HK Express temporarily suspends all flight operations from March 23

HK Express made this announcement:

HK Express announces that it will suspend all flight operations on a short-term basis starting from March 23 until April 30, 2020 inclusive, in light of the significant drop in travel demand as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and growing travel restrictions imposed by Hong Kong SAR Government as well as various governments across Asia.

The airline is looking into resuming flight operations on May 1, 2020 and closely monitoring the development of the situation.

As of today, HK Express has already cancelled about 2,000 flight sectors, covering 23 out of our 25 routes across Asia.

In light of the upcoming temporary suspension of flight operations, HK Express is bringing forward leave plans for crew by reallocating leave originally assigned in the second half of the year to the period between April and June 2020. This is being done so as to reserve manpower for when demand returns.

HK Express has already taken a number of measures to help it preserve cash, including cost containment, recruitment suspension, supplier management and the implementation of the Special No Pay Leave Scheme to mitigate the financial impact of the situation on the company.

HK Express CEO Mandy Ng said: “This is a decision we have not taken lightly. Unfortunately, it is now essential in order to ensure we see ourselves through this extremely difficult period. Given all the challenges we have been facing, preserving our cash position is key to make sure we stay together as team.”

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