Cathay Pacific fires three pilots for catching Covid-19 during a layover

Cathay Pacific fires three pilots for catching Covid-19 during a layover | Secret Flying

Trio fired for reportedly leaving hotel room.


Cathay Pacific said it has fired three cargo pilots who were infected with Covid-19 during a layover in Frankfurt, citing an unspecified “serious breach” of crew rules while overseas.


According to the South China Morning Post, the pilots were suspected of leaving their hotel rooms in Germany.


The infections the three pilots contracted reportedly led to more than 150 other employees, as well as many household members and community contacts, being sent to a government quarantine facility for three weeks.


Cathay requested the Hong Kong government review the decision to place certain groups into quarantine, arguing the disruption to its operations was too high.


Hong Kong is pursuing a “zero-Covid” strategy, and has enforced strict immigration and quarantine rules.


In a statement on Thursday, Cathay Pacific confirmed the trios dismissal.


“After investigation into these cases, regrettably, the findings indicate a serious breach of requirements during crew overseas layovers,” an airline spokesperson said.


“The individuals concerned are no longer employed by Cathay Pacific.”


The Hong-Kong-based carrier said October operations were only at 10% of the pre-pandemic passenger capacity, posting a 97.2% decline in passenger numbers from 2019.


However, cargo demand has been far more robust and the airline achieved close to operating cash break-even for the period from July to October.