Cathay sacks two pilots over HK protests

August 15, 2019 10:37
Cathay Pacific has come under pressure from Chinese authorities to crack down on staff involved in the anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific Airways has confirmed that it has fired two pilots who were earlier suspended over their involvement in the ongoing Hong Kong protests, RTHK reports.

One pilot had been charged with rioting at a demonstration in Sheung Wan last month, while another is alleged to have misused flight information on Monday.

Two ground personnel have already been fired for similar reasons, the report noted.

China’s aviation regulator demanded last week that Cathay suspend personnel supporting Hong Kong protests from staffing flights that enter mainland Chinese airspace

On Wednesday, Cathay issued a statement condemning the Hong Kong airport protests, saying that 55,000 of its passengers had been stranded worldwide.

According to the Hong Kong flag-carrier, 272 of its departures and arrivals were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday, Reuters reported.

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