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Hong Kong Airlines crisis shows city must reform aviation policy, says Qantas boss

12/30/2019| 11:25:54 AM|

To make Hong Kong aviation a level playing field, the slot allocation should be reviewed while factoring in Hong Kong’s uniqueness.

The near-collapse of Hong Kong Airlines highlights the need to reform the city’s aviation policy, a top airline chief has said.

In the wake of the carrier’s last-minute bailout by its Chinese owners, Alan Joyce, the Qantas CEO, said reforms were needed to create a “level playing field” in Hong Kong, where Cathay Pacific is seen as having an unfair advantage.

Qantas had its fingers burnt by the city’s Air Licensing Transport Authority in 2015 when its budget airline, Jetstar Hong Kong, was denied a license by the authority, which also determined the fate of Hong Kong Airlines, the only local competitor to Cathay.

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