Covid-19: Omicron confirmed in community, as Chief Exec. Lam summons Cathay chief after crew accused of quarantine violations


Airline Cathay Pacific announced the immediate suspension of all long-haul cargo flights and cargo-only passenger flights on Thursday as the authorities ramped up Covid-19 quarantine measures for aircrew. The move comes after local Omicron cases were found in the community, with a possible connection to a crew member accused of flouting quarantine restrictions.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam summoned the chairperson and the CEO of Cathay on Friday morning to “express strong discontent” over quarantine rules being broken, Secretary of Food and Health Sophia Chan said at a press conference in the afternoon. Lam ordered the chairperson to personally review the matter and explain to the public.

Cathay Pacific. Photo: GovHK.

Cathay’s suspension lasts for seven days, until January 6, and affects trans-Pacific, European, Southwest Pacific, Riyadh and Dubai cargo flights.