CNN reported that some pilots working with Cathay Pacific, the national carrier of Hong Kong, have reached the breaking point.
The company is currently grappling with low morale among its pilots, a high level of resignations and growing frustration among employees, who are subject to strict quarantine procedures.
“Everyone’s morale is gone, everyone is angry,” said a pilot, who declined to be named.
And Cathay Pacific, like other airlines, was hit hard in 2020 by the Corona pandemic, as it was forced to stop 99 percent of its flights.
The challenges facing the company were even greater, because it is based in Hong Kong, where restrictions are very tight.
Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland have so far adopted the “zero COVID-19” strategy, and these are the last places in Asia to adopt this strategy.
It means insisting that the city remain free of Corona The quarantine is the longest on earth, and the new mutant “Omicron” threatens to tighten the already strict measures in Hong Kong.
A pilot in the company told CNN that 4 of his fellow pilots resigned on the same day, noting that the resignations are very large compared to previous years.
He added that “many” colleagues had sought psychiatric help.
In response to the pilots’ complaints, the company said, “It is fully aware that these strict rules and the length of time they are in place place great burdens on our aircrew, who were distinguished in their behavior and professionalism during this difficult period.”
Because of Hong Kong’s strict restrictions, Swiss airlines suspended flights to this city, as a result of tightening restrictions imposed on crew arriving at the airport there.
Since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, Cathay Pacific has adopted a “closed-loop travel” strategy, especially for countries that Hong Kong classifies as “high risk”, such as the United States and India.
This means that pilots who fly flights for several weeks cannot exit hotel rooms in the destinations they arrive at, and upon return are subject to quarantine in Hong Kong for two weeks.
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