Cathay Pacific Airways bookings to Korea down on Mers fears

REUTERS – Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd has seen a drop in bookings on its routes from Hong Kong to cities in South Korea after the recent uptick in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases there, chief executive Ivan Chu said on Tuesday, June 9.

The remarks, made on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) annual meeting, come after more than 80 cases of the disease have been reported in South Korea, making it the country with the second-highest number of infections after Saudi Arabia. Chu did not address the financial impact of the drop.