Cathay Pacific is closing a second cabin-crew base in Canada within the last two years.

In a new development, Cathay Pacific will close its Vancouver cabin crew base, affecting 150 employees of the Hong Kong-based airline as part of an ongoing business review.

“As part of our ongoing business review, we have made the decision to close down our Vancouver cabin crew base,” Cathay said in a statement. “We are communicating with the union.”

This decision is the second North American-cabin crew base the airline has closed in Canada, following the closure of its Toronto base in 2019.

Due to the decreased travel demand due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the airline has asked staff to take unpaid leave. In 2019, travel demand to Hong Kong was heavily affected by the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.


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