Cathay Pacific has announced further cuts to its long-haul schedule for April, with 97% of planned passenger capacity now scrapped.

The carrier had already announced on 20 March that it was reducing capacity by 96% for April and May.

As part of what it terms a “bare skeleton” schedule, the airline will now operate twice-weekly services to London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Sydney, it said in a 3 April travel advisory. It had previously intended to fly to these destinations three times a week as part of a reduced schedule.

The latest update indicates the carrier will fly three times a week to eight regional destinations, namely Tokyo Narita, Taipei, New Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore.

Subsidiary Cathay Dragon will operate three flights a week to Beijing, Shanghai Pudong and Kuala Lumpur.

“We will continue to monitor these flights closely and may make further reductions if necessary,” the carrier states.

In a recent memo to staff, cited by various media outlets, Cathay said demand had collapsed to the point where it carried just 582 passengers one day, compared to its usual daily traffic of 100,000.