Hong Kong Airlines delays salaries as protests put carrier into financial difficulty

Hong Kong Airlines cannot pay half of its employees as protests have “severely affected” the carrier.

 

Hong Kong Airlines is reportedly fighting to survive after it was revealed it could not afford to pay all staff salaries for November.

 

The airline is delaying salaries for 45% of its employees, as “revenue dipped significantly” this month.

 

The carrier also announced further route cuts, including ceasing all flights to North America.

 

According to the Air Transport Licensing Authority, Hong Kong Airlines had been in deep financial trouble “for a long period of time.”

 

Anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong have only made it worse.

 

The government has reportedly taken contingency measures for the busy Christmas travel period should the airline collapse.

 

Other airlines are being asked to absorb stranded passengers in that event.