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Cathay closes premium lounges – for now

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Cathay Pacific will temporarily close The Deck.
Cathay Pacific will temporarily close The Deck.

HONG KONG - Cathay Pacific will temporarily close three of its premium lounges at Hong Kong International Airport due to falling demand.

Cathay has cut the number of flights it operates worldwide by 30% until at least the end of March in response to the slump in air travel caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus, now named Covid-19.

The Bridge and Deck business-class lounges along with the first-class Pier will be closed “until further notice” from Monday, the airline said.

The Wing first- and business-class lounges and the Pier business-class facility remain open.

Meanwhile, American Airlines confirmed it is extending the ban on flights to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai until April 23 from Dallas and Los Angeles.

Asiana Airlines, whose scheduled flights to China have been heavily reduced, is asking cabin crew to take two weeks' unpaid voluntary leave until the end of February.

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