Virgin Australia is withdrawing from the Hong Kong market, with the news out today that the airline will axe its daily Sydney-Hong Kong flights from 2 March 2020.

Virgin’s Melbourne-Hong Kong flights – due to be ‘suspended’ on 11 February – will also not be returning to service.

This news isn’t surprising, given Virgin has struggled to fill planes on the Hong Kong routes. The recent civil unrest in Hong Kong and the coronavirus outbreak have caused air travel traffic to drop substantially, leading the airline to pull the plug on these unprofitable routes entirely.

This is sad news for Virgin frequent flyers as it spells the end of the airline’s push into greater China and its ‘all Virgin’ flights to London with partner Virgin Atlantic (though those are still possible the ‘long way round’ via Los Angeles).

Rumours of the Sydney-Hong Kong route cancellation started doing the rounds this morning, and the airline has now confirmed the news. Affected passengers should expect to be contacted by the airline or their travel agent to discuss alternative arrangements.

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