Cathay Pacific Airways’ handover of crew details ‘satisfies mainland Chinese regulator’

16-Aug-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Cathay Pacific Airways’ handover of details on crew working in mainland airspace has met the requirements of China’s aviation regulator, a senior official has said, as the deadline neared for the carrier to submit plans for boosting safety and security.

Gu Xiaohong from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) told a press conference on Thursday the submission had satisfied warning requirements.

However, the carrier did not clarify what information it had submitted in response to the three demands the CAAC stipulated last Friday.

“Cathay Pacific has submitted the report to the CAAC as required. We strictly abide by the rules and regulations of all regulators that have jurisdiction over us,” a spokeswoman for the airline said.

Apart from submitting a detailed plan by Thursday on how it would step up internal safety and security controls, other unprecedented requests included the airline submitting aircrew lists for Cathay flights entering Chinese airspace for approval. Flights that did not go through the procedure would be barred from mainland airspace.

It was unclear whether Hong Kong’s flagship airline would release details on the strengthening of its internal processes, but more details were likely to emerge from the company and regulator on Thursday.

Cathay Pacific has come under enormous pressure from the regulator, which banned any airline employees who took part in illegal protests from operating flights in mainland airspace.

Threatened with losing the right to fly to and over the mainland, Cathay has cracked down hard on staff.

The airline sacked four employees in protest-related dismissals. CEO Rupert Hogg threatened to sack any employee who actively supported the protest movement, including taking part in the illegal airport demonstrations.


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