BUSINESS Hong Kong Airlines to cut 250 jobs amid COVID-19

BUSINESS

Hong Kong Airlines to cut 250 jobs amid COVID-19

Xinhua

16:34, December 11, 2020

HONG KONG, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong Airlines said on Friday that it is making some 250 flight attendants redundant due to the prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business.

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"Hong Kong Airlines has been compelled to adjust our operations significantly in the past year due to travel restrictions. These ongoing adjustments have not only drastically affected our revenue but also reduce our operating crew and staffing requirements in the foreseeable future," the company said in a statement.

As regards the affected cabin crew, the airline said it will offer them a compensation package in full compliance with the employee's conditions of service and local labor law.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit global aviation, and Hong Kong is no exception. Since the beginning this year, Hong Kong-based airlines have announced reduction of flight capacity, overseas cabin crew bases shutdown, or wage cuts for their workers.

Before Hong Kong Airlines' job cut, Hong Kong's flag airline Cathay Pacific decided on Oct. 21 to eliminate about 8,500 job positions and cease the operations of Cathay Dragon, a wholly-owned subsidiary airline of the Cathay Pacific.

Born in 2006, the Hong Kong Airlines mainly provides flight and cargo services for Hong Kong and other Asian cities.

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