HONG KONG: Cathay Pacific has suspended its long-haul freight and cargo flights to Hong Kong due to what it calls more stringent Covid-related restrictions, including quarantines of pilots.
The suspension of service is scheduled to continue until January 6.
Cargo flights that were suspended include those traveling to the transpacific, Europe, South West Pacific, Riyadh, and Dubai.
"We sincerely apologise for the disruption caused. We will be working with customers to mitigate the disruption as much as possible," Cathay Pacific stated.
"In addition, we are working with the relevant stakeholders on plans beyond 6 January and will communicate further on these as soon as possible."
On December 28, Cathay Pacific said that cargo operations could be affected through the first quarter of 2022 due to Hong Kong's new Covid restrictions.
"Operational and travel restrictions that remain in place continue to constrain our ability to operate flights as planned," the carrier said.
"We are consolidating our cargo flight schedule for the first quarter of 2022. There will be reductions to long-haul freighter and cargo-only passenger flight capacity."
Additionally, Cathay Pacific passenger flights are being affected by the new restrictions, according to the BBC.
The move comes as part of Hong Kong's efforts to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.