Date
28 March 2017
A much-delayed air traffic control system is expected to be up and running in October or November. Hong Kong aviation authorities want airlines to cut their scheduled flights by 10 percent to ensure a smooth transition. Photo: Internet
A much-delayed air traffic control system is expected to be up and running in October or November. Hong Kong aviation authorities want airlines to cut their scheduled flights by 10 percent to ensure a smooth transition. Photo: Internet

Cathay weighs unpaid leave during new system launch

Cathay Pacific may offer ground staff short unpaid leave when a new air traffic control system becomes operational.

RTHK is reporting that Hong Kong aviation authorities have asked airlines to reduce scheduled flights by 10 percent in October or November to ensure a smooth transition when the system comes on stream.

“The option of providing the opportunity for some airport ground staff who would like to take voluntary unpaid leave as a lifestyle choice is being considered,” a Cathay spokeswoman told RTHK.

She said the unpaid leave slots on offer will be limited.

It’s unclear whether flight attendants and pilots would be asked to do the same.

Dora Lai, chairwoman of the Flight Attendants Union, said she has not heard about the idea but that she will not object as long as it’s voluntary.

However, she said she is worried that the cut in flights will have an impact on her members. About 60 percent of cabin crew are paid by the hour.

Lai said this may also put them at a disadvantage during the year-end salary negotiations.

The union representing pilots said it has not heard about the plan.

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