Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Cathay Pacific is taking drastic measures to lay off more than 300 employees in the United States.

The Hong Kong airline plans to leave 72 pilots in the UK and 129 pilots in Australia.

Cathay has suspended almost all services as operations have been reduced from 120 flights a week to the USA to just 2 flights a week.

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After the Vancouver base shutdown in March, killing 147 people, the company decided to lay off 287 workers from their bases in New York.

The airline experienced a decline in business. U.S. cabin crew tried to band together for pay increases and better working conditions in 2017, but the airline retaliated by stopping pension contributions. Now the airline expects at least 1 percent of its normal traffic.

The Hong Kong government allocated HKD 80 billion as an employment promotion program on April 8th. The airline has not commented on taking advantage of this program.