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Cathay Asks Staff to Take Unpaid Leave as Virus Adds to Woes

Cathay Pacific Airways cabin crew in San Francisco on Jan. 28.

Cathay Pacific Airways cabin crew in San Francisco on Jan. 28.

Photographer: Yichuan Cao/Getty Images

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. asked employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave as the Hong Kong airline is cutting capacity because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The airline requested all employees to participate in a leave program taking place from March 1 to June 30, it said in a emailed statement Wednesday. Cathay had about 26,700 workers in Hong Kong as of end-June.