Danny Lee

Hong Kong

Danny Lee

Reporter for the City Desk covering the aviation industry

Danny joined the Post in 2013 as an intern before becoming a reporter on the City desk. He is an expert on aviation.

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Airlines in Hong Kong extend cuts to passenger capacity into spring 2020, with air travel downturn to continue even if protests wane

Carriers slash capacity on commercial flights in first quarter of next year, which could mean millions fewer seats, even if anti-government unrest eases.

13 Dec 2019 - 11:07PM

Carriers slash capacity on commercial flights in first quarter of next year, which could mean millions fewer seats, even if anti-government unrest eases.

Airlines in Hong Kong extend cuts to passenger capacity into spring 2020, with air travel downturn to continue even if protests wane
End to US-China trade war key to stronger 2020 for world’s airlines, aviation body says

International Air Transport Association predicts global profits will rise after billion dollar shortfall in 2019, as long as there are no new tariffs.

12 Dec 2019 - 11:02PM

International Air Transport Association predicts global profits will rise after billion dollar shortfall in 2019, as long as there are no new tariffs.

End to US-China trade war key to stronger 2020 for world’s airlines, aviation body says
Cathay Pacific Airways offers lifeline to pilots at troubled Hong Kong Airlines

Smaller carrier still in financial trouble, having just avoided going out of business at the weekend. City’s flag carrier reveals that, with threat of redundancies in the air, it offered to take on some of Hong Kong Airlines’ cockpit crew.

12 Dec 2019 - 11:02PM

Smaller carrier still in financial trouble, having just avoided going out of business at the weekend. City’s flag carrier reveals that, with threat of redundancies in the air, it offered to take on some of Hong Kong Airlines’ cockpit crew.

Cathay Pacific Airways offers lifeline to pilots at troubled Hong Kong Airlines
Hong Kong’s airport authority, airlines to offer discounts on cargo charges to boost trade at world’s busiest freight hub

Cathay Pacific will offer customers a discount of 30 HK cents per kilogram on cargo, as freight shipments take a hit from the US-China trade war.

11 Dec 2019 - 10:59PM

Cathay Pacific will offer customers a discount of 30 HK cents per kilogram on cargo, as freight shipments take a hit from the US-China trade war.

Hong Kong’s airport authority, airlines to offer discounts on cargo charges to boost trade at world’s busiest freight hub
Hong Kong’s flagship airline Cathay Pacific unveils energy-efficient digital flight and weather application replacing paper manuals

Move will help airline to save 1 million litres of fuel a year, while also reducing carbon emissions.

10 Dec 2019 - 12:31PM

Move will help airline to save 1 million litres of fuel a year, while also reducing carbon emissions.

Hong Kong’s flagship airline Cathay Pacific unveils energy-efficient digital flight and weather application replacing paper manuals
Hong Kong police seize weapons including handgun ahead of mass protest

Force believes radicals intended to deploy the arsenal during Sunday’s demonstrations on Hong Kong Island. Eleven arrested in early-morning raids across the city.

9 Dec 2019 - 12:28AM

Force believes radicals intended to deploy the arsenal during Sunday’s demonstrations on Hong Kong Island. Eleven arrested in early-morning raids across the city.

Hong Kong police seize weapons including handgun ahead of mass protest
Hong Kong Airlines: government allows stricken carrier to continue flying after cash found to plug finances

No further action to be taken by licensing authority against carrier’s woeful finances, ‘for the time being’. Airline retains licence to operate after given five days to secure new funds.

7 Dec 2019 - 11:33PM

No further action to be taken by licensing authority against carrier’s woeful finances, ‘for the time being’. Airline retains licence to operate after given five days to secure new funds.

Hong Kong Airlines: government allows stricken carrier to continue flying after cash found to plug finances
Crisis-hit Hong Kong Airlines expecting substantial amount of money pumped for its survival by Saturday, CEO Sun Jianfeng says

In an interview with the Post, Sun Jianfeng says he expects money to arrive ‘within one or two days’, which would ensure the airline’s survival for now.

6 Dec 2019 - 3:53AM

In an interview with the Post, Sun Jianfeng says he expects money to arrive ‘within one or two days’, which would ensure the airline’s survival for now.

Crisis-hit Hong Kong Airlines expecting substantial amount of money pumped for its survival by Saturday, CEO Sun Jianfeng says
Qantas to keep smaller fleet flying out of Hong Kong to limit HK$133 million impact of protests on business

Airline’s CEO says issues remain and smaller fleet will be used between city and Australia over next six months.

5 Dec 2019 - 10:57PM

Airline’s CEO says issues remain and smaller fleet will be used between city and Australia over next six months.

Qantas to keep smaller fleet flying out of Hong Kong to limit HK$133 million impact of protests on business
Cathay Pacific cuts pay rises for staff to 2 per cent, gives one-off sum of up to US$3,800 in place of year-end bonuses

Cathay will pay the bulk of its 27,000 airline staff a year-end payment of HK$30,000, or one month’s salary, whichever is lower, said its chief executive.

4 Dec 2019 - 11:00PM

Cathay will pay the bulk of its 27,000 airline staff a year-end payment of HK$30,000, or one month’s salary, whichever is lower, said its chief executive.

Cathay Pacific cuts pay rises for staff to 2 per cent, gives one-off sum of up to US$3,800 in place of year-end bonuses
Hong Kong Airlines says it has acquired enough cash to pay its staff as it battles to keep its licence to fly

Hong Kong’s third largest airline was given five days, since Monday, to find substantial amounts of new capital to keep the business afloat.

4 Dec 2019 - 10:50PM

Hong Kong’s third largest airline was given five days, since Monday, to find substantial amounts of new capital to keep the business afloat.

Hong Kong Airlines says it has acquired enough cash to pay its staff as it battles to keep its licence to fly
Hong Kong Airlines CEO promises to do everything to avoid laying off staff, with airline on the brink

Carrier has still not revealed financial plans following threat by authorities to revoke licence, with just days left to save the city’s third largest airline.

3 Dec 2019 - 10:55PM

Carrier has still not revealed financial plans following threat by authorities to revoke licence, with just days left to save the city’s third largest airline.

Hong Kong Airlines CEO promises to do everything to avoid laying off staff, with airline on the brink
Hong Kong Airlines bosses given five days to save company, leaving 3,500 employees at risk just weeks before Christmas

Air Transport Licensing Authority says ailing carrier must find new cash stream or it could revoke or suspend operating permit, putting 3,500 jobs at risk.

3 Dec 2019 - 1:34AM

Air Transport Licensing Authority says ailing carrier must find new cash stream or it could revoke or suspend operating permit, putting 3,500 jobs at risk.

Hong Kong Airlines bosses given five days to save company, leaving 3,500 employees at risk just weeks before Christmas
Hong Kong’s flagship airline Cathay Pacific to scale back its capacity by 1.4 per cent in 2020

Cost control measures will be proportionate to the challenges the airline faces, internal memo sent out by CEO Augustus Tang says.

29 Nov 2019 - 7:02PM

Cost control measures will be proportionate to the challenges the airline faces, internal memo sent out by CEO Augustus Tang says.

Hong Kong’s flagship airline Cathay Pacific to scale back its capacity by 1.4 per cent in 2020
Hong Kong Airlines fighting to survive as licensing authority calls crisis talks over carrier’s financial woes

Air Transport Licensing Authority says carrier has been in deep financial trouble for ‘long period of time’ as it hints at taking action, and officials could revoke licence or demand it restructure as condition of continuing to exist.

29 Nov 2019 - 11:41PM

Air Transport Licensing Authority says carrier has been in deep financial trouble for ‘long period of time’ as it hints at taking action, and officials could revoke licence or demand it restructure as condition of continuing to exist.

Hong Kong Airlines fighting to survive as licensing authority calls crisis talks over carrier’s financial woes
Hong Kong Airlines fails to pay November salaries on time to almost half of its employees, cites protests and weak travel demand as reasons for poor business

The airline says its cabin crew and overseas staff will be paid on time, but all other staff will get their salaries on December 6.

29 Nov 2019 - 1:10AM

The airline says its cabin crew and overseas staff will be paid on time, but all other staff will get their salaries on December 6.

Hong Kong Airlines fails to pay November salaries on time to almost half of its employees, cites protests and weak travel demand as reasons for poor business
Planes stay on the ground and protests bite, as Hong Kong Airlines struggles to beat financial woes

No solution in sight as thousands cancel, defer trips to Hong Kong because of protests.

20 Nov 2019 - 9:04PM

No solution in sight as thousands cancel, defer trips to Hong Kong because of protests.

Planes stay on the ground and protests bite, as Hong Kong Airlines struggles to beat financial woes
Hong Kong protests force fresh cull of city flights, led by mainland China airlines

Carriers including Xiamen Airlines and China Eastern among those stripping back services for the city.

18 Nov 2019 - 6:49PM

Carriers including Xiamen Airlines and China Eastern among those stripping back services for the city.

Hong Kong protests force fresh cull of city flights, led by mainland China airlines
No joy for airlines seeking waivers, cuts in Hong Kong airport fees to help get through hard times

Airport Authority makes clear it has no relief measures planned for airlines.

18 Nov 2019 - 3:41PM

Airport Authority makes clear it has no relief measures planned for airlines.

No joy for airlines seeking waivers, cuts in Hong Kong airport fees to help get through hard times
Cathay Pacific delays delivery of four Airbus planes and speeds up cull of older jets but will not ground aircraft or offer unpaid leave for now as it battles Hong Kong protest fallout

City’s flag carrier delays aircraft and will retire two more planes than planned in 2020.

14 Nov 2019 - 11:07PM

City’s flag carrier delays aircraft and will retire two more planes than planned in 2020.

Cathay Pacific delays delivery of four Airbus planes and speeds up cull of older jets but will not ground aircraft or offer unpaid leave for now as it battles Hong Kong protest fallout
Cathay Pacific further lowers profit forecast over Hong Kong’s protest crisis as Asian aviation summit cancelled

Hong Kong’s flagship airline group said second half of 2019 to be ‘significantly lower’ than the first, making an annual loss more likely.

13 Nov 2019 - 10:59PM

Hong Kong’s flagship airline group said second half of 2019 to be ‘significantly lower’ than the first, making an annual loss more likely.

Cathay Pacific further lowers profit forecast over Hong Kong’s protest crisis as Asian aviation summit cancelled
Trade war hits demand but United Airlines sticks with US-China routes

Chicago-headquartered company runs more flights from the US to mainland China than any other airline. But executives admit demand is ‘weaker than we expected’ between the world’s two biggest economies, which are still in tariff spat.

10 Nov 2019 - 11:17PM

Chicago-headquartered company runs more flights from the US to mainland China than any other airline. But executives admit demand is ‘weaker than we expected’ between the world’s two biggest economies, which are still in tariff spat.

Trade war hits demand but United Airlines sticks with US-China routes
Cathay Pacific shifts planes to HK Express, showing confidence in newly acquired low-cost carrier

Order for 32 Airbus A321neo single-aisle jets to be divided equally between its full-service regional carrier Cathay Dragon and HK Express.

8 Nov 2019 - 11:08PM

Order for 32 Airbus A321neo single-aisle jets to be divided equally between its full-service regional carrier Cathay Dragon and HK Express.

Cathay Pacific shifts planes to HK Express, showing confidence in newly acquired low-cost carrier
Singapore Airlines says Malaysia Airlines tie-up is ‘best’ approach amid hurdles in aviation mergers

Southeast Asia’s airline industry is dominated by loss-making national carriers but domestic politics has impeded airline mergers. The SIA and MAS tie-up includes a revenue-sharing agreement.

7 Nov 2019 - 1:00PM

Southeast Asia’s airline industry is dominated by loss-making national carriers but domestic politics has impeded airline mergers. The SIA and MAS tie-up includes a revenue-sharing agreement.

Singapore Airlines says Malaysia Airlines tie-up is ‘best’ approach amid hurdles in aviation mergers
Demand for Hong Kong flights has ‘stabilised’, says Singapore Airlines boss Goh Choon Phong

But CEO Goh Choon Phong also says it’s ‘too early to say’ if a recovery is under way in the market for air travel to the protest-hit city.

7 Nov 2019 - 11:39AM

But CEO Goh Choon Phong also says it’s ‘too early to say’ if a recovery is under way in the market for air travel to the protest-hit city.

Demand for Hong Kong flights has ‘stabilised’, says Singapore Airlines boss Goh Choon Phong
Troubled Hong Kong Airlines to axe Los Angeles service and cut operations by 6 per cent under government pressure

Affected passengers will be offered alternative arrangements to minimise disruptions to travel plans, especially during upcoming holiday seasons.

4 Nov 2019 - 11:35PM

Affected passengers will be offered alternative arrangements to minimise disruptions to travel plans, especially during upcoming holiday seasons.

Troubled Hong Kong Airlines to axe Los Angeles service and cut operations by 6 per cent under government pressure
Singapore Airlines registers ‘single-digit’ growth in outbound travel from Hong Kong, even as travellers give city a miss

About 70 per cent of seats for its Hong Kong flights are occupied at the moment, says general manager.

7 Nov 2019 - 12:28PM

About 70 per cent of seats for its Hong Kong flights are occupied at the moment, says general manager.

Singapore Airlines registers ‘single-digit’ growth in outbound travel from Hong Kong, even as travellers give city a miss
New Korean airline hoping Chinese cash can help it soar after agreeing US$1.4 billion Dreamliner deal with Boeing

Start-up Air Premia hoping Chinese investors can help it rise above competitors as it steels limelight at Airfinance Journal Asia-Pacific conference.

31 Oct 2019 - 11:02PM

Start-up Air Premia hoping Chinese investors can help it rise above competitors as it steels limelight at Airfinance Journal Asia-Pacific conference.

New Korean airline hoping Chinese cash can help it soar after agreeing US$1.4 billion Dreamliner deal with Boeing
United Airlines bosses remain cautious despite uptick in demand for flights to Hong Kong

Chicago-based carrier says passenger levels returning to those seen before anti-government protests began.

30 Oct 2019 - 11:49PM

Chicago-based carrier says passenger levels returning to those seen before anti-government protests began.

United Airlines bosses remain cautious despite uptick in demand for flights to Hong Kong
Hong Kong Airlines earns warning from Air Transport Licensing Authority over financial tailspin

Air Transport Licensing Authority tells city’s third-largest airline to take ‘immediate and concrete’ actions to improve its financial situation.

26 Oct 2019 - 2:31PM

Air Transport Licensing Authority tells city’s third-largest airline to take ‘immediate and concrete’ actions to improve its financial situation.

Hong Kong Airlines earns warning from Air Transport Licensing Authority over financial tailspin