China’s civil aviation authority has ordered a flight ban on staff at Hong Kong’s biggest airline who took part in the protests sweeping the former British colony.
Any employees of Cathay Pacific Airways who supported and joined the recent protests in the city are to be suspended from duty on flights to the mainland, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement on Friday evening. The suspension takes effect on Saturday.
The authority also requires the airline to submit information of crew members on all flights to the mainland for verification from Sunday, as well as a plan for boosting internal control and aviation by August 15. CAAC will supervise Cathay’s implementation of the new requirements.
Cathay was already one of the latest to say its business was taking a hit in the economic fallout from the protests. Ticket sales had dipped as fewer people took Cathay flights into Hong Kong in July, and the demonstrations are hurting future bookings as well, the flagship carrier of Asia’s financial hub said Wednesday.
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