United Airlines to record $90 million charge related to Hong Kong routes

FILE PHOTO: A United Airlines passenger jet taxis at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, U.S. December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

(Reuters) - United Airlines Holdings Inc UAL.O said on Tuesday it expects a non-cash impairment charge of $90 million in the fourth quarter related to its Hong Kong routes, following anti-government protests in the city.

The Hong Kong protests escalated in June over a now-withdrawn extradition bill, but have since developed into a broader movement.

"Due to a decrease in demand for the Hong Kong market and the resulting decrease in unit revenue, the company determined that the value of its Hong Kong routes had been fully impaired," the U.S. carrier said. (

Several airlines including India's SpiceJet Ltd SPJT.NS, Malaysia's AirAsia Group Bhd AIRA.KL, South Korea's JejuAir Co Ltd 089590.KS reduced the number of flights to the city in the fourth quarter as the protests grew increasingly violent, disrupting daily life. (

Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta