Hong Kong Airlines promises wages for cabin crew, delays pay to others

Local | 29 Nov 2019 10:55 am

Troubled carrier, Hong Kong Airlines which has admitted cash flow problems, delayed salaries for much of its staff, saying business has been “severely affected” by social unrest and sustained weak travel demand.

Only cabin crew and overseas employees will receive their November wages on time, while all other Hong Kong-based workers will be paid on December 6, the airline said in a statement today.

“This one-off salary arrangement does not impact our daily operation,” unlisted Hong Kong Airlines said in its statement. “Our staff remains professional and are committed to delivering a safe and smooth service to all our customers.”

It said revenue dipped significantly in November — a low travel season — and impacted the monthly payroll.

Cathay Pacific Airways has also been one of the most high-profile business casualties, issuing profit warnings and coming under fire from the Chinese government as well as protesters.

Singapore Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Virgin Australia Holdings have all all cut flights to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Airlines had cut some operations earlier this month and plans to cancel Los Angeles-bound flights from February. That was after a Hong Kong Transport and Housing Bureau review said the airline’s finances were a matter of concern and called for immediate steps to improve the situation.

In late october, the Air Transport Licensing Authority ordfered the carrier to act immediately to “effectively improve its financial situation.”-Bloomberg/The Standard 

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