HK Airlines' spirits up despite power moves

Top News | Sophie Hui 20 Dec 2018

Concerns over resignations of Hong Kong Airlines executives have not dampened the holiday spirits or raised fears of disruptions.

Former police commissioner Tang King-shing, who joined the company two years ago, resigned as vice chairman of the board of directors on November 20, the airline confirmed.

"The management changes have no impact on our business and we will operate as normal to achieve greater success for Hong Kong Airlines," it said.

Four other directors have resigned since July, including board co-chairman Mung Kin-keung.

Chief financial officer Jacky Lui Jiaqi and chairman Zhang Kui have also reportedly left.

According to the airline's website, there are five members in senior management including chairman Hou Wei, president Wang Liya, vice presidents Vitoo Zhan Xuewei and Ben Wong Ching-ho and chief marketing officer George Liu Jiang.

The tourism industry does not expect travelers to be affected. Alice Chan Cheung Lok-yee, executive director of the Travel Industry Council, said she is not worried that flights will be affected over Christmas.

"There are always changes in senior management. Such changes do not affect sales of tickets or operation of travel agencies, and flight services also remain normal," she said.

An Airport Authority spokeswoman said it did not receive any notice from Hong Kong Airlines that it would cancel flights over the holidays.

Carol Ng Man-yee from the Hong Kong Cabin Crew Federation said she did not receive any request for help from employees so far. But she said there has been rumors the company has been in financial difficulties for a while and the resignations may suggest a looming crisis.

The staffing changes are reminiscent of flight cancellations by Hong Kong Express last year. The airline scrapped 18 flights from Hong Kong to Osaka, Nagoya and Seoul during the National Day holiday after training instructors resigned, affecting more than 3,000 passengers.

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