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Cheaper Cathay Pacific fares? Don’t hold your breath


LettersCheaper Cathay Pacific fares? Don’t hold your breath

Readers discuss ticket prices on Hong Kong’s flag carrier, and the criticism of Qantas’ leadershipCathay PacificLettersPublished: 2:30pm, 10 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Feel strongly about these letters, or any other aspects of the news? Share your views by emailing us your Letter to the Editor at [email protected] or filling in this Google form. Submissions should not exceed 400 words, and must include your full name and address, plus a phone number for verification.Now that Covid-19 is no longer a global health emergency, Hongkongers are flocking to holiday destinations in Southeast Asia and Japan. Cathay Pacific is surely aware of this. It raised fares post-pandemic, due to reduced capacity, financial hardship and anticipated demand.Therefore, Hongkongers have found themselves coughing up large sums to get to the destinations they have long been waiting to visit. In mid-August, Cathay offered steeply discounted fares, further boosting demand. It is finally raking in a profit for the first time since the pandemic.

Many travellers were disappointed that they encountered long wait times and the website crashing while trying to book tickets during the offer, but this was only to be expected considering the massive web traffic that would undoubtedly be caused by people trying to snap up the cheap flights.

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