(Reuters) – Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd stated on Thursday that each one Hong Kong-based pilots and flight attendants would should be vaccinated towards COVID-19 by Aug. 31 or danger shedding their jobs, in one of many airline business’s hardest insurance policies.
Cathay stated it had struggled with workers rostering as a result of Hong Kong’s strict quarantine guidelines on return which were loosened for crew which were vaccinated. There are additionally necessities that solely totally vaccinated crews can function to sure high-risk locations and on quarantine-free “bubble” flights.
Hong Kong has a surplus of unused vaccines and among the pictures are about to run out, metropolis authorities have stated.
Cathay stated 90% of pilots and greater than 65% of cabin crew had been vaccinated already, or had appointments for vaccinations, following a earlier warning that vaccination was extremely prone to develop into obligatory.
“We perceive there shall be some who can’t take a vaccine and we’ll look into accommodating them on a short-term foundation the place we are able to,” the airline stated in an announcement.
“Nevertheless, we’ll assessment the longer term employment of those that are unable to develop into vaccinated and assess whether or not they can proceed to be employed as aircrew with Cathay Pacific.”
Cathay’s new coverage was first reported by the South China Morning Put up and comes amid various business approaches to crew vaccinations.
United Airways Holdings Inc stated on Tuesday it will mandate full vaccination for crew members flying to international locations with excessive COVID-19 instances at the start of August, whereas Delta Air Strains Inc final month stated all new hires must be vaccinated.
Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd has stated it would require all passengers and crew to be vaccinated when the nation’s borders reopen to widespread worldwide journey.
Emirates has supplied workers with free vaccines since January, and later advised workers they needed to get vaccinated or pay for normal assessments to show they don’t seem to be contaminated.
(Reporting by Jamie Freed in Sydney; Modifying by Kenneth Maxwell)
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