Cathay distances itself from flight attendants' stance

Top News | Tereza Cai 13 Nov 2019

Cathay Pacific says all statements made by its union of flight attendants and those from workers at its subsidiary Dragon Airlines are not endorsed by the company and should not in any way be construed as representative of its views.

The Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union and the Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association said in Facebook posts that they strongly condemned the government and the police force for failing in their primary duties to guarantee the safety of citizens.

The union claimed that numerous incidents of police deploying reckless and indiscriminate tactics have taken place in different districts.

Cathay said the union and association are entirely independent of the company and are not governed or managed by the company and stressed its position remains unchanged.

"We are deeply concerned by the ongoing violence and disruption impacting Hong Kong," Cathay said.

"We resolutely support the government, the chief executive and the police in their efforts to restore law and order.

"We condemn all illegal activities and violent behavior, which seriously undermine the fundamental principle of one country, two systems as enshrined in the Basic Law.

"We must act now to stop the violence and preserve the stability, peace and prosperity of Hong Kong."

The group, embattled in the months-long protests, in August saw its chief executive, Rupert Hogg, and its chief customer and commercial officer, Paul Loo Kar-pui, resign.

That was a week after the carrier was rebuked by China for staff involvement in the anti-Beijing protests.

The group's shares have fallen 18.11 percent from a high of HK$12.26 on July 17 to HK$10.04 yesterday.

With the city's tourism industry bearing the brunt of the protests, Cathay and Dragon saw the total carried passengers, cargo and mail in September drop from a year ago.

It expected the second-half performance, which is normally better, to be worse than its first half.

"Our expectation is that the rest of 2019 will remain incredibly challenging for the airline," chief customer and commercial officer Ronald Lam said.

In another clarification, Best Mart 360 posted on its Facebook account that 72 outlets had been attacked a total of 182 times by Monday.

It stressed that it has never supported violence. That was in response to an online accusation that the company was involved with gangs.

tereza.cai@singtaonewscorp.com

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