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Struggling Hong Kong Airlines cancels more long-haul flights

Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Francisco routes affected

Passengers are worried their travel plans could be affected by Hong Kong Airlines' flight cuts. (South China Morning Post photo)

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Cash-strapped Hong Kong Airlines is cancelling more long-haul flights -- this time to North America -- as it again dials back on its venture into intercontinental travel.

From June, flights to Vancouver will be cut to three a week from a daily service, according to its schedules. The Los Angeles service will see two of the seven flights a week cancelled. Additionally, the San Francisco route has been reduced from four flights a week to three between September and October, according to flight-schedule tracker Airlineroute.

There have been growing doubts about the airline’s financial health for months, leaving passengers who have been rebooked on different flights with concerns about their travel plans.

Paul Harper-Cox, 34, learned his flight to Vancouver in June was cancelled and he was automatically rebooked for the next day.

“I received an SMS notification followed by an email a few hours later, telling me I had been automatically moved to another flight. There was no information on any alternative options or availability of a refund,” he said.

Harper-Cox will travel with his wife and one-year-old daughter to Canada, linking up with other family members flying from Britain. He said given the complex travel arrangements, he would have preferred to be moved to an alternative carrier.


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