Cathay Pacific sacks two aircrew for breaching COVID-19 guidelines By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-900 approaches landing at Changi International Airport in Singapore on June 10, 2018. REUTERS / Tim Chong

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong flagship airline Cathay Pacific Airways (OTC 🙂 said on Saturday that two of its flight crews who tested positive for the Omicron variant were sacked for violating medical surveillance regulations.

Cathay said five of its flight crews tested positive on duty on their return to Hong Kong and the investigation into the cases has indicated a serious violation of the protocols by some of those people.

“Failure to comply with medical surveillance regulations will result in disciplinary proceedings. Two of the people are no longer employed by Cathay Pacific, “the airline said in a statement. There were no further details. The regulations call for you to be quarantined at home for a while after the flight.

“The actions of these people are extremely disappointing as they undermine the otherwise exemplary commitment and compliance of our 10,000+ flight crews,” said Cathay, adding that health officials are working closely to strengthen public health protection.

Hong Kong health officials said Friday the Omicron variant of the coronavirus had overcome some of the toughest COVID-19 restrictions in the world, and the city reported its first cases outside of its strict quarantine system.

The government announced on Saturday that it is investigating eight more Omicron cases. (https: //

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