FedEx has shuttered its Hong Kong pilot base due to uncertainties caused by local COVID-19 restrictions.
According to its new memo, Robin Sebasco, FedEx’s system chief pilot said the closure was permanent and that they are already starting to relocate their pilots.
Hong Kong would still remain as part of FedEx’s logistic chain but would be handled by pilots based in Oakland, California.
“We continue to operate and serve our customers in this important market with the safety and well-being of our team members as our top priority,” said FedEx.
FedEx’s decision came after Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that authorities will consider tougher rules on air transport after three Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. cargo pilots tested positive for COVID-19 after coming home from Frankfurt.
“For now, I think the measures taken by the government and the airlines are appropriate. We will monitor the situation and will resort to stricter measures if necessary that may affect Hong Kong’s daily operation and economy,” said Lam.
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