Some sources report that the Chinese aviation regulator is hindering the merger of Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways with the local division of Cathay Dragon in one brand. The reason was violations during last year’s protests against democracy.
Anonymous sources indicate the airline’s desire to reduce costs, improve marketing, and connect Cathay Pacific pilot contracts with HK Express.
This is happening at Rival Singapore Airlines with the regional SilkAir and budget Scoot.
However, the China Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) sees these actions as an extension and may ban Cathay from accessing 20 mainland routes used only by Dragon.
Cathay Pacific flies mainly to Beijing and Shanghai, while Dragon destinations consist of smaller cities such as Fuzhou and Nanjing.
The Chinese aviation regulator began testing Cathay Pacific’s planes last fall more strongly. This could be a warning that the government does not like the participation of employees in anti-government protests in Hong Kong. As a sanction, they will block access to mainland destinations and even to Chinese airspace.
Cathay CEO resigned, while the company scored enough points for some violations of strict CAAC legislation. Now the regulator has the right to reject the application for expanding the flight map and adding new aircraft, including Dragon.
According to the rules, six fines received mean that the company will only be able to obtain the necessary permits in a year.