Make Hong Kong no-fly zone due to hard Covid detentions: pilots union
THE Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA) has demanded FedEx suspend operations in Hong Kong after its members were subject to 'extremely difficult conditions' in government-mandated quarantine detention, Reuters reported
18 January 2021 - 19:00
ALPA, the pilots union, said three asymptomatic FedEx pilots infected with the coronavirus were forced into mandated hospital facilities for up to 10 days in Hong Kong.
Several other pilots who tested negative, but had been in contact with individuals who tested positive, were put in government camps 'under extremely difficult conditions,' the world's largest pilots' union said.
'Not only do these situations pose unacceptable risks to our pilots' safety and wellbeing, but they also create added stress and distraction for flight operations,' said FedEx ALPA representative Dave Chase.
FedEx in a statement said the company was fully engaged with government authorities to support its crew members in situations that required medical treatment or self-isolation in Hong Kong.
The statement comes as Hong Kong implemented tightened testing and quarantine arrangements for sea on and air crew entering the city.
Before arriving, crew must test negative for Covid within 48 hours of boarding. On arrival, they will be tested again and must self-isolate without going into the community, the government said.
There have been numerous instances of aircrew flouting quarantine rules, including a FedEx pilot who flew from Boston to Hong Kong.
On July 26, one Twitter user based in Hong Kong posted that he had met the pilot on the city's historic Peak tram as he awaited his test results, said Reuters.
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