CATHAY PACIFIC DENIES PLANS TO STOP FLIGHTS

Manila, April 16, 2003 -- Cathay Pacific Airways said yesterday that it 
continues to fly to several destinations worldwide, despite the outbreak of 
atypical pneumonia called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

In a press statement by Rhoda Capuno, Cathay Pacific assistant manager of 
marketing, said the airline has no plans as of now to stop operations at 
any future date.

"Despite the current difficult situation with 42 percent of the Cathay 
Pacific schedule cancelled, the airline is maintaining its network and 
providing scheduled services as much as possible," said Capuno.

She said Cathay Pacific has considered a number of contingency measures to 
maintain its services, preserve cash and minimize expenditures.

Some of these measures are already in place such as stopping all 
promotional and advertising activities, she said.

More measures will be implemented as and when necessary, she added.

"We certainly hope that the situation will improve soon. Cathay Pacific 
will continue to work closely with the Hong Kong community to overcome the 
current challenges together," Capuno said.

Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific said they will cut scheduled passenger services 
by more than one third in an effort to contain the financial impact caused 
by atypical pneumonia and the war in Iraq.

This is the third round of cuts that the airline has been forced to make 
since March 31, 2003.  (Sandy Araneta, Star)

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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