Reuters’ chief correspondent, Asia aviation and defence, Jamie Freed joins RGN contributing editor John Walton for a wide-ranging conversation about the effects that the ongoing instability in Hong Kong has been affecting aviation within the region.
How has it affected passengers, the airport, and the demand for its third runway? What about the airlines based in Hong Kong, including Cathay Pacific, HNA’s Hong Kong Airlines and newly-Cathay LCC Hong Kong Express? What do the new people in charge mean for Cathay Pacific after the departure of board chairman John Slosar, CEO Rupert Hogg and chief customer and commercial officer Paul Loo?
What changes are likely to Cathay’s strategy, especially for Cathay Dragon and HK Express? How about other airlines who fly into Hong Kong, and the other regional hubs like Singapore, Taipei, Bangkok and so on? How is this new unidentified pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan fitting into the picture? And what are the challenges coming forward for the 2020s?