By Andy Sambidge
Hong Kong-based carrier cites 'commercial reasons' for move; also plans to increase Bahrain flights
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific on Sunday announced that it plans to stop its services to Jeddah and Abu Dhabi for commercial reasons.
Flights to both cities will stop on March 30, the airline said in a statement, adding that alternative arrangements would be made for passengers already booked on these routes.
The move is part of a rethink by the carrier on some of its Middle East route for the summer schedule which begins in the second quarter of the year.
Elsewhere in the Gulf, Cathay Pacific said its two daily flights between Hong Kong and Dubai will remain unchanged.
Its Bahrain service will be increased to a daily flight with an intermediary stop at Dubai, it said. This daily flight replaces the existing four-times-per week-flight to Bahrain with an intermediary stop at Riyadh.
It added that from May 2 to July 20, a temporary rerouting of the CX745 Hong Kong-Dubai-Bahrain service will be required due to a partial runway closure at Dubai International Airport for maintenance.
During this period, the flight will be changed to a Hong Kong-Abu Dhabi-Bahrain routing.
The carrier said Riyadh will be served by a direct flight from Hong Kong five times per week.
"Cathay Pacific remains committed to serving the Middle East and will continue to identify opportunities to strengthen its services to and from the region," the statement said.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.