Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific asks 27,000 staff to take unpaid leave

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  • Wednesday, 05 Feb 2020

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's flagship carrier Cathay Pacific is asking its 27,000 employees to take up to three weeks of unpaid leave, CEO Augustus Tang said on Wednesday (Feb 5), as the airline faces a crisis in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak.

"I am hoping all of you will participate, from our frontline employees to our senior leaders, and to share in our current challenges," Mr Tang said in a video message posted online.

On Tuesday, the carrier said it planned to cut about 30 per cent of capacity over the next two months, including about 90 per cent of flights to mainland China, Reuters reported.

It has already been hard hit by months of anti-government protests in the city that have put a significant dent in its revenue as people avoid the Asian financial hub.

As of Wednesday, the coronavirus, which is thought to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has claimed almost 500 lives and infected more than 24,500 people worldwide.

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