Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Hong Kong's flagship carrier Cathay Pacific in its first back-to-back loss in 71 years

Hong Kong's flagship carrier Cathay Pacific has posted its first back-to-back annual loss since the company was founded in 1946.

The airline blamed intense competition from low-cost Chinese carriers and higher fuel prices, among other issues, for the result.

Losses came to 1.26bn Hong Kong dollars ($161m; £115m) for the year to December, the firm said.
Cathay is part way through a huge three-year cost cutting programme.

In March last year, it posted its first annual loss in eight years.
The airline operates mainly in Asia, Europe and North America, but is facing some of its toughest competition from low-cost Chinese carriers, among others, on routes covering Hong Kong, mainland China and across South East Asia.

BBC      News.