Cathay Pacific chief Rupert Hogg exits

Business | 16 Aug 2019 5:17 pm

Cathay Pacific Airways chief executive Rupert Hogg has resigned, days after the airline faced a backlash from China's civil aviation regulator over crew involvement, including two pilots, in protests.

In a statement, the airline says Hogg has resigned to take responsibility as a leader of the company in view of recent events.

Augustus Tang Kin-wing, 60, who has been a director and chief executive of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO) since October 2008 and November 2008 respectively, will succeed Hogg as chief executive. Swire Group in 1982.

Hogg assumed the CEO role on May 1, 2017. He is also director of John Swire & Sons (HK) Limited and Air China Cargo Company. He was previously the director of sales and marketing and then chief operating officer in March 2014. He joined the Swire group in 1986.

Cathay Pacific sacked two pilots and two airport employees for being associated with protests.

On Tuesday, the majority shareholder, Swire Pacific, formally condemned the protester violence and declared its support for the Carrie Lam administration as well as the police. 

A statement said that Swire Pacific “is deeply concerned by the ongoing violence and disruption impacting Hong Kong. We resolutely support the Hong Kong SAR government, the chief executive and the police in their efforts to restore law and order. We condemn all illegal activities and violent behaviour, which seriously undermine the fundamental principle of one country, two systems as enshrined in the Basic Law.”

This came after the Civil Aviation Administration of China prohibited Cathay Pacific crew involved in protests from flights in and out of the mainland. 

The regulator ordered Cathay Pacific to submit  details of all aircrew operating on mainland flights in mainland airspace. Flights without approved crew were prohibited from China's airspace.


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