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Cathay Pacific to Restore Some Flights Using Russian Airspace

  • Hong Kong’s main airline to fly polar routes again from Nov. 1
  • Most airlines avoided Russian airspace after Ukraine war
An aircraft operated by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. takes off. 

An aircraft operated by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. takes off. 

Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. will restart using Russian airspace several months after Moscow’s war in Ukraine upended the aviation industry and global flight paths, becoming among the earliest of major airlines to do so.

Hong Kong’s main airline will fly from New York to the Asian financial hub using the so-called Polar Route from Nov. 1, the company said in an emailed response to a query by Bloomberg News. It cited strong headwinds and payload issues affecting its flights from the east coast of North America, and said its aircraft will overfly the far eastern part of Russia.