Cathay Pacific to stop flights to Moscow by the end of May

The Hong Kong-based carrier will keep a representative office in the Russian capital

Citing poor demand and high operating costs, Cathay Pacific will discontinue flights to Moscow at the end of May.

The airline had a thrice a week service using Airbus A-340/300 aircrafts for the Hong Kong-Moscow flight.  It will keep a representative office in Moscow and work with S7 airlines as a partner in the country.

The move by the Hong Kong carrier comes in the footsteps of Thai Airways cancelling its service to the Russian capital.  

Reciprocal visa-waiver agreements for short stays exist between Russian citizens and Thai citizens and Hong Kong passport holders. However, there has been a sharp reduction in Russians visiting both places due to the weakness of the ruble.

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