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Cathay Pacific expects H2 loss to be 'significantly higher' than in H1

SYDNEY, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said on Wednesday it expects a “significantly higher” second-half loss than its record first-half loss, driven by low demand, restructuring charges and impairments on its fleet of planes.

The airline reported a HK$9.87 billion ($1.27 billion) loss in the first half due to the pandemic. Analysts had forecast the airline would report a full-year loss averaging HK$18.3 billion before the announcement, according to 13 polled by Refinitiv.

Its previous annual record loss was HK$8.7 billion in 2008, during the global financial crisis. ($1 = 7.7525 Hong Kong dollars) (Reporting by Jamie Freed, editing by Louise Heavens)

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