BEIJING — Hong Kong flag service Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd mentioned on Saturday it had suspended a pilot arrested throughout anti-government protests in Hong Kong and that “overly radical” workers could be barred from crewing flights to the mainland.
The transfer adopted China’s aviation regulator demanding the airline forestall workers concerned in among the protests in Hong Kong from working flights to China, describing it as a security situation.
The broadside poses a significant business problem to Cathay, which already reported tumbling bookings final week on account of the anti-government protests gripping Hong Kong.
The airline mentioned on Saturday in response to buyer queries that the pilot had been faraway from duties on July 30 “in step with our customary course of” and had not flown since July 15.
“We specific no view in anyway on the subject material of any proceedings to which he could also be topic,” the corporate added in a press release.
For the previous two months Hong Kong has been embroiled in more and more violent anti-government avenue protests, which a Chinese language official described final week as the best disaster since its return from British to Chinese language rule in 1997.
The Cathay pilot, whom the corporate didn’t identify, was amongst over 40 folks charged with rioting, throughout clashes with police close to Beijing’s predominant consultant workplace within the metropolis.
In a separate memo on Saturday, Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg instructed workers that with a view to adjust to the brand new regulatory calls for it could not permit any crew supporting protests in Hong Kong to workers flights to the mainland from midnight on Aug. 10.
“Cathay Pacific Group workers who help or participate in unlawful protests, violent actions, or overly radical conduct shall be instantly suspended from any exercise involving flights to the mainland,” he mentioned.
The memo added that the airline would submit identification particulars of all crews flying to or over mainland China to authorities there for approval.
“Cathay Pacific Group’s operations in mainland China are key to our enterprise,” he mentioned.
(Reporting by Stella Qiu in Beijing Writing by Tom Westbrook Enhancing by Stephen Powell)