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Cathay Pilots Being Offered Extra Pay for Flights to China

Crew and airlines routinely experience hours-long delays after arriving at Chinese airports and extended waits to return to Hong Kong as health officials take samples from the plane. In some destinations like Chengdu, crews must wear protective bodysuits while in-flight.

Crew and airlines routinely experience hours-long delays after arriving at Chinese airports and extended waits to return to Hong Kong as health officials take samples from the plane. In some destinations like Chengdu, crews must wear protective bodysuits while in-flight.

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Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. is dangling allowances of up to HK$5,000 ($640) a flight as a sweetener for pilots rostered on to fly in and out of mainland China, with ongoing Covid-19 curbs making it less appealing to work those routes.

The Hong Kong-based airline’s dedicated Chinese mainland operations have “been particularly onerous,” the company acknowledged in a memo that was distributed to pilots on Thursday and viewed by Bloomberg News. Cathay confirmed the contents of the memo.