Virgin Australia is the first international airline to withdraw all its services between Australia and Hong Kong amid the coronavirus, citing that the route was no longer commercially viable.
“Hong Kong has continued to be a challenging market. We have made the decision to withdraw services,” Virgin Australia Group chief commercial officer John MacLeod said.
The performance of the route declined following the anti-government protests that began in June 2019, and is expected to be further impacted by the coronavirus crisis, the airline said.
The company said it had undertaken a comprehensive review of the routes, and on Thursday confirmed it would halt service on the Sydney-Hong Kong route on March 2.
In November, the airline proposed the suspension of the Melbourne-Hong Kong route due to financial losses, and confirmed the last flight took place on February 11.