The extra sauce on top of this clearly unpleasant situation is this: if any flight from any destination arrives in HKG with four or more infected passengers (this happens easily now with Omicron), the entire route must be suspended for 14 days. This regulation is coming from the government, not from Cathay Pacific. It makes planning and moving passengers into HK nearly impossible, unless they are coming direct from one of the few COVID-free zones left in the world.
The situation in HK has become even more extreme. Keep in mind this new transit ban (from 153 countries!) is in addition to travellers from Australia, Canada, France, India, the Philippines, Pakistan, Britain and the United States being banned entirely.
Does the airline get money from Hk Gov to help out? I wonder how they can stay in business and if a club member I would use up all my points ASAP. I wonder like Singapore is there more out bound travel?
To add to their problems is the Russia issue. Very few airlines are now flying over Russian Airspace (as Cathay do on most of their flights to/from Europe). But of course being part of China probably means that they can, but who knows what might happen in that regard. I notice that the Japanese airlines, who used to fly over Russia to Europe, have now moved to a slightly longer route over Anchorage, the Arctic and Greenland.
On the current Canadian government list of travel advisories, they indicate the following:
National Security Law
The National Security Law for Hong Kong came into effect in 2020. Activities considered as national security violations are broadly and vaguely defined. They could include activities that are not considered illegal in Canada and that occurred outside of Hong Kong.
You risk being arbitrarily detained on national security grounds, even while you are transiting through Hong Kong. You could be subject to transfer to mainland China for prosecution. Penalties are severe and include life imprisonment.