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Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 10:46
Cathay Pacific to close crew base in Toronto as part of revamp
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 10:46 By Bloomberg

In this photo taken on Aug 7, 2018, Cathay Pacific Airways passenger jets are seen on the tarmac at Hong Kong's international airport. (ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. is closing its cabin crew base in Toronto as part of a business review, potentially affecting 120 workers in the Canadian city.

The Hong Kong-based airline is talking with the union to explore options for the employees, including opportunities in other locations, it said Tuesday in an emailed response to a report in the South China Morning Post. The company currently doesn’t have plans to close other bases outside Hong Kong, it said.

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Cathay Pacific is in the final year of a transformation program that started in 2017 after fierce competition from Chinese mainland airlines and low-cost carriers led to losses in two consecutive years. The Hong Kong-based company is seeking to reduce HK$4 billion (US$510 million) in expenses after cutting 600 jobs at its main office and added more seats on some of its aircraft.

Last year, Cathay Pacific offered a voluntary early retirement package to employees in Japan and completed a “comprehensive review” of its regional structure including Northeast Asia. It plans to recruit more than 1,000 cabin crew in Hong Kong this year, the company said.

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The airline is offering flights to more destinations and improved in-flight meal services in efforts to lure customers.

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