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Letter: The real driver of high Cathay Pacific fares? It’s not rising staff costs

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Readers discuss staffing issues at Hong Kong’s flag carrier, and how the commercial sector can help pave the way for legal recognition of same-sex partnershipsCathay PacificLettersPublished: 2:30pm, 23 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Feel strongly about these letters, or any other aspects of the news? Share your views by emailing us your Letter to the Editor at [email protected] or filling in this Google form. Submissions should not exceed 400 words, and must include your full name and address, plus a phone number for verification.The letter, “Cheaper Cathay Pacific fares? Don’t hold your breath” ( September 10), correctly highlights “reignited travel demand”. Unfortunately, your correspondent skirts around the supply side causes of high ticket prices, specifically, the lack of flights.

This August, Cathay flew only 55 per cent of the flights that it did in August 2019. This is the real driver of high ticket prices.

The reason that so many aircraft are grounded is that there are insufficient pilots and cabin crew to operate them. And the reason for the lack of crew is that Cathay management slashed salaries and allowances permanently for most of its frontline crew, causing many of them to leave the airline and not return.

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