Kong hub, while Cathay Pacific and its regional arm Cathay Dragon also maintained an extensive network of 368 flights per week to 23 destinations across mainland China.
"We will continue to monitor the developing situation and further adjustments may be made as necessary," Cathay Pacific said in a statement.
Cathay eyes fleet revamp with Boeing 787-10s
Facing a cash crunch plus reduced demand for international travel in the post-coronavirus world, Cathay Pacific is reportedly considering swapping some or even all of its orders for the Boeing 777X for the smaller and cheaper Boeing 787-10.
Such a switch also has the potential to set back Cathay's plans to introduce new first class suites and business class seats with the debut of the 777-9, depending on how closely they were designed with that specific jet in mind, as the cabin of the Boeing 787-10 is a half-metre narrower.