Cathay Pacific to comply with Hong Kong investigations into COVID-19 outbreak

The city tightened quarantine rules for air crew after the outbreak, leading the airline to cancel most of its planned passenger and cargo flights in January.Cathay will operate about 20 per cent of its pre-pandemic cargo capacity and around 2 per cent of its pre-pandemic passenger flight capacity this month. The airline had been struggling to crew many flights even before the rules were tightened as some destinations relied on pilots volunteering to fly punishing rosters involving five weeks locked in hotel rooms. Healy said crew had collectively spent 62,000 nights in quarantine hotels in 2021, with none contracting COVID-19 in the first eight months of the year. All are fully vaccinated. Cases, however, had risen since the emergence of the Omicron variant with 11 crew contracting the variant in December, he said in the video to staff that was first reported by Bloomberg.

Cathay Pacific to comply with Hong Kong investigations into COVID-19 outbreak

The city tightened quarantine rules for air crew after the outbreak, leading the airline to cancel most of its planned passenger and cargo flights in January.

Cathay will operate about 20 per cent of its pre-pandemic cargo capacity and around 2 per cent of its pre-pandemic passenger flight capacity this month.

The airline had been struggling to crew many flights even before the rules were tightened as some destinations relied on pilots volunteering to fly punishing rosters involving five weeks locked in hotel rooms.

Healy said crew had collectively spent 62,000 nights in quarantine hotels in 2021, with none contracting COVID-19 in the first eight months of the year. All are fully vaccinated.

Cases, however, had risen since the emergence of the Omicron variant with 11 crew contracting the variant in December, he said in the video to staff that was first reported by Bloomberg.