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Cathay Says Training, Aircraft Bottleneck Slowing Covid Recovery

  • Expects one-third of pre-pandemic flight capacity by year end
  • Adding back flights as quickly as feasible, Cathay’s Lam says

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. expects to fly one-third of its pre-Covid capacity by the end of the year, up from 25% previously projected as Hong Kong gradually loosens restrictions on travel, including lengthy mandatory quarantine stays.

The recovery will take time as Hong Kong’s main airline returns its fleet to service and trains staff after operating at as little as 2% of 2019 capacity for much of the pandemic.