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Cathay Plans to Hire Hundreds of Pilots as Morale Falls

  • Hong Kong’s tight quarantine rules have taken a toll on crew
  • Cathay Pacific to restart Cadet Pilot Programme in early 2022
Cathay Pacific Aircraft At Hong Kong International Airport As Airline Reports Earnings Results
Photographer: Kyle Lam/Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. plans to hire hundreds of pilots next year, amid reports of a rising number of resignations as Hong Kong’s Covid policies severely constrain manpower and weigh on morale at the airline. 

“We plan to employ several hundred pilots in the coming year, many of whom have already expressed an interest in being part of the Cathay brand,” a spokesperson for the airline said in a statement Friday, without providing details of current headcount.