Cathay Opposes Jetstar Hong Kong Start-Up

Cathay Pacific Airways has filed a formal objection against the start-up of a new low-cost airline, Jetstar Hong Kong, which would operate out of Hong Kong as a joint venture between Qantas and China Eastern Airlines Corp. Cathay argues that as the new carrier would be headed by Qantas, based in Australia, Jetstar Hong Kong would both violate local laws and be detrimental to Hong Kong’s interests. “The setting up of Jetstar Hong Kong is an attempt by a foreign carrier to gain access to Hong Kong’s pool of traffic rights without a fair exchange of value to Hong Kong. This is against the principle of fairness and reciprocity and is not in the best interests of Hong Kong,” Cathay said in a statement. Cathay filed its complaint with the Air Transport Licensing Authority, which will now consider all sides and make a decision within the coming few months.

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