China’s Capital Airlines announced that it has suspended its direct flight between China and Portugal between 15 October and March 2019.
The airline, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa said suspension of the flight, initially launched in July 2017, was for “operational reasons”.
According to Lusa, Capital Airlines refused to give more specific reasons for the suspension while Portuguese tourism agency Turismo de Portugal said it would give its reaction to the news at a later date.
The flight, which is offered three times a week, between the city of Hangzhou, on the east coast of China, and Lisbon, with a stop in Beijing, began on 26 July, 2017.
In the first year since it began flying to Portugal, Capital Airlines has carried more than 80,000 passengers.
The average flight occupancy rate was 80% in the weaker months, while in the high season it exceeded 95%.
Capital Airlines is one of the subsidiaries of China’s HNA group, which is facing a severe liquidity crisis after ending last year with liabilities of 598 billion yuan (US$87 billion). (macauhub)