Chapter closed: Virgin Atlantic shuts Hong Kong route after 30 years

Chapter closed: Virgin Atlantic shuts Hong Kong route after 30 years:

lovinghk:

destination no more to “asia’s world city”. 

(source: city am | uk | 5 oct 2022)

It also understood that 46 jobs – 18 ground staff and 28 cabin crew – would be impacted by the decision.

Commenting on the announcement, travel expert Rob Staines said that while pulling the plug on Hong Kong was a difficult choice, “commercial viability has never been more important.”

“Hong Kong has been largely off limits due to draconian Covid measures and it will take time to relaunch this route fully,” he told City A.M.

Hong Kong’s aviation woes recently made the headlines when airline executive Willie Walsh said the city-state had lost its hub status due to the impact of its zero-Covid policies.

“Hong Kong has lost its position as a global hub and will struggle to regain it because other hubs have taken advantage of it,” Walsh said in late September during a conference of the International Air Transport Association – of which he is director general.

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