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Cathay Pacific cancels hundreds of passenger flights because crew refuse to quarantine

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Within the run as much as Christmas, considered one of Asia’s main airways is being compelled to transform a few of its scheduled passenger providers into cargo-only flights.

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Cathay Pacific is telling 1000’s of passengers heading for Hong Kong that their flights have been grounded. The explanation: not sufficient crew are ready to simply accept the territory’s onerous quarantine guidelines.

The Hong Kong authorities is striving for a “Covid-Zero” file within the hope that the border with mainland China can reopen.

Cathay Pacific has requested cabin crew and pilots to volunteer for a “closed loop” system wherein they work for 3 weeks, throughout which they keep solely briefly in Hong Kong in a particular remoted lodge, earlier than a two-week quarantine on their return.

It’s believed there are inadequate cabin crew volunteers to function the deliberate schedule as a result of they don’t wish to be away from their households at Christmas.

Because of this, on some spherical journeys the obtainable cabin crew will work on outbound flights – however return as passengers inbound.

The consequence is that the planes can carry freight however not paying passengers.

A spokesperson for Cathay Pacific stated: “The operational and journey restrictions that stay in place proceed to constrain our potential to function flights as deliberate.

“We’re consolidating our passenger flight schedule for December 2021, together with cancelling a variety of flights to Hong Kong.

“We will probably be speaking with affected prospects over the approaching days, and can endeavour to rearrange various bookings on flights arriving on the identical day as their initially scheduled flights in order to minimise disruptions to their journeys.

“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience brought on to our prospects as they journey forward of the festive season, and we admire their understanding.

“As the house service of Hong Kong, we’re totally dedicated to defending and enhancing Hong Kong’s aviation hub standing and to preserving the movement of individuals and cargo between Hong Kong and the remainder of the world shifting regardless of the difficult circumstances offered by the pandemic.”

Three Cathay Pacific cargo pilots just lately examined optimistic for coronavirus after arriving from Frankfurt.

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