Danny Lee

Hong Kong

Danny Lee

Senior reporter for the City Desk covering aviation

Danny is the SCMP’s specialist reporter on the aviation beat. From breaking news at Cathay Pacific and interviews with industry leaders to reports on the latest Asian airline trends, Danny brings his passion for frequent flying into his reporting. He joined the Post in 2013.

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National security law: Google urges Hong Kong police to use ‘diplomatic procedures’ for data requests

Tech giant’s move will make it more difficult for the Hong Kong government to collect data.

15 Aug 2020 - 2:57AM

Tech giant’s move will make it more difficult for the Hong Kong government to collect data.

National security law: Google urges Hong Kong police to use ‘diplomatic procedures’ for data requests
Hong Kong transit passengers give Cathay Pacific a lift to start second half of the year

Airline records 59 per cent jump in number of people flying in July, and two month window for mainland China transfers also expected to give carrier a boost.

14 Aug 2020 - 11:39PM

Airline records 59 per cent jump in number of people flying in July, and two month window for mainland China transfers also expected to give carrier a boost.

Hong Kong transit passengers give Cathay Pacific a lift to start second half of the year
Hong Kong airport to reopen as transit hub for passengers from mainland China for two months, offering Cathay Pacific a minor boost

Transfer services through Hong Kong International Airport to temporarily resume from, but not to, the mainland. Covid-19 travel curb eased until October 15.

13 Aug 2020 - 11:01PM

Transfer services through Hong Kong International Airport to temporarily resume from, but not to, the mainland. Covid-19 travel curb eased until October 15.

Hong Kong airport to reopen as transit hub for passengers from mainland China for two months, offering Cathay Pacific a minor boost
Coronavirus: Hong Kong airport plans to temporarily resume transit flights serving mainland China, source says

Chinese students seeking mainland return or resumption of overseas studying stand to benefit, source says.

12 Aug 2020 - 10:51PM

Chinese students seeking mainland return or resumption of overseas studying stand to benefit, source says.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong airport plans to temporarily resume transit flights serving mainland China, source says
Cathay Pacific Airways warns of harsh outlook as Hong Kong’s flag carrier confirms record HK$9.9 billion loss in first half of 2020 caused by coronavirus crisis

Hong Kong’s flag carrier has suffered a collapse in passenger demand during the global health crisis to post a HK$9.9 billion loss.

12 Aug 2020 - 11:39PM

Hong Kong’s flag carrier has suffered a collapse in passenger demand during the global health crisis to post a HK$9.9 billion loss.

Cathay Pacific Airways warns of harsh outlook as Hong Kong’s flag carrier confirms record HK$9.9 billion loss in first half of 2020 caused by coronavirus crisis
Amid travel standstill, newcomer Greater Bay Airlines seeks Hong Kong approval to take off

Shenzhen tycoon behind carrier eyeing budget market between China, Southeast Asia, and Northeast Asia, sources say.

10 Aug 2020 - 8:00AM

Shenzhen tycoon behind carrier eyeing budget market between China, Southeast Asia, and Northeast Asia, sources say.

Amid travel standstill, newcomer Greater Bay Airlines seeks Hong Kong approval to take off
Explainer | Hong Kong national security law: why has the United States imposed sanctions on top officials serving the city and how hard will the penalties bite?

Under Washington’s measures, the US-based assets of 11 officials serving Hong Kong are frozen, Americans and firms barred from dealing with them.

14 Aug 2020 - 5:59PM

Under Washington’s measures, the US-based assets of 11 officials serving Hong Kong are frozen, Americans and firms barred from dealing with them.

Hong Kong national security law: why has the United States imposed sanctions on top officials serving the city and how hard will the penalties bite?
Cathay Pacific can cut schedules until March 2021, aviation bosses say, as they relax ‘use it or lose it rule’ for airlines on runway slots

Civil Aviation Department in Hong Kong extends waiver on ‘use it or lose it rule’ which governs use of runway slots at city’s international airport.

7 Aug 2020 - 11:48PM

Civil Aviation Department in Hong Kong extends waiver on ‘use it or lose it rule’ which governs use of runway slots at city’s international airport.

Cathay Pacific can cut schedules until March 2021, aviation bosses say, as they relax ‘use it or lose it rule’ for airlines on runway slots
Grounded by pandemic: Hong Kong, Singapore on list of 10 airports with the most parked jets

Parked aircraft reflect dire state of air travel, woes of Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines

2 Aug 2020 - 8:00AM

Parked aircraft reflect dire state of air travel, woes of Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines

Grounded by pandemic: Hong Kong, Singapore on list of 10 airports with the most parked jets
Cathay Pacific offers older pilots early retirement as part of coronavirus pandemic restructuring

Hong Kong carrier said it would offer early retirement to those on historically old contracts, pilots aged 50 and above.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:13PM

Hong Kong carrier said it would offer early retirement to those on historically old contracts, pilots aged 50 and above.

Cathay Pacific offers older pilots early retirement as part of coronavirus pandemic restructuring
Hong Kong third wave: UPS pilots demand right to refuse to fly to city, days after FedEx Express crew call for suspension of all flights

Union representing global freight carrier’s aircrew calls for routes to be staffed by volunteers, and two sides already have an ‘opt in’ agreement in place for flights to mainland China.

31 Jul 2020 - 10:32PM

Union representing global freight carrier’s aircrew calls for routes to be staffed by volunteers, and two sides already have an ‘opt in’ agreement in place for flights to mainland China.

Hong Kong third wave: UPS pilots demand right to refuse to fly to city, days after FedEx Express crew call for suspension of all flights
Hong Kong third wave: FedEx pilots want US company to suspend flights to city, say Covid-19 measures present ‘unacceptable risk’

Association representing US company’s aircrew says city’s stricter measures have exposed members to ‘unacceptable risks’, and bemoan ‘forced’ hospitalisation for those who test positive.

29 Jul 2020 - 10:51PM

Association representing US company’s aircrew says city’s stricter measures have exposed members to ‘unacceptable risks’, and bemoan ‘forced’ hospitalisation for those who test positive.

Hong Kong third wave: FedEx pilots want US company to suspend flights to city, say Covid-19 measures present ‘unacceptable risk’
Hong Kong third wave: airline body objects to testing aircrew for Covid-19 as it predicts industry will not recover until 2024

New rules make it compulsory for pilots and cabin crew to have negative result before they can fly to Hong Kong. International Air Transport Association does not support move, but evidence suggests latest surge came from imported cases.

29 Jul 2020 - 12:03PM

New rules make it compulsory for pilots and cabin crew to have negative result before they can fly to Hong Kong. International Air Transport Association does not support move, but evidence suggests latest surge came from imported cases.

Hong Kong third wave: airline body objects to testing aircrew for Covid-19 as it predicts industry will not recover until 2024
Hong Kong third wave: alarm as overseas pilot seen visiting top tourist spot while Covid-19 test result was pending

Cargo pilot from United States tells another visitor on Peak Tram that he had arrived from South Korea and was in the city for a few days.

28 Jul 2020 - 11:01AM

Cargo pilot from United States tells another visitor on Peak Tram that he had arrived from South Korea and was in the city for a few days.

Hong Kong third wave: alarm as overseas pilot seen visiting top tourist spot while Covid-19 test result was pending
Hong Kong third wave: with Covid-19 upending daily life, residents at greater risk of mental heath problems, charity warns

Social distancing is leading people to spend more time at home, increasing the chances of family conflicts, Samaritan Befrienders says. Organisation reveals 993 people killed themselves last year, a rise of 4 per cent over 2018.

25 Jul 2020 - 5:45PM

Social distancing is leading people to spend more time at home, increasing the chances of family conflicts, Samaritan Befrienders says. Organisation reveals 993 people killed themselves last year, a rise of 4 per cent over 2018.

Hong Kong third wave: with Covid-19 upending daily life, residents at greater risk of mental heath problems, charity warns
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific delays aircraft deliveries, slowing cash burn amid Covid-19 travails

The arrival window for 12 new long-haul Airbus aircraft will be stretched by two years, to 2023, while a similar deal is being discussed with Boeing.

22 Jul 2020 - 11:27PM

The arrival window for 12 new long-haul Airbus aircraft will be stretched by two years, to 2023, while a similar deal is being discussed with Boeing.

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific delays aircraft deliveries, slowing cash burn amid Covid-19 travails
Coronavirus: woman who stayed three weeks in Hong Kong airport after arriving from London ‘allowed to leave for mainland China’

Authorities accused of double standards as others were forced to return to point of origin.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:21PM

Authorities accused of double standards as others were forced to return to point of origin.

Coronavirus: woman who stayed three weeks in Hong Kong airport after arriving from London ‘allowed to leave for mainland China’
Hong Kong third wave: AsiaWorld-Expo earmarked as next holding facility for stable Covid-19 patients

Health officials say the move would ease the burden on hospitals amid city’s third wave of infections. Facilities are being made available for those who are infected but able to look after themselves, as another 64 cases confirmed in city.

19 Jul 2020 - 5:49PM

Health officials say the move would ease the burden on hospitals amid city’s third wave of infections. Facilities are being made available for those who are infected but able to look after themselves, as another 64 cases confirmed in city.

Hong Kong third wave: AsiaWorld-Expo earmarked as next holding facility for stable Covid-19 patients
Cathay Pacific CEO blames coronavirus for historic HK$9.9 billion loss, and calls third wave a ‘cause for concern’

Airline boss Augustus Tang calls third wave a ‘cause for concern’ and says result ‘underlines the extent of the damage’ done to carrier by Covid-19.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:21PM

Airline boss Augustus Tang calls third wave a ‘cause for concern’ and says result ‘underlines the extent of the damage’ done to carrier by Covid-19.

Cathay Pacific CEO blames coronavirus for historic HK$9.9 billion loss, and calls third wave a ‘cause for concern’
Hong Kong third wave: Emirates Airlines halts flights to and from city amid Covid-19 clampdown

Airline says it is working hard to resume services as soon as possible and remains committed to city.

15 Jul 2020 - 7:23AM

Airline says it is working hard to resume services as soon as possible and remains committed to city.

Hong Kong third wave: Emirates Airlines halts flights to and from city amid Covid-19 clampdown
Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific and subsidiaries draw HK$680 million from government’s coronavirus relief fund

Employment Support Scheme payout will sustain at least 25,881 jobs at the group, which has been struggling through the Covid-19 pandemic.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:21PM

Employment Support Scheme payout will sustain at least 25,881 jobs at the group, which has been struggling through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific and subsidiaries draw HK$680 million from government’s coronavirus relief fund
Hong Kong government appoints former watchdog head, ex-justice minister as its representatives on Cathay Pacific board, overseeing bailout package

Appointment of Carlson Tong and Rimsky Yuen approved this week, with the former relinquishing his role as Airport Authority director.

14 Jul 2020 - 11:18PM

Appointment of Carlson Tong and Rimsky Yuen approved this week, with the former relinquishing his role as Airport Authority director.

Hong Kong government appoints former watchdog head, ex-justice minister as its representatives on Cathay Pacific board, overseeing bailout package
Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific overhaul set to begin as shareholders overwhelmingly back HK$39 billion Hong Kong government-led bailout package

Cathay Pacific chairman Patrick Healy says overhaul of the business will take ‘a couple of months’.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:21PM

Cathay Pacific chairman Patrick Healy says overhaul of the business will take ‘a couple of months’.

Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific overhaul set to begin as shareholders overwhelmingly back HK$39 billion Hong Kong government-led bailout package
Coronavirus: Hong Kong to require passengers from ‘high-risk’ countries to test negative before flying as city records 38 new Covid-19 cases

Local health officials have classified Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and South Africa as high-risk due to their low testing rates.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:22PM

Local health officials have classified Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and South Africa as high-risk due to their low testing rates.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong to require passengers from ‘high-risk’ countries to test negative before flying as city records 38 new Covid-19 cases
Coronavirus: foreign aircrew refusing to fly to Hong Kong over mandatory Covid-19 testing concerns, sources say

United Airlines and American Airlines cancel recently resumed services to city, as pilot unions express concern that positive test could throw flight operations into chaos.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:22PM

United Airlines and American Airlines cancel recently resumed services to city, as pilot unions express concern that positive test could throw flight operations into chaos.

Coronavirus: foreign aircrew refusing to fly to Hong Kong over mandatory Covid-19 testing concerns, sources say
Coronavirus: Hongkonger who spent three months at airport finally enters city

The individual departed Canada on a Cathay Pacific flight heading to Vietnam, but his plans were disrupted when he tried to transit in Hong Kong. He tested negative for Covid-19 and left the airport.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:27PM

The individual departed Canada on a Cathay Pacific flight heading to Vietnam, but his plans were disrupted when he tried to transit in Hong Kong. He tested negative for Covid-19 and left the airport.

Coronavirus: Hongkonger who spent three months at airport finally enters city
Emirates to send transit passengers stranded in Hong Kong airport back to Dubai and suspend transfer of travellers through city

Ten transit passengers currently undergoing quarantine in city will be flown back to Dubai after their isolation ends on Saturday, while the Middle Eastern carrier will suspend transit services via Hong Kong airport from July 2 to 15.

2 Jul 2020 - 10:56PM

Ten transit passengers currently undergoing quarantine in city will be flown back to Dubai after their isolation ends on Saturday, while the Middle Eastern carrier will suspend transit services via Hong Kong airport from July 2 to 15.

Emirates to send transit passengers stranded in Hong Kong airport back to Dubai and suspend transfer of travellers through city
Cathay Pacific: 90 per cent of staff agree to second round of unpaid leave as Hong Kong’s flag carrier braces for slow recovery amid pandemic

CEO Augustus Tang says he is humbled to see even more employees, up from 80 per cent in the last round, sign up for cost-saving scheme to keep company afloat.

30 Jun 2020 - 11:04PM

CEO Augustus Tang says he is humbled to see even more employees, up from 80 per cent in the last round, sign up for cost-saving scheme to keep company afloat.

Cathay Pacific: 90 per cent of staff agree to second round of unpaid leave as Hong Kong’s flag carrier braces for slow recovery amid pandemic
Coronavirus: airlines face stiffer penalties including transfer ban in Hong Kong if passengers left stranded in transit

Airport Authority Hong Kong unveiled stiffer sanctions after it emerged that some transfer passengers had been trapped airside for up to three months.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:27PM

Airport Authority Hong Kong unveiled stiffer sanctions after it emerged that some transfer passengers had been trapped airside for up to three months.

Coronavirus: airlines face stiffer penalties including transfer ban in Hong Kong if passengers left stranded in transit
Landlord tells Hong Kong children’s clothing chain Chickeeduck to find new home after protest statue controversy

Clothing store’s CEO tells the Post he has been given 21 days to vacate the Tsuen Wan location despite originally being told he could stay until September.

30 Jun 2020 - 9:24PM

Clothing store’s CEO tells the Post he has been given 21 days to vacate the Tsuen Wan location despite originally being told he could stay until September.

Landlord tells Hong Kong children’s clothing chain Chickeeduck to find new home after protest statue controversy