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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More than 25,000 Cathay Pacific employees to take unpaid leave as airline’s business challenges remain ‘acute’ amid coronavirus outbreak

About 75 per cent of the airline’s 33,300 employees join scheme, though many pilots and cabin crew refrain from taking part.

26 Feb 2020 - 11:48PM

About 75 per cent of the airline’s 33,300 employees join scheme, though many pilots and cabin crew refrain from taking part.

More than 25,000 Cathay Pacific employees to take unpaid leave as airline’s business challenges remain ‘acute’ amid coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus: Hong Kong civil servants set to return to offices from next Monday as work-from-home arrangements come to an end

Government memo tells department heads to prepare for the resumption of normal public services from March 2.

26 Feb 2020 - 5:11PM

Government memo tells department heads to prepare for the resumption of normal public services from March 2.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong civil servants set to return to offices from next Monday as work-from-home arrangements come to an end
Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific to prolong perks for frequent fliers as travel restrictions push minimum miles out of reach

The frequent flier programme is a vital – and reliable – source of income for Hong Kong’s embattled de facto flag carrier.

22 Feb 2020 - 11:06PM

The frequent flier programme is a vital – and reliable – source of income for Hong Kong’s embattled de facto flag carrier.

Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific to prolong perks for frequent fliers as travel restrictions push minimum miles out of reach
Hong Kong airport unveils HK$1.6 billion package to support industry buckling under coronavirus outbreak, anti-government protests

Airlines to get lower fees and rental charges under Airport Authority relief package.

22 Feb 2020 - 12:20AM

Airlines to get lower fees and rental charges under Airport Authority relief package.

Hong Kong airport unveils HK$1.6 billion package to support industry buckling under coronavirus outbreak, anti-government protests
Coronavirus: Asian airlines set to lose US$27.8b as demand for flights shrivels amid outbreak

Asia-Pacific carriers will suffer a 13 per cent decline in full-year passenger demand, global airline trade group says.

21 Feb 2020 - 3:02AM

Asia-Pacific carriers will suffer a 13 per cent decline in full-year passenger demand, global airline trade group says.

Coronavirus: Asian airlines set to lose US$27.8b as demand for flights shrivels amid outbreak
Hong Kong flagship airline Cathay Pacific hit with financial trouble amid coronavirus outbreak

Hong Kong’s flagship airline Cathay Pacific Airways is scrambling to ride out a financial storm caused by the coronavirus outbreak, coming right on the heels of months of anti-government protests in its home city as well as the US-China trade war. As the region tries to prevent the spread of the virus that causes the deadly Covid-19 illness, Cathay Pacific has cancelled more than a half of its scheduled flights in February and March  2020. Aviation experts say that as the outbreak wreaks havoc on air travel, Hong Kong’s international airport is also likely to be struggling to take off again at a pace even slower than was after the 2002-2003 Sars outbreak.

20 Feb 2020 - 5:38PM

Hong Kong’s flagship airline Cathay Pacific Airways is scrambling to ride out a financial storm caused by the coronavirus outbreak, coming right on the heels of months of anti-government protests in its home city as well as the US-China trade war. As the region tries to prevent the spread of the virus that causes the deadly Covid-19 illness, Cathay Pacific has cancelled more than a half of its scheduled flights in February and March  2020. Aviation experts say that as the outbreak wreaks havoc on air travel, Hong Kong’s international airport is also likely to be struggling to take off again at a pace even slower than was after the 2002-2003 Sars outbreak.

Hong Kong flagship airline Cathay Pacific hit with financial trouble amid coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus: Hong Kong airport to close concourse as number of passenger flights plummets by two-thirds

Midfield concourse was home to ailing Hong Kong Airlines, which slashed 170 jobs earlier this week, but the futuristic rectangular building – opened in 2015 at a cost of HK$10 billion – now being used to house parked jets.

21 Feb 2020 - 6:39AM

Midfield concourse was home to ailing Hong Kong Airlines, which slashed 170 jobs earlier this week, but the futuristic rectangular building – opened in 2015 at a cost of HK$10 billion – now being used to house parked jets.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong airport to close concourse as number of passenger flights plummets by two-thirds
Coronavirus: Qantas and Jetstar cut Asia flights, including to Hong Kong, Singapore

Qantas and its low-cost brand Jetstar will reduce flights to Asia for at least three months, as travel demand slows amid the coronavirus outbreak.

25 Feb 2020 - 2:54PM

Qantas and its low-cost brand Jetstar will reduce flights to Asia for at least three months, as travel demand slows amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: Qantas and Jetstar cut Asia flights, including to Hong Kong, Singapore
Struggling Hong Kong Airlines sacks 170 staff, day after it ditches food, drink, blankets and pillows from flights

Carrier was on verge of collapse earlier this year and is to make 400 staff redundant. Move comes day after it ditched food, drinks, blankets and pillows from flights.

20 Feb 2020 - 12:02AM

Carrier was on verge of collapse earlier this year and is to make 400 staff redundant. Move comes day after it ditched food, drinks, blankets and pillows from flights.

Struggling Hong Kong Airlines sacks 170 staff, day after it ditches food, drink, blankets and pillows from flights
Singapore Airlines cuts 670 flights from March to May amid coronavirus outbreak

The move affects 96 routes, including to Tokyo, Los Angeles and Sydney. Affected passengers will be moved to other flights, Singapore Airlines says.

25 Feb 2020 - 2:54PM

The move affects 96 routes, including to Tokyo, Los Angeles and Sydney. Affected passengers will be moved to other flights, Singapore Airlines says.

Singapore Airlines cuts 670 flights from March to May amid coronavirus outbreak
Hong Kong’s flagship airline Cathay Pacific warns of significant drop in year-on-year performance in the first half of 2020 amid poor travel demand caused by coronavirus outbreak

Airline further reduces its capacity for February and March from 30 to 40 per cent, in a move analysts indicate the travel situation is worsening.

17 Feb 2020 - 7:56PM

Airline further reduces its capacity for February and March from 30 to 40 per cent, in a move analysts indicate the travel situation is worsening.

Hong Kong’s flagship airline Cathay Pacific warns of significant drop in year-on-year performance in the first half of 2020 amid poor travel demand caused by coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus: Hong Kong airport suffers worst January in five years as officials blame protests and deadly bug for poor traffic

In January, 5.7 million passengers passed through Hong Kong airport, down 11.7 per cent year on year, while the amount of cargo handled fell by 10.4 per cent.

16 Feb 2020 - 11:18PM

In January, 5.7 million passengers passed through Hong Kong airport, down 11.7 per cent year on year, while the amount of cargo handled fell by 10.4 per cent.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong airport suffers worst January in five years as officials blame protests and deadly bug for poor traffic
Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific to close three premium airport lounges in Hong Kong as outbreak wreaks havoc on travel

The Bridge and Deck business-class lounges along with the first-class Pier will be closed ‘until further notice’ from Monday, the airline says.

14 Feb 2020 - 2:58AM

The Bridge and Deck business-class lounges along with the first-class Pier will be closed ‘until further notice’ from Monday, the airline says.

Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific to close three premium airport lounges in Hong Kong as outbreak wreaks havoc on travel
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific group has cancelled more than half of its flights for next two months amid coronavirus outbreak

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon together will cut 783 flights per week in February and 835 per week in March amid coronavirus outbreak.

8 Feb 2020 - 11:43PM

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon together will cut 783 flights per week in February and 835 per week in March amid coronavirus outbreak.

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific group has cancelled more than half of its flights for next two months amid coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus: Cathay Dragon cabin crew vote to strike but will hold off for ‘maximum impact’

Nine in 10 union members back industrial action over airline’s response to the contagion.

8 Feb 2020 - 11:44PM

Nine in 10 union members back industrial action over airline’s response to the contagion.

Coronavirus: Cathay Dragon cabin crew vote to strike but will hold off for ‘maximum impact’
Hundreds more Hong Kong flights to be cancelled as coronavirus hammers air travel

Cathay Pacific is latest to wield axe, while Taiwan’s new restrictions on visitors from Hong Kong is another blow.

7 Feb 2020 - 6:34PM

Cathay Pacific is latest to wield axe, while Taiwan’s new restrictions on visitors from Hong Kong is another blow.

Hundreds more Hong Kong flights to be cancelled as coronavirus hammers air travel
Coronavirus: work from home scheme extended, harsh penalties laid out for quarantine violations as Hong Kong battles outbreak

Quarantine measures will not affect the flow of goods from mainland, chief secretary says, adding supply of daily necessities, including food, is normal.

7 Feb 2020 - 11:22PM

Quarantine measures will not affect the flow of goods from mainland, chief secretary says, adding supply of daily necessities, including food, is normal.

Coronavirus: work from home scheme extended, harsh penalties laid out for quarantine violations as Hong Kong battles outbreak
Hong Kong Airlines to axe 400 jobs as coronavirus adds to financial crisis at troubled carrier

About 10 per cent of workforce will be slashed by airline, which is asking ground staff to take at least two months of unpaid leave or switch to three-day working week.

7 Feb 2020 - 11:36PM

About 10 per cent of workforce will be slashed by airline, which is asking ground staff to take at least two months of unpaid leave or switch to three-day working week.

Hong Kong Airlines to axe 400 jobs as coronavirus adds to financial crisis at troubled carrier
Virgin Australia permanently cancels Hong Kong routes amid coronavirus outbreak, anti-government protests

The company cited ‘decline in demand following ongoing civil unrest, and growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in the wider region’.

6 Feb 2020 - 3:48PM

The company cited ‘decline in demand following ongoing civil unrest, and growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in the wider region’.

Virgin Australia permanently cancels Hong Kong routes amid coronavirus outbreak, anti-government protests
Coronavirus: China Southern, Hainan Airlines among crisis-struck mainland carriers to put all foreign pilots on unpaid leave

Lured by generous compensation, many foreign pilots now considering their options amid unfolding coronavirus crisis.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:02PM

Lured by generous compensation, many foreign pilots now considering their options amid unfolding coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus: China Southern, Hainan Airlines among crisis-struck mainland carriers to put all foreign pilots on unpaid leave
Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific asks all 27,000 employees to take turns on three weeks unpaid leave

Airline struggling in face of deadly virus has already announced cuts to its flying schedule.

5 Feb 2020 - 11:33PM

Airline struggling in face of deadly virus has already announced cuts to its flying schedule.

Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific asks all 27,000 employees to take turns on three weeks unpaid leave
Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways to cut 90 per cent of mainland China services

Airline will reduce overall flight capacity by about 30 per cent, says CEO.

4 Feb 2020 - 11:46PM

Airline will reduce overall flight capacity by about 30 per cent, says CEO.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways to cut 90 per cent of mainland China services
Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific faces pressure to suspend mainland China flights, following action from the US, Singapore and Australia

Hong Kong’s flagship airline runs three flights each a day to Beijing and Shanghai, but crew have warned they may strike if these flights are not grounded.

25 Feb 2020 - 3:04PM

Hong Kong’s flagship airline runs three flights each a day to Beijing and Shanghai, but crew have warned they may strike if these flights are not grounded.

Coronavirus: Cathay Pacific faces pressure to suspend mainland China flights, following action from the US, Singapore and Australia
Coronavirus: Qantas, Qatar Airways and Air New Zealand latest airlines to suspend flights to mainland

Qantas, Qatar Airways and Air New Zealand are the latest airlines to suspend flights to mainland China due to travel restrictions aimed at curbing the coronavirus crisis.

15 Feb 2020 - 5:12PM

Qantas, Qatar Airways and Air New Zealand are the latest airlines to suspend flights to mainland China due to travel restrictions aimed at curbing the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus: Qantas, Qatar Airways and Air New Zealand latest airlines to suspend flights to mainland
Hong Kong Airlines to cut hundreds of jobs as its finances worsen amid coronavirus outbreak

City’s third biggest carrier is facing fresh financial crisis as its expected income from air tickets has reduced drastically due to cancellation of flights to mainland China.

31 Jan 2020 - 11:09PM

City’s third biggest carrier is facing fresh financial crisis as its expected income from air tickets has reduced drastically due to cancellation of flights to mainland China.

Hong Kong Airlines to cut hundreds of jobs as its finances worsen amid coronavirus outbreak
‘Bad timing’: industry experts pan expanded fast-track immigration scheme by Hong Kong government to lure tech talent 

Lawmaker Charles Mok bemoans city’s battered global image amid protest violence and coronavirus outbreak, while experts say plan could be more beneficial if extended to other industries.

30 Jan 2020 - 11:05PM

Lawmaker Charles Mok bemoans city’s battered global image amid protest violence and coronavirus outbreak, while experts say plan could be more beneficial if extended to other industries.

‘Bad timing’: industry experts pan expanded fast-track immigration scheme by Hong Kong government to lure tech talent 
Three Hong Kong universities declared ‘most international’ by Times Higher Education World University Rankings

City University tops 170 institutions across the world, followed by University of Hong Kong, while Chinese University is ranked fifth.

30 Jan 2020 - 11:05PM

City University tops 170 institutions across the world, followed by University of Hong Kong, while Chinese University is ranked fifth.

Three Hong Kong universities declared ‘most international’ by Times Higher Education World University Rankings
China coronavirus: major airlines pull plug on services to Hong Kong and mainland as US considers stopping all flights

US considers stopping all flights to China as Lufthansa, British Airways, Air Canada and Lion Air cancel all services to mainland, and host of other carriers cut routes.

30 Jan 2020 - 10:08AM

US considers stopping all flights to China as Lufthansa, British Airways, Air Canada and Lion Air cancel all services to mainland, and host of other carriers cut routes.

China coronavirus: major airlines pull plug on services to Hong Kong and mainland as US considers stopping all flights
China coronavirus: United Airlines cuts back China flights as disease worsens in Asia

Decision to cancel 24 flights from US to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai follows State Department warning to avoid non-essential travel to China amid coronavirus concerns.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:05PM

Decision to cancel 24 flights from US to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai follows State Department warning to avoid non-essential travel to China amid coronavirus concerns.

China coronavirus: United Airlines cuts back China flights as disease worsens in Asia
China coronavirus: Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines move to halve mainland flights after government directive

Both airlines have said they would waive rebooking, re-routing and refund charges for affected customers.

29 Jan 2020 - 4:47AM

Both airlines have said they would waive rebooking, re-routing and refund charges for affected customers.

China coronavirus: Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines move to halve mainland flights after government directive