Virgin Australia suspends flights to Hong Kong

Virgin Australia has announced its complete withdrawal from Hong Kong following further fallout from the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak leading to a reduction in demand for travel to the city.

The news follows US airlines American and United announcing the temporary suspension of flights to Hong Kong.

The announcement is a blow to Hong Kong’s tourism sector which is still reeling from the ongoing civil unrest which has seen a dramatic decline in visitors.

“Hong Kong has continued to be a challenging market… While the decision to withdraw from the Hong Kong market has been a difficult one, it demonstrates our strong focus on driving greater financial discipline through our network,” said Virgin Australia chief commercial officer John MacLeod.

“Current circumstances demonstrate that Hong Kong is no longer a commercially viable route for Virgin Australia to continue operating, however international tourism remains an important part of our strategy through our other international routes and partner airlines.”