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Hong Kong Airlines to hire 1,000 new pilots, cabin crew, ground staff

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By the end of 2023, Hong Kong Airlines plans to add 1,000 more employees to its pilot, cabin crew, and ground personnel workforces, citing the “rapid recovery of air travel demand in sight.”

In a statement issued on January 12, 2023, Hong Kong Airlines stated that by the end of the year, it intended to run at roughly 75% of its pre-pandemic capacity. The Hong Kong-based carrier also predicted that by the middle of 2024, capacity would rebound to 100% of pre-pandemic levels.

The outlook also took into account China reopening the border to international air travel, which “will definitely be the next market to contribute significantly to [the airline’s, ed.-] travel recovery efforts,” Hong Kong Airlines chairman Hou Wei said.

“We have leveraged every travel recovery opportunity over the past few months amidst unprecedented pent-up demand, and we continue to see positive business growth, particularly from the Japanese markets,” Hou Wei added.

“The carrier expects to increase its flight operations to 30 sectors per day by January 2023, reaching 30% of those at pre-pandemic levels; flying to 15 regional destinations including Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa, Sapporo, Seoul, Bangkok, Manila, Hanoi, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Chengdu, and Haikou, which is 50% of the operation level before the pandemic,” Hong Kong Airlines explained

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