Cathay Pacific airline fires three pilots with Covid-19 for ‘serious breach’


The Hong Kong airline said in a statement that an internal investigation had found that the pilots were involved in a “serious breach” of Covid-19 procedures during “overseas layovers.”

“After investigation into these cases, regrettably, the findings indicate a serious breach of requirements during crew overseas layovers,” the statement said. “The individuals concerned are no longer employed by Cathay Pacific,” the statement said.

Cathay did not provide detailed descriptions of what the “serious breach” entailed.

The airline said it was continuing to review company protocols in the wake of the incident.

“The safety and well being of our customers, employees and the community remain our absolute priority,” it said.

‘Deeply regretful’

Cathay Pacific insisted the incident was “isolated.”

“Our aircrew have been keeping our business operating and Hong Kong connected to the world throughout the pandemic,” it said.

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“The professionalism, compliance and resilience of all our employees in upholding safe operations throughout this period has been exceptional and we believe these cases are isolated incidents.”

Hong Kong’s Transport and Housing Bureau described the breach as “deeply regretful.”

In a statement, the government body urged airlines to “strictly comply with the anti-epidemic regulatory requirements to prevent further incidents.

— CNN’s Wayne Chang and Pauline Lockwood contributed to this story.

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