Hong Kong low-cost carrier HK Express will not resume flights until the first week of August, over three weeks later than previously announced.

The airline, which was purchased by Cathay Pacific Airways in July 2019, planned to resume flights on 11 July, but said yesterday it will postpone the resumption to 2 August.

The decision is “in response to the travel restrictions imposed by governments around Asia-Pacific due to the on-going Covid-19 situation”, HK Express said.

“Subject to market developments, the airline plans to gradually resume flight operations from 2 August 2020 onwards, while schedule adjustments will also be made to the network.”

HK Express first announced it was temporarily suspending all flights operations on 20 March. That suspension, which was supposed to be “on a short-term basis”, lasted from 23 March until 30 April 2020.

The airline then extended the flight suspension until 18 June, saying it would resume operations on 19 June “subject to the development of the situation”. It continued to sell tickets for flights from 19 June onward.

Cirium fleets data show HK Express has 25 aircraft in storage, including nine Airbus A320s, five A320neos and 11 A321s. Its biggest lessor by number of aircraft is China’s Bocomm Leasing, which leases 10 A321s and one A320 to HK Express.