Cathay Pacific axes services as bookings drop amid Hong Kong protests

Cathay Pacific has confirmed there will be no reduction in capacity or frequency on its services between New Zealand and Hong Kong, despite the airline making several cutbacks in other regions.

The Hong Kong-based airline announced on Wednesday it would cut capacity on some routes for the upcoming winter season after reporting an 11.3 percent fall in passenger numbers for August due to the ongoing pro-democracy protests.

Cathay Pacific told Reuters the number of people booking premium class travel had fallen much more than bookings for economy class, but its routes to Australia and New Zealand were 'more positive' than most.

Demand from mainland China and Northeast Asia has been severely hit.

In November, Cathay Pacific will recommence its seasonal flights between Christchurch and Hong Kong, in addition to its daily flights to and from Auckland.

Earlier this week, Hong Kong's finance ministry reported a drop of nearly 40 percent in visitor arrivals in August compared to last year.