“After investigating these cases, unfortunately, the findings point to a serious breach of requirements during the crew’s overseas stopovers,” the statement said. “The individuals involved are no longer employed by Cathay Pacific,” the statement said.
Cathay did not provide detailed descriptions of what the “serious infringement” entailed.
The airline said it would continue to review business protocols after the incident.
“The safety and well-being of our customers, employees and the community remains our absolute priority,” the statement said.
Cathay Pacific insisted the incident was “isolated.”
“Our flight crew has kept our business going and connecting Hong Kong to the world during the pandemic,” it said.
“The professionalism, compliance and resilience of all our employees in maintaining safe operations during this time has been exceptional and we believe these cases are isolated incidents.”
The Hong Kong’s Transport and Housing Bureau described the breach as “deeply regrettable”.
In a statement, the government body urged airlines to “strictly comply with anti-epidemic regulations to prevent further incidents.
— Wayne Chang and Pauline Lockwood of CNN contributed to this story.