Cathay Pacific Airways resumes flights to Anchorage

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly six months after it stopped landing in Anchorage, Cathay Pacific Airways has resumed 14 passenger flights a week through the city on trips between Hong Kong and Toronto.

The Hong Kong-based carrier stopped refueling in Anchorage soon after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because of tighter security rules that caused delays for foreign airlines.

Cathay and three other carriers said the rules added several hours to layovers. Cathay began to refuel in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Some security rules have been revised to offer airlines a break from baggage inspections on flights that pass through Anchorage on their way to Canada, and Cathay is resuming its flights, airport officials said.

Other international carriers still face extra security and delays because they fly between Asia and the United States.

Korean Air continues to land in Anchorage six times a week. China Airlines and Asiana are flying directly from Asia to New York on their 12 flights a week. The carriers do still land in Anchorage on the return trip, said Linda Close, airport marketing director.

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