Cathay Pacific’s flights to Qatar, which launched with a fanfare in 2014, will be suspended after less than two years of operations.
The Hong Kong-Doha route was inaugurated on 31 March 2014, as part of an arrangement with Cathay’s new oneworld alliance partner, Qatar Airways. But the airline revealed this week that the route will be terminated on 14 February 2016 due to “commercial reasons”.
Qatar Airways will continue to fly to Hong Kong, and Cathay will codeshare on this service. But Cathay will cease codesharing on Qatar Airways’ onward flights from Doha.
Cathay still operates daily flights to Dubai and Bahrain and four weekly flights to Riyadh. And the airline said it “remains committed to serving the Middle East market”.
“We will continue to identify opportunities to strengthen its services to and from the region,” Cathay said in a statement.
For the first nine months of 2015, Cathay’s traffic to the Middle East & South Asia region declined 2.8%.